Application to the Classroom
In Week 2, you were introduced to framework and expectations of the Final Project for Course 1 and we’ll continually refer to it. This week, you have some focused readings about tech integration in the classroom around the essential question “How can we effectively, practically and authentically embed technology within our curricular areas?”. This is a constant question educators must ask themselves in regards to technology used in our classrooms and schools. I’ll be interested to read about your perspectives and also how your answers to this question evolves over the course of your COETAIL experience.
Social Media for Professional Growth
I’ve found huge benefits of being active on Twitter professionally (I do know it’s not for everyone), and it’s become a huge resource for me especially for my work in technology integration and coaching. All our Online 9 participants are on Twitter so I made a Twitter List (COETAIL Online 9) that you can subscribe to so you can follow and interact with each other. Lists are an example of a way to manage people you follow on Twitter. (I highly recommend TweetDeck for organizing and managing the tweets you see) Check out the resources in the Week 3 module for more ideas on how you can use Twitter and Google+ to building your PLN. It’s a process and I always recommend starting where you are comfortable and building from there.
Educators are also making connections via Facebook and @kehrimagalad shares a great story about how she found the power of Facebook for connecting with other music educators.
You’re checking Facebook? At work?!
I’ve already started Tweeting out some of your blog posts on Twitter and I encourage you to tweet about them yourself! Really! You can get some great interaction this way. I tweeted out @nicholasgarvin’s blog post mentioning Will Richardson (the author of the article he referred to in his post) and Will responded!
Everyone has their blogs up and running and we encourage you to develop and personalize your blog over time. You can try new out different themes and look at adding widgets.
Embedding videos into a blog post is a great way to share content. A video or document that is embedded (instead of just linked) makes it easier for the reader to view the content. Here’s a simple method for embedding a YouTube video.
You can “tag” people in your post or comment by using the @ sign. When you do this it sends that user an email telling them they have been tagged in a post or comment. A great way to give people credit or point them to something that you think might interest them. Type @ and then the start of someone’s username and you’ll see a list of usernames start to appear. (I’ve done this twice in this post already)
Hyperlinking in a comment is a great way to keep a conversation going and share resources. The trick is you need to use an HTML code to do this in comments. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a programmer to do this! You will need a line of code and add the link and the text in. See here for the code and an example of how it’s done.
Add a question or two at the end of your blog post to encourage interaction from visitors to your blog. See an example of this on @nicholasgarvin post “Connectors first, Content experts second”.
A few thoughts…
I know there’s been a lot to do and learn and figure out already over the past few weeks and it can feel like information overload. The main thing about COETAIL is learning and growing and this means that you are starting where you are and going from there. Of course you have certain expectations to meet (blog posts, commenting and final projects) but you will all meet those in your own way. We will also offer you suggestions on things you can work and expand on but if you are not ready to add widgets to your blog or a hyperlink in a comment this week, it’s okay. You’ll get there.