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Week 6: Wrapping Up Course 3 on Visual Literacy

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this course on the topic of visual literacy. I keep going back to one of the Understandings that threads throughout this course: Design and layout of information influence effective communication. And you’ve all shared in various blog posts how this impacts how you present information to others and how we need to work with our students in understanding and applying this concept. And I hope you can carry this message to your fellow educators as well!

Progress Check
By the end of this week you should have

  • 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week. Try to keep them timely, not necessarily get them all done the first week.
  • 1 final project embedded into a final blog post for the course.

The course officially closes on March 4 and I will finish assessing posts and final projects so I can post grades by March 11. And then we’ll start Course 4 March 12 and be finished with it by the end of April! Then we have a break until September when we begin the final Course 5.

Final Project

The final projects for course 3 are always a lot of fun and there are plenty of options to fit individual interests. I know some of you have been already been sharing your ideas via your blog posts. And I’ve seen a lot of learning, self-reflection and application regarding visual literacy. I know my resources around visual literacy have grown from ones you have shared!


Week 6: Finishing Up Course 2 and 2017

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We’re into the final stretch of Course 2 (already!) and I’ve been really impressed with all the reflective and engaging and informative blog posts. This course covers some heavy, complex topics and you’ve all really shown how much you’ve gotten out of it. I’ve also loved seeing the interaction between all of you via the comments and even on Twitter.  I’m thinking about setting up some Google Hangouts after the New Year so we have some chats in real time.

I know you’ve already been working with your collaborative groups on your Course 2 Final Project. Please review the Understanding the Course 2 Final Project module to make sure you are clear about the option you’ve chosen and the rubric I will use to assess it. Week 6 ends on December 10 and I will have final grades done by December 17. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns that come up!

Final Checklist for Course 2

  • 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to be trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and/or using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • 1 Final Project and accompanying blog post
  • Please continue to check for and approved all comments on your own blog and of course respond to them

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I know I’m not alone in counting down the days to our Winter Break and will be heading to the US (Colorado) on December 15th for some family time. Course 3 officially starts January 22, 2018 so you’ll have an extended break from COETAIL before we finish off the school year with the majority of COETAIL courses completed! Again, thank you for all the effort and energy you put into Course 2 and best wishes for a relaxing, wonderful holiday season!


Week 6: Finishing Up Course 1

Week 6 is our final week of Course 1! This week is intended to give you time to catch up on any work you have missed and to complete your final project (the UBD unit planner and reflective blog post).

By the end of this week, you’ll officially be finished with Course 1 (as long as all your work is completed, of course). So, by October 22 you should have:

  • All 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • All 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • Your final project embedded in a 6th blog post with a short reflection about what you chose to do, why, and how you think it will enhance teaching and learning.
  • Approved all comments on your own blog

Course 1 Final Project

Review the Course 1 Final Project guidelines and resources and remember the UBD Unit Template is provided as a resource for you, not a requirement. If you have a format that you prefer or that might be required by your school, please use it. We want this to be something practical and useful for you, not a hoop to jump through. Ideally, this should be a unit that you plan on implementing in the coming school year so that your can share how it goes with us in a later course. Please also review the Project Rubric that will be used to assess your final project.

Your final project must be publicly viewable and linked to your reflective blog post. You’ll follow the same format for the final project of each course. There is a video on this week’s module that shows how to embed your plan in your blog.

Of course, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible!

Thank you for your hard work!

Having lived and worked in Japan many years ago, one of the phrases I still find myself wanting to use at a time like this is  お疲れ様です (o-tsukaresama desu). One thing I love about learning about language and culture is we often find phrases that express things that we don’t quite have an equivalent to in our own native language. In this case, ‘good job!’ doesn’t quite cut it. And roughly translated, お疲れ様です (o-tsukaresama desu) means “I honor your fatigue”! I’ve been reflecting about when I was going through Course 1 and the excitement and the stress that I experienced in learning and sharing with an online cohort (a first for me) and balancing that with all the other things going on in my life. So I honor the time and energy you have been putting forth in this new endeavor with COETAIL!