Reflecting on our community of learners.

Welcome to Course 2! Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the amazing Course final projects that you created. Some of you were planning for next school year, others were creating plans that were (or are in the process of being) implemented during distance learning, because of school closures.

I really enjoyed reading about all of the amazing ideas you had and seeing how you thoughtfully embedded technology into your plans. I was also pleased to see that you were reflective of your Course 1 understandings and took the time to consider the right ISTE Standards to connect to your learning goals.

I was also incredibly impressed with the level of engagement the Online 12 community had in commenting and connecting with one another, throughout the course. It was always so exciting to see you spark discussion with each other and build both friendships and great professional connections. If you have not had a chance to look at some of the final projects then try and take a look at one or two in the coming days.

Image by tookapic from Pixabay

A thread, which I noticed, through many of your projects was that the concepts, skills and ideas from COETAIL were helping and supporting you in this Virtual Learning journey. Remember we are a community of learners who are supporting each other with ideas, resources and tools. If you need any help and support then please reach out.

I am going to reiterate a message that I shared with you via email that…Perhaps COETAIL can be a place where we connect our ideas at a time when what learning looks like and feels like is being reimagined. In this critical juncture, perhaps the big ideas can be at the center of this reimagining.

This should be seen as a beautiful opportunity to live without the shackles of a bricks and mortar institution that has hemmed in so many ideas and productive learning moments already.

Ewan Mcintosh,

Kicking off Course 2! Literacy in today’s world

In Course 2, we will be shifting our focus from ISTE Standard 1: Learner to Standard 3: Citizen. Standard 3 is all about educators inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Throughout Course 2 we will be exploring how to make positive and socially responsible choices online, reinforce media literacy skills by critically evaluating online resources, and developing a greater understanding of how we manage our digital identities and personal data.

Week 1: Remix!

Week 1’s big idea is all about respecting the intellectual property of others, which then supports a culture of innovation and remixing.

Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay

remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, poem, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new.

I love a good remix! Whether it be remixing songs so that they sound even better (Tori Amos, ‘Professional Widow’ (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix anyone??) OR changing a piece of artwork OR changing other peoples photographs OR authors remixing ideas from other authors! In can be sais that everything is a REMIX!

As educators, it’s our responsibility to model the ethical use of resources so students see how to properly give credit to content creators, artists, writers, etc. Your task this week is to explore how we can responsibly use online information and reflect on the ethical use of other’s content. Return to your previous blog posts and assess them for copyright and proper citations. Reflect on your use of resources and images and consider the following questions for reflection:

  • Do we as a global society need to rethink copyright laws?
  • Do you see this as an issue in your school?
  • What’s our role as educators in copyright usage in schools?
  • How can you inform your students and peers about the importance of proper citation?

The resources provided in your course tab are extremely useful for learning more about the tools and information available to educators surrounding copyright. In particular, I am a big fan of the Copyright Flowchart created by Langwitches blog. It’s a great visual representation of the important rules to follow when using information you find online. It’s also a great set of takeaways for those who create original content of their own. We are in an age where many students grow up wanting to be online content creators, so understanding how they can protect their own digital contributions is of equal value.

Image by OpenIcons from Pixabay

COETAIL 11 instructor, Tanya LeClair has created a fantastic poster that may be a helpful resource to share with your students (and colleagues), during online learning. It uses QR codes to link to Creative Commons Zero image sites. Feel free to take it and use it yourself as a way to model more responsible sourcing and citations of the images students may use to share their learning. In addition, you may find this playlist from Edutopia with a list of videos looking at copyright and remixing helpful.


  • If you have not finished all of your Course 1 assignments you will not be able to begin Course 2
  • Remember to check your blog for comments and approve them as soon as you receive them. Other participants may be using the comment as a part of their mark.
  • Ensure that your post uses hyperlinks to connect to Internet resources cited