We made it! The past few months have been an interesting time to be an educator! Schools around the world have closed their doors and been operating in virtual environments, because of emergency closure. We are beginning to see schools reopen and come out the other side into our “new normal.”

At the same time of grappling with all this, you have been delving into the world of COETAIL and have swept through Course 1 and 2. We hope that the concepts and skills that we have been reflected upon have helped you throughout this process. Wow, that is impressive!

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I have absolutely loved this course and the opportunities that you have all shared about what you are doing in your virtual classrooms, or in some cases, what you hope to do next time in either your digital or real classroom. The readings and resources sparked some really interesting discussions and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how your thinking has evolved.

Our efforts to lead by example with respect to our digital lives is so important and your students and colleagues are so lucky to have you guiding them through this ever-changing landscape.

A couple of things that have caught my eye in the past week or two, have been:

Shalene shared the importance of getting out of the way of students and let them be amazing… ” We can empower students to use technology to positively impact the world by allowing them the creative liberties to express themselves within the mandated curriculum. Giving students choices and options to demonstrate their learning is one way that can empower students.

Simon explained how different it is for his students compared to his time growing up, in connecting with his peers. “My students told me that they use TikTok to create and share videos dancing or lip syncing to songs with each other. It’s great to hear about them being creators and admit to geeking out over a social media platform. Thinking back to when I was in school, this all feels a long way from monochromatic text messages sent from my Nokia 3310 or meeting up with friends on MSN messenger.”

Holly reflected that even though her students are young, it is vital to begin to teach them at a young age about posting information online . “Seven-year-olds may not yet be ready to fact-check news articles or find original sources for posts online; however, they can begin to hear about the concept of people posting false information online.”

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As always, week 6 is for catching up on posts (the last few hurdles) and comments and getting your final project posted. Finding a way to embed the project in a blog post is ideal, but if your project doesn’t lend itself to being embedded then you can get creative.

Ensure that your blog post introduces and explains your project to your reader and features your reflection on the process of collaboration. I am excited to see what you have created!

Your checklist reminder for this week:

  • One blog post for each week of the course (5 in total)
  • One additional blog post reflecting on your final project (for a total of 6 posts)
  • A final project embedded into your last blog post for Course 2
  • One comment for each week of the course (for a total of 5 comments)
  • Course work is due May 31st 2020

Please keep in mind the late work policy that COETAIL has on the main site. I am able to be somewhat flexible if circumstances outside of your control are causing you to run a little over, however, this means feedback will be limited.

Have a great couple of weeks!!