I am beginning to see a theme…after last week where I was waxing lyrical about visible thinking routines now I am hooking you into the importance of creatively visualizing our ideas and data to enhance understanding and communication.

But before we delve into some visual thinkery, I want to celebrate some of the posts that have started to roll in for Course 3.

  • Andrea has added a splash of minty freshness with her contrasting colours in background, font and headings. Here are the awesome results below

  • Cindy has stripped back on the colour and simplified the information that she wants her blog readers to see first. Check out the fantastic streamlined results.
  • Melanie  has thought about how her readers can navigate around her blog site and making it easier to hone in on her message by using bullet points, shorter sentences and images that help to tell a story.
  • Simon has been experimenting with using images that not only help to share his message but also break up content into manageable chunks. He has also “started to use the preview button on WordPress to look at what my post will look like before I post it.” Great idea!

Photo by Binit Sharma on Unsplash


As I was saying before, this week we are thinking about:

  • Effectively visualizing complex ideas and data is important in our content-rich world.
  • There are many different ways to communicate ideas, knowledge, and connections.

There is so much data and information that we are able to access with a click of a button (on any subject matter that you care to delve into – Jamie Vardy’s 100 premier league goals is a personal favorite of mine but you may not want to spend 55 minutes of your life watching this!)

So, how do we turn data into something accessible and usable to all of us? How do we share the data that we want to share? How do we tell the story behind the data?

This is a great video that unpacks some of these questions and how we use design principles to create meaningful data visualization. Because information is truly beautiful!

There are many ways in which we can represent the information that we want to share to our audience and Keri-Lee Beasley’s “Design Secrets Revealed” are a wonderful resource to begin thinking about this. As is Kathy Schrock’s infographic resources which give you practical ways of getting students to use ,and create infographics in their learning.

There are a heap of digital tools that can help you and your students create infographics. Canva is one of my go to tools when creating posters, infographics and breaking information into chunks. An alternative is Piktochart, which is really user friendly and allows you to turn heavy content into a visual story.

If creating infographics feels like a push right now, how about visual note taking instead? It is way more fun than creating notes, it enhances memory and improves understanding.

Or how about getting students to create their own memes?

Your turn…

Create an infographic to effectively & creatively communicate an idea or data. What is the purpose of your infographic? Who is the intended audience? 

Write a blog post reflecting on the creation of your infographic. Don’t forget to embed it! Some questions you might consider: How did this creation process differ from others? How did the purpose and intended audience impact the final product? If you used this infographic in a lesson, a presentation, or on your blog, how did others react to it? How did it impact their understanding of the idea/data/concept?

Getting ahead of Ourselves: Thinking about the Course 3 Final Project

You are required to collaborate on this project to deepen the experience of a globally collaborative project. Below are several options, however, the most important aspect of this project is the concept of global collaboration, not the content.

Each member of the group should be part of our COETAIL Cohort, but the more diverse you can make your group, the more realistic your global collaboration experience will be. Ideally, your group will have 3 to 4 participants and be made of participants outside of your school. Part of your challenge will be to communicate with the other members of your cohort to determine who might be interested in collaborating with you. How did creating groups for the Course 2 final project go? What might you need to change in order to better facilitate global collaboration this time around?

Like all COETAIL assignments, the intention of this project is to give you time and purpose to create something you will actually use so that you can continue transforming your learning environment in a way that is right for you and your community.

Although this final project is collaborative, you will each need to write your own individual, original reflective blog post with your unit plan and learning experience slidedeck embedded.

  • Option 1
    • Create a unit planner based on the enduring understandings of this course that support students in becoming Creative Communicators and Global Collaborators (ISTE Standards for Students 6 and 7)
    • Choose one learning experience from your unit plan and develop it to the extent that you could facilitate it
  • Option 2
    • Create a 2-4 hour professional development program based on the enduring understandings from this course that support educators to grow as Collaborators and Facilitators (ISTE Standard for Educators 4 & 6)
    • Choose one learning experience from your PD plan and develop it to the extent that you could facilitate it
  • Option 3
    • Propose a group project to me! The project must have relevance to teaching and learning and the enduring understandings of this course.

Please note: You are NOT required to facilitate the unit plan/Professional development before the end of this course. But if you are able to, we would love to know how it went!

This week:

  • Ensure that you have published week 1 & 2 blog posts
  • Ensure you have added the URL for posts to the gradesheet
  • Ensure you have commented on at least 2 other blog posts (from weeks 1 and 2) and added links to gradesheet)