The world is changing and the requirements for people entering into this world are different than they have been in the past.

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This quote by Shannon Doak from Emerging Theories of Learning and the Role of Technology is a fitting way to begin this week big understandings and our personal reflections.

So far, throughout all of our COETAIL courses, we’ve been writing and researching about different aspects of technology integration and the hope is that you are starting to solidify a personal definition or perhaps even philosophy around this idea. What is good technology integration? What isn’t it? Why do you believe that it’s important to integrate technology  authentically and how do you measure or assess the integration in your classroom and throughout your school?

How might human connections make deep learning possible?

This week our aligned  ISTE Standard for Educators is 5.c. Educators explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning. You’ll be considering the role of learning partnerships and how human connections can help enhance learning and enable us to develop deeper understandings.

Fullan and Langworthy describe effective partnering as something that is built on “principles of equity, transparency, reciprocal accountability and mutual benefit.” Teachers and students no longer have a transactional relationship where the teacher gives knowledge and the student receives, but rather a proactive co-learning relationship.

This feeds into the idea of how important relationships are in schools. Jennifer Gonzalez (aka Cult of Pedagogy) explains about the Marigold Effect. Whereby “Many experienced gardeners follow a concept called companion planting: placing certain vegetables and plants near each other to improve growth for one or both plants.” This transforms into the idea of learning from and with each other as we both individually but collectively.

When we take time to put relationships first in education this gives is a strong foundation in which we can build from. Which in turn supports our ability to ; create and develop innovative learning environments; make deep learning possible, use technology to redefine and transform learning.

It makes me wonder…

  • How might human connections make deep learning possible?
  • How might the classroom/school environment impact learning partnerships?

I would love to know your thinking around our essential questions for the week. Take a look at some of the great resources that will get you excited about just what is possible when we find the sweet spot of technology, deep learning and knowing our students.

Week Two To Do List:

I know what it is like at schools as we hit the November period! There is a lot that is happening and will be happening in the coming six weeks before our next vacation. My advice is to try and stay on top of COETAIL posts and comments as before we know it, it will be December…and that gets even crazier!

By the end of this week try and have written two blog posts and two comments on members of our cohort.

Talking of commenting I want to share how impressed and rich the comments are becoming. I have seen a big shift in the comments being richer in community spirit and understanding. Many have links, questions and new discoveries to deepen our collective understanding. Thank you for that! Remember, if someone comments then please try to approve it and reply back. Commenting on blogs should be like a conversation.

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You should work through Unit 3 of Google for Education’s Certified Trainer Training: Implement Best Coaching Practices. How might you coach your colleagues in any of the concepts you’ve learned during your COETAIL journey?

In this unit, you’ll learn:

  • How to build relationships through peer coaching 
  • How to effectively model for teachers 
  • How to perform a demonstration lesson 
  • How to model real-time flexibility and responsiveness 
  • How to use non-evaluative coaching 
  • How to adhere to proven principles/frameworks for feedback

As you progress, connect with your cohort peers to support each other!