Course 5 is here and there has been so much learning along our journey’s so far. It is hard to believe that a year ago we were getting to know each other with our first blog posts.

Fast forward 12 months and it is time to bring it all together with your #COETAIL final projects. I am so excited about seeing it all come together in  the culmination of all of the things you have learned throughout your COETAIL experience!

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Your Voice!

Course 5 is all about you, and how you will be showcasing your understanding of the ISTE Standards for Educators and your personal journey as an educator. The subject of your blog posts will be up to you as will reflect your individual thoughts and experiences as an educator. They will also be reflective of your current teaching environment (in person, from a distance or in a hybrid environment) and tailored to your unique challenges or successes as an educator, right now.

That’s one of the things that makes COETAIL so exciting….with educators coming from countries spanning the globe, we get to hear so many perspectives and viewpoints on what is happening in our schools and classrooms and learn together.

Course 5 Components

  • Blogging: 6 posts in total. 4 on a topic of your choice, 1 about community engagement & involvement, and one about the final project. (See the My Courses tabs for more details). There aren’t due at certain times, however it is expected that you post throughout the course to show how your thinking may be evolving throughout the course.
  • Peer Comments
  • Final Project (check out this awesome YouTube playlist of projects)

Here is an example of a final project created by COETAIL’er Matt Broughton. 

There are some great ideas in “8 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content” from CopyBlogger. One of the things to remember is that readers are impatient and thus the importance of employing scannable text.

What can you do to engage your readers so they lean into your content, stay on your pages, and interact with your information?

Since we covered it so long ago in Course 1, it might be good to revisit now. Here are a few tips to remember when writing for Course 5!

  • Break up walls of text. Don’t forget to add images into your post to break up those overwhelming larger paragraphs.
  • Don’t forget the headers! Share ideas in separate chunks of text and include headers about them to help the reader scan your post easily.
  • Use lists and bullets….but not too much. Including short lists can aid in readability but ensure you aren’t overusing them. Ask yourself if your ideas can be shared in a list form at any point.

Here we go!
As usual, please let me know if you have any questions about your Course 5 final project and how I might be able to help!