It is hard to believe that we are nearly 4 weeks into our final course of COETAIL. As schools continue to reopen and then close, all over the world, I am reminded time and time again the importance of looking after ourselves, our students and our work colleagues.

Personally, my school is attempting to begin the reopening process. After 354 days of virtual learning all teachers will be allowed on campus tomorrow (March 1st). Then we will welcome back our students on March 8th.

Whatever your scenario is right now I hope you are doing OK. Please know that whatever your current school situation then the COETAIL community is here to help and support you.

As with all change then there is also opportunities.

This week I really enjoyed reading Michael Fullan’s new paper “The right drivers for whole system success”. It offers a roadmap for the future and how we make changes in our systems to create better tomorrow.

Michael Fullan, “The right drivers for whole system success”

“The best stance we can take is to know that almost, everything will be different. In short, this prolonged ambiguity creates a tangible opportunity to make positive change happen.”  Michael Fullan, The right drivers for whole system success

I wonder how your C5 projects might include some of these drivers for success?

Making a start

Getting started with C5 is a little daunting at first. The course feels a bit different from others as you are not pointed on the direction of materials or asked guiding questions. Instead you can choose what you write about. My advice for you, if you have not yet started is find something that you are working on right now and start documenting the what, the why and the how in the form of a blog post.

If you want to sneak peak into how others of our community have started to blog in C5, then check out a few of these posts to get you thinking.

Simona wrote her first post of C5 and it was centered around the preparation that she is making for her Final Project which is about creating a Museum for her students.  “In Preparation for ISB Museum/ The Researcher”. It is great to see how Simona is documenting the process of getting the Museum up and running with images, videos, and written reflection. I have a feeling that doing this will really help when the time comes to make the final video reflection for C5.

Luiz took some time to share his thinking around social media and especially Twitter. I enjoyed reading his thoughtful reflection about ways in which we can use technology to connect to a larger audience and to other sources of information and inspiration. He end the post with some great questions. I am sure he would love for you to continue the conversation. “What is the best way to get the most out of Twitter? What tips or advice do you have? Is it about followers or the use of hashtags? Who do you like to follow on the platform?”

Cindy Kaardal “My COETAIL journey”

Cindy is taking the opportunity to move through the design process in creating one strong lesson that incorporates technology to transform learning. She is focused on asking her students to give feedback to each other using the 6+1 traits. Her second post focused on the idea of bringing clarity to what she was asking her students to do. She shared information from Julie Dirksen from her book “Design for How People Learn” and reflected on the types of objectives. The final objective is as clear as crystal!

Whatever your current scenario I hope that these blogs might help to kickstart your Course 5 journey. 

Next time out I will be writing about the different video tools that we might be wanting to use to put together our final projects.

Course 5 Considerations – What should you be doing right now?

  • You should be thinking about the 5 blog posts required for the course and how you might space those out over the time you are given. Please see the Online12 calendar for dates.
  • Throughout the course, please comment and link in the gradesheet
  • You are continuing to work on your final project. Check out some previous Course 5 projects here!

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