Category: Course 1

Week 6: Course 1 Final Project

Building our community

These are unprecedented times. Over 70 countries, around the world, have announced or implemented the closure of educational institutions in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Of course this is not a new thing. Some schools in Asia have been closed for nearly 8 weeks, already. For others they may have closed in the past week. And some of us are getting prepared to move to continuous learning.

Whatever stage you are at with distance learning, please understand that we are all in this together. We can support each other with resources, tools and ideas. The #COETAIL community and your growing PLN are great sources of inspiration, who believe in the power of connections. So please reach out if you have a question or a challenge in our “new normal” of continuous learning. We are all in this together!

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Catching Up…

This week I have felt like I have constantly been catching up!

  • Monday- Day planning our new Inquiry Based Units with ES Social Studies and Science leaders
  • Tuesday – Travel with Grade 5 team to Chiriqui,Panama, over 500 km away from school – for a 4 day “without walls” experience. Then our school was told to close because of the pandemic.

Since then it has been a roller coaster of emotions. Supporting a school community to distance learning, suddenly, when you are not there in person has been interesting! It was certainly a way of using tools, authentically, using distance learning tools such as , G-Suite, Zoom, Padlet etc.. We are in day 3 now of distance learning and we are slowly catching up!

As we move into the final week of this course I am sure you are probably feeling like this too. After catching up with your posts yesterday, I hope you can look back on your posts and feel a sense of accomplishment in the work that you have produced and shared so far.  

Simona reflected that with online learning and “This week was quite successful because I could learn from my experience. Based on my results of the previous experience, how much information should I give, and reduce the vocabulary and examples for the little ones, and encourage them enough to be motivated to create and give their best? I learned to mention they’re good results in our shout outs and virtual assemblies and virtual talent shows at the end of the week. To post on the weekly newsletter some of their artworks to feel proud by themself and gain more confidence, that they have an “authentic audience”.

Holly shared that she is really thinking about how she is using technology because of the readings and prompts in Course 1. “We’re thinking about how to appropriately use technology with our students by first thinking of the learning objectives and what we want our students to learn. In the past, I have explored new technology with my students by trying them out. It was more of a technology for technology’s sake.”

Erika is getting prepared for distance learning with a variety of G-suite tools. ” I plan to utilize the following Google tools during distance learning: Google Classroom to share lessons and photos of anchor charts; the daily lessons will be put into a Google Slides deck which will be uploaded to Google Classroom; to track students’ work and which students I meet with virtually I will use a Google Sheets spreadsheet that the ES tech integrationist has made a template for; the teachers will be using Google Meet to have face-to-face interactions with the students daily. “

This week is intended to give you time to catch up on any work you have missed and to complete your final project (the UBD unit planner and reflective blog post).

March 22nd is the final day to ensure you have completed all Course 1 requirements:

  • 6 blog posts (including your final project/blog post)
  • 5 comments on other participant blogs
  • Links to blog posts and comments added to your gradesheet

Your blog post this week is slightly different as you don’t have to reflect or comment on any readings, but you should write something to introduce your unit plan and explain why you chose this as your final project. Some questions to consider:

  • If you have built on an existing unit, what have you changed and why?
  • If you started from scratch, how did you decide on this unit? 
  • How does this relate to the learning in Course 1? 
  • What outcomes do you hope to see when students complete this learning experience/unit?
  • If you facilitated this experience, how did the learners respond to it? What feedback did you collect to inform future experiences?

Two important reminders for those of you pursuing GET certification:

  • Your final project should make use of Google tools that support learning.
  • You may choose to create a unit of inquiry from the perspective of a trainer of teachers. You can use the technology standards for teachers that you use at your school or the ISTE Standards for Educators.

We have provided you with a UbD unit template, but if you are more comfortable with a different unit planner template please feel free to use it. We really want you to be able to use this time to put together (or enhance) a unit that you will actually use with your students. So do what you can to make this unit usable! Here’s a link to the project rubric that will be used to assess your final project.

Embedding the Google Doc into your blog post can be a little tricky so please take some time to review this helpful blog post on how to embed a Google Doc into your post.


As we reach the end of course 1, one of the things that can help in keeping a check on our posts is by using categories on our blogs. Think of it a little like cleaning and organizing your house, as you prepare for some new furniture (Course 2)!

This tutorial shows how to make pages show posts from certain categories and assign them to top menu in WordPress. Happy Categorizing!

Virtual Elbow Bump!

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I want to thank everyone for doing such a wonderful job during Course 1. I have been inspired and excited to see the enthusiasm and hard work put into each and every one of your blog posts.

You are clearly a caring group of educators looking to grow with one another and I loved seeing the connections you have made throughout the last 6 weeks. As we finish up course 1, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns about the final project. I look forward to seeing them!


Week 5: From Theory into Practice

Geeking out in Theories

Education is a constantly evolving force of nature. There are new ideas, remixed ideas, old ideas that have been re-packaged or tweaked. Learning theories are part of this ever evolving process, too.

Since Plato, there have been many theorists and theories that have emerged. Each one with a different take on how students learn. Learning theories describe “how students absorb, process, and retain knowledge during learning.” The amount of different theories can make it feel like swimming through treacle! Luckily there is a wonderful graphic created by Richard Millwood from his blog “A new learning landscape”

Image courtesy of Richard Millwood

This week our focus turns to some of these learning theories as we reflect on the question “How might we utilize learning theories to engage and motivate our students and colleagues?”

Here are a few big ones to consider that are central to many of the ideas, concepts and key understandings during our time together in COETAIL.


Constructivism is based on the premise that we construct learning new ideas based on our own prior knowledge and experiences. Learning, therefore, is unique to the individual learner. Students adapt their models of understanding either by reflecting on prior theories or resolving misconceptions.

If you think about what this looks like in the classroom then this could be problem based learning, research projects, group collaborations and inquiry based learning.

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Connectivism is a learning theory for understanding learning in a digital age. It emphasizes how internet technologies have created new opportunities for people to learn and share information. These digital tools such as web browsers, search engines, wikis, online discussion forums, and social networks have changed the learning that is happening in and out of our classrooms and schools.

If you think about what this looks like then this could be googling a fact or information that no one knows the answer or have you ever listened to a speaker and thought to yourself, “I want to know more,” and used technology to dig a little deeper well that is connectivism, too!

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy, for example, is not a new model but it’s revision into Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and then Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy by Andrew Churches, turned it into a very actionable set of elements that apply to how we conduct our teaching practices today. The video below from Common Sense Media does a great job of explaining how “educators are reframing Bloom’s Taxonomy through the lens of educational technology.”

I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and reflections on the topic this week! Some questions to think about this week.

  • How do you use the learning theories in your everyday practice to support student learning?
  • Are you starting to notice different things in your classroom/school?
  • Have you begun modifying what you do in your classroom/school?
  • How has your understanding of learning theories affected your planning and implementation of online learning (if you have been affected by COVID-19)?

Reflecting on last week posts

There were so many great action plans shared last week in your posts. I just wanted to give you all a huge digital high five on the great writing, reflection and sharing. If you haven’t had the chance to read everyone’s posts I would highly recommend doing so. You will be inspired to take up activities such as Birthday Party Planning, preparing a soigné dinner for two, effective VLE for Art Class, painting an army of Space Marines and Prussian Ceramics. What an amazing group of learners you all are

Going through this process led to a number of “ah ha” moments. Like this from Julija , who reflected on the process behind “messing around” with a new skill. “Having written this blog post I’ve realized that even planning of putting myself into the “learners’” chair already made me understand the feelings and frustration of my students much better. Moreover, now I see how much students and learners can benefit from simple messing around.”

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As a reminder…

Hard to believe that we are in Week 5 already! If you are behind for some reason please make an effort to catch up. There is a great community being built by our participants and if you fall behind you may not be as present in the conversations already happening on our blogs and at #COETAIL. The program policy for late work can be found here. As a reminder to be up to date:

  • Read and completed all units up to Week 5 in the My Courses tab
  • Written 4 blog posts and commented on at least 4 of your peer’s posts
  • Recorded the URL’s for each blog post and the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on the gradesheet you shared with me
  • Begun thinking about your Course 1 final project

Please, please let me know how I can support you at any time during the course of this program. If you want feedback on an idea or a blog post just shout!

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I am going on a residential field trip (with Grade 5) this week for 4 days, from Tuesday to Friday. I will have access to the internet but only in the evenings, so please bear with me!


Week 4: Planning for Tech-Rich Learning

Reflecting back

J.Bevans 2020 CC

Welcome to Week 4! I am back home after a week away unwinding on the beach. I had a great time with my family and also managed to get some more hours in my attempt to learn to surf! I look forward to reading more about some of your personal goals, too!

I am so excited about the amazing blog posts that have been shared so far in the course. I spent yesterday catching up with some of your posts, they are thought provoking, informative and personal. You are certainly finding your voice:

Luiz reflected that he needs to be more proactive in using some of the research tools available to him to continue his professional growth. ” I have always relied on face-to-face professional development, waiting for the research to gain enough momentum to warrant a school paying the big bucks to have someone come and spoonfeed it to me. I now realize I need to become more proactive, particularly as the digital world seems to move faster than things like ‘differentiation’.”

Katya shared that she did not how to write a blog post (because she had never been show how to) AND so she researched it! ” I got the classical education, and I know how to write an article, research paper, or a speech. I have never learned how to write a blog. So, I searched!

Julija’s thoughts turned to critical thinking and giving students the tools to research effectively. “Teachers have a huge role not only in teaching students about critical thinking which they have to apply while using digital tools everywhere – both at school during their learning practice, but also in their personal everyday lives. Young people need to enrich their knowledge about the world around them and be aware of the current global issues. Our students is the future and it is essential to give them fundamental knowledge about digital tools and research.”

Cindy also shares this idea of students being taught research skills because everyone is curious and has things that they want/need to find out.” In today’s day and age, I believe that everyone needs to be capable of finding things out on their own. Of being an inquirer. Of decoding instructions and making them relevant.”

Walking the road with COETAIL: Getting up to date

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This is Week 4 and we know that things come up in our work and personal lives. COETAIL is a journey and the learning does build on each other. By now, you should have completed the following:

  • read and completed all units up to Week 4
  • started to think about your final project for Course 1 (maybe you just started that one second ago)
  • written 3 blog posts & 3 comments
  • recorded the URLs of each of the posts & comments on your grading spreadsheet

It’s OK if you are a little behind, but try to squeeze in some time this week to catch up if you can. It’s great when we are all posted in a timely manner so that comments and conversations can be had by all members of our cohort. Please let me know if you need my help getting caught up. You can find more information about COETAILS late work policy here.

The Course 1 Project

Each course has a final project that is posted as your week 6 blog post (with a project reflection). For course one, you will be uploading a unit plan that incorporates the essential understandings from this course. Ideally, you will be either designing a new unit that you hope to use soon or perhaps tweaking a unit you recently finished so that it’s ready to go for next year. You can find the details, examples, and templates needed here. Feel free to use whatever unit planner layout that you use in your school (just be sure it includes the same key elements in some shape or form).

Connecting with Cohort 11!

A big part of COETAIL is connecting with the wider educational community. Our Online 11 Cohort is currently in Course 5 and I’m sure they would love it if you took some time to check out their blogs.

Not only will it help you build your own PLN, but it will also give you some insight into the coming course work. You can find their blog addresses here.

Blogging Tips

A few questions have been coming in about setting up your RSS Feed. If you are having challenges with this then hopefully some of these articles will support you in getting this all set up.

If there are any questions or queries, with your RSS feed OR anything else, then please email me and let me know. I am here to help! Now onto week 4…

Technology to support meaningful learning

Technology has the ability to transform the learning experiences in our classrooms and schools so that it redefines the learning that takes place. But, how do we plan for tech-rich learning to take place? How do we make the tech-rich learning authentic and purposeful? How can we embed technology seamlessly into our curricular areas?

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I remember that as I was journeying through my COETAIL experience, these questions became so embedded in my psyche! And, I still use these questions with teachers and teams, who I collaborate with on daily basis. I urge you to write them down and return to them not only during this week and for the rest of the Course, but also anytime you are planning for OR reflecting upon learning. They are rich questions that help guide our thinking and understanding about technology rich learning.

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When we choose to use technology in the learning then there are implications in the classroom and the reading will support our thinking & understanding about how we can responsibly and authentically embed technology within their curriculum. In 2020 we are in an amazing time full of engaging resources and really cool tools. As educators, it’s important to purposefully use technology so that it deepens the learning that is going to take place.

This week’s readings will help you dive a little deeper into the topic and help you reflect on your own practices in the classroom. Kim Cofino’s blog post 3 Steps to Transforming Learning in Your Classroom, in particular, will give you some insight into educational frameworks like Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model and how it can aid teachers in planning for the meaningful use of technology in the teaching and learning. I know that I often refer to SAMR when planning units so that the technologies we use facilitate high-order thinking skills and are redefining the learning experiences, for our students.

As you delve deeper into this concept you will find a flurry of other articles, blogs, links and videos that interest you and you want to read – you can read them (if you have time) or try out some of your curation tools (from week 2) Here are some articles that I have curated when exploring this topic:

I will leave you with our essential question for the week: How can we effectively, practically and authentically embed technology within our curricular areas?

As always, continue tweeting about your learning using the hashtag #COETAIL. It’s awesome to see you all building your online community.


Week 3: Connected Learning

Playa Venao – CC J.Bevans 2020

Welcome to Week 3! Time flies when you are having fun. This week is Carnival Break, in Panama, and I am currently out of Panama City and at Playa Venao, Panama. It is a time for beach, surf, swimming and for some rest and relaxation. Please be aware that I do not have WiFi access all of the time because I am camping, but will be checking in daily to stay connected.

I am really enjoying the thoughtful and reflective posts that have been shared in weeks 1 and 2. Online 12 has already proven to be a dynamic group of educators looking to build on their already impressive practice. Last week we focused on becoming a researcher and how to sift through the vast amounts of information available to us to support and enhance (ours and our) students learning.

Andrea focused on moving from a lurker to connecting and creating. “I can see how being a lifelong lurker could be detrimental to my personal growth as an educator. I want my students to be connectors, creators, collaborators, and contributors so I should be leading by example. This is essentially the reason why I am now a COETAIL-er. I want to push myself outside of the box of lurking and into the world of connecting and creating.” 

Josmary explained that she used to be a creator but lost her spark and has set herself a goal to rekindle the creative flame. “My goal through COETAIL is to awaken the collaborator and creator I once was. I read Catlin Tucker’s 5 Reasons Teachers Should Create a PLN Now! and now understand the value of maintaining and being a creator through PLNs. Staying connected with other educators and innovators, keeps the creativity and ideas flowing within the classroom setting. I truly see the Internet as a way to make connections with yourself as a learner and with others who are learning with you “

Simon shared that his research skills and curation of information were a little disorganized and he used to send emails to himself with resources (something I can relate to doing! “In the past, I sent myself emails. A lot of emails. When I found a resource online I would put the topic into the subject line and then send the link to myself. Then when I needed to find the materials I would search through my inbox and voila, they would appear. Sometimes though I’d like to play tricks on myself. I’d send emails to myself with subject lines such as, “Random Stuff.” I do this for the same reason I write “Misc” on every box when I move house, I think I’ll just remember what was in it when I see it. This is one area I need to work on, I had not thought of using Padlet as an organization tool so starting there seems like a good idea. ”

Cindy took a student centered perspective in her week 2 reflection. “Students can and should be being taught these research skills from a young age. If anything, I am hearing this silent cry behind what is written in emails from caretakers, wether they know they are saying it or not. In today’s day and age, I believe that everyone needs to be capable of finding things out on their own. Of being an inquirer. Of decoding instructions and making them relevant.” 

What I can learn when connected with others?

This week we will be focusing on how connections can strengthen and deepen our thinking and understanding. We will also uncover ways in which the connections that we create can support new learning opportunities.

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I have changed as an educator because of the connections that I have made. These connections can (and will) be different for us all. Personally, some of these connections are with educators who I have worked with (or currently do). I have also developed as an educator by meeting other teachers at conferences, workshops and institutes. However a constant source in my development is my Professional Learning Network (PLN). I know that my PLN (specifically through Twitter) has become a huge resource in my work rethinking what education can and should be like. It’s also helped provide me with ideas for professional goals both in and out of school.

I share and learn every day with educators who I have never ever met but who are a constant source of inspiration to me. One of the amazing things about International Education is how connected everyone is to each other. I work with colleagues who I knew on Twitter before meeting them in person! These global connections have also supported me with some other projects that I am involved in such as Travelling Tales and Creating Cultures of Thinking Online. Connections have pushed me try things out, to set goals and re-imagine education.

What are your professional goals? How has your network inspired you? How can you broaden your PLN? I know I am already seeing some of you participate in meaningful ways with your PLN. I am certain it will continue to enrich your experience throughout COETAIL and beyond.

Blogging Tips

Everyone has their blogs up and running and we encourage you to develop and personalize your blog over time. You can try new out different themes and look at adding widgets.

Some of you are asking about not being able to upload large files on to your blog posts. This is because their a limit on what you can directly upload to your wordpress blog. Large file sized video/audio files should always be hosted elsewhere (like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive) and should never be uploaded directly to your blog site. Once uploaded to an external site (like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive) you can embed your video/audio in a blog post using an embed block OR hyperlink to the external video.

Embedding videos into a blog post is a great way to share content. A video or document that is embedded (instead of just linked) makes it easier for the reader to view the content. See below for a simple video about embedding a YouTube video into WordPress posts.

Hyperlinking in a comment is a great way to keep a conversation going and share resources. The trick is you need to use an HTML code to do this in comments. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a programmer to do this! You will need this line of code <a href=”URL HERE”>Highlighted anchor text here</a> and you can add your link in the “URL HERE” space. Just insert in with your comment text and your link should work. 

Add a question or two at the end of your blog post to encourage interaction from visitors to your blog. See an example of this on Luiz’s post “Lurking what is that?”

Headings can add interest and organization to your post. They make it more readable and serve as visual cues that help communicate the essence of your ideas. Before beginning a new section of your post, think of a heading that will apply. You can see great examples of this in a few blog posts from weeks 1 & 2 including this post from Brittany entitled “Wholehearted Digital Citizen”


Comments: Please ensure you are approving comments on your blog. If you don’t do this you will keep your peers from receiving instructor feedback. Also, you are encouraged to comment on as many of your peer’s posts as you like, but you are only asked to add one comment per week to the gradesheet for feedback. 

Gradesheet: Some of you have not yet filled in your blog posts URL’s for feedback on the Gradesheet. You share it with me previously so it should be in your Google Drive. Each week please fill in your blog post title, URL, and date. Please also fill in a URL for one of your peer comments.


Researching in a Sea of Information

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Tips for the Researcher

Welcome to Week 2 of Course 1. It has been great to get to know you as we have set sail aboard the good ship COETAIL! This week we are grappling with the idea about the vast amount of knowledge that is readily available to us and how best to find it. Sometimes it really can feel like we are swimming in information…So how do we try to navigate through this sea of information?

We have more information at our fingertips than at any time in history so having strategies for locating and curating information is key. It’s an important component of digital literacy, and essential when teaching students (and ourselves) how to use these tools which we have at our disposal 24/7.
Screenshot taken at 6:57am EST 16/2/20

To give you an idea of the vast amounts of information being shared and consumed online, check out the site called Internet Live Stats. You will get a real-time count of the number of internet users, websites, and Google searches happening at any given minute on the internet. Truly amazing!

Online Research Tips

As we take on the huge task of sifting through the internet I have put a few helpful sites below:

When we have found what we were looking for (not like U2!), how do we organize our research and information so that we can use it in the future?

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Tools for Curation

When we have found the information that we were looking for, it is a good idea to keep it in a place that we can find it. Otherwise it can be a little baffling when we do look for it at a later date (see the photo to the right!) This is why it’s good to have strategies for keeping all of the goodies we find. Using online curation sites have really helped to keep myself organized. Here are a few that I use again and again:

  • Pocket is the perfect place to keep tabs on all your interesting articles in one place,for future reference. Read a blog that you like whilst on your phone, save it to pocket and know that you can find it again (this has saved me a lot of time!) You can easily group articles by tagging and built-in search functionality makes finding those articles easy.
  • Padlet is a fantastic multifaceted tool (not just for curation of research). You can create and share digital bulletin boards categorized in any way you choose. Pick between your favorite way of storing your research with mind-maps, shelves, or news-feed when organizing your content.
  • Wakelet is a wonderful curation tool because it allows you to keep all of the media you find in one convenient news-feed. Like Padlet you can also collaborate and share your findings with others.

This Week:

Check the My Courses page to see your readings and blogging assignment for week 2. Your blog post will be reflecting upon your journey in becoming a researcher. Some questions that you might want to consider when blogging are: How will you actively seek out knowledge instead of letting it come to you? How might being an active researcher impact your practice?

As we move into Week 2 of Course 1, I recommend that you try and maintain (or start!) some of your COETAIL habits. Try to get into the habit of reading the materials and thinking about the concepts and questions during the week and then setting aside time to get your thoughts out via your blog. A huge element of COETAIL is the community learning approach. Feedback from each other is crucial in building our community of learners and deepening our collective understanding. Finally, don’t forget to update your Gradesheet with your blog posts and comments that you are posting, as you leave helpful feedback for your peers as well.

As always, please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions. Happy Researching!


Setting Sail – COETAIL12

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Welcome Aboard! A huge welcome to you all as we are about to enter Week 1 of Course 1. I am certain that you are ready to start the learning, connections, collaboration and fun as we set sail on COETAIL12! It has been great to get to know you, through your orientation posts. You have shared your current communities that you are part of, your have set goals that you want to achieve and thought about why COETAIL…why now?

The first week of COETAIL is all about going past passive lurking and getting connected. You will explore the concept of lurking, and discover how active participation in your professional learning network can benefit you both personally and professionally.

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I was once a lurker…

Writing this blog post I am getting a little Déjà vu. It is taking me back to my first blog post when I was part of COETAIL Cohort 5. It was titled “I am a lurker…but I am changing” – it was my call to arms to change my technology habits for the better by de-lurking and becoming a creator of content. By becoming a collaborator both in and out of my classroom. It helped me to foster connections and provide my students with opportunities to critically think in authentic ways.

COETAIL pushed me to open up the windows to my classroom, to share the learning that the students were taking part in. COETAIL pushed me to increase my PLN and see Twitter as a place to connect, share and learn. COETAIL pushed me so that to take (baby) steps into the connected community. COETAIL pushed me so that I realized that my thinking and sharing of ideas resonated with other educators around the world.

That motivated me to share even more and the results were fantastic. People wanted to see what I was doing and gave me amazing feedback. I gained confidence in my practice, gathered valuable insight on how I could improve and made connections that would result in many future opportunities. I am certain it will do the same for you, too!

Putting the “Social” back into Social Media

Going from lurking to actively participating in my PLN really put the “social” into social media for me, and continues to give me inspiration and encouragement every day. I hope this week as you dig deeper into the readings that you define how being active within your professional learning network can be of value to you.

You are the captain of your ship…

Remember we are all the captain of our own learning. We are here with different experiences; in our roles and unique educational settings; with our experience of a PLN; creating and consuming content; connections and collaboration. I invite you to dig into the resources and then think about your personal journey. What is it that you are thinking now? What is it that you want to do as a result of the resources? How might you know if you are successful?

What to do this week?

  • Check in with the My Courses page to see your readings for the week.
  • Ensure you have finished any requirements from the orientation (setting up the RSS feed, sharing your gradesheet with me, etc.).
  • Ensure that when you are setting up your blog that you approve comments as you receive them. A part of your assessment is commenting on other participant blogs so they must be visible to the public.
  • Write a reflective blog post on this week’s content.
  • Share your blog post URL with me on your gradesheet.
  • Comment on at least one of your cohort members posts and link that to the gradesheet as well.
  • Don’t forget to share and hashtag #COETAIL so your peers can see when you post.
  • G.E.T. participants see the Google Education Trainer Tab for more information.

A few Blogging Tips & Tools

For those of you who may be new to blogging, here are some helpful tools that definitely come in handy when writing:

Grammarly  – Grammarly is an amazing free tool that helps you check your spelling and grammar while writing online. You can use their site, or you can download the handy Chrome extension that allows you to use it while writing anywhere on the web. It’s like having a writing assistant with you at all times.

Pixabay & UnSplash – In future weeks we will be learning about copyright and image use online, but to get you started here are two great sites for finding images that require little or no attribution. I am using one in this very blog post!

Hemingway Editor – I don’t always use the Hemingway editor, but it’s a very useful tool that gives you insight on the content and style of your writing. It will analyze your piece of writing and tell you where you might be using wordy sentences, dull or complicated words, and determine it’s readability. 

I hope that you find a few of these tools helpful to you. Happy Blogging!