Category: Course 5

Course 5: Change as Opportunities

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 Online11 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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Time to Bring it All Together!

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!