Category Archives: Course 1

Course 1 Complete!

Woohoo! You did it!

Today marks the end of Course 1! By now you should have:

Over this week, I’ll be reading through all of your fantastic work and adding comments to your posts and grading spreadsheet. Once your work is complete, I’ll send you an e-mail with your final grade for Course 1.

UbD Ideas, Suggestions & Resources

As I’m reading through your unit planners already, a few things have come up that may be helpful for everyone:

As you select and list the standards met at the beginning of your planner, make sure to only include the standards you will actually be assessing. It’s tempting to include all of the standards you’ll address or discuss, but this makes it much harder to design your unit and rubric. So, you should only list the standards that you will actually use to assess student learning. I struggle with this myself, because so often my units will cover many of the ISTE standards, but it really helps me focus, when I select only one or two standards. Here is an overview of the UbD planner by Grant Wiggins, and the first chapter of the UbD book, as well as a brief overview of the purpose of backwards design.

The GRASPS task is written for the students. It’s intended to be given to the students, as the assignment sheet, with an accompanying rubric. Although this is a unit planner for you as the teacher, this is the piece that is actually given to students and can be written in student-friendly language, addressing the student as “you”. It’s totally fine if you don’t give the assignment in exactly this format to your students, but it’s very helpful to actually write in student-friendly language, and to get the practice of putting assignments into context for students. The purpose of the GRAPS task is to design that context so that students know how and why this assessment task fits into the bigger picture of the unit and the “real world”. Here are a few examples from Grant Wiggins, and a very helpful GRASPS planner from the UbD Workbook.

The six facets of understanding are designed to be mini-lessons or assessments that build up to your final GRASPS task. You will want to write those statements as smaller (often formative) assessments, including actual documentation of learning. Here is chapter 4 from the UbD book, and a list of performance verbs organized by the six facets (and here’s another one!).

You do not have to complete this unit with your students before posting the planner on your blog. But of course, we would love to see the finished products whenever they are complete!

For further thinking about UbD, you might enjoy this UbD in a Nutshell from Jay McTighe, and my collection of UbD related bookmarks on Diigo (always updated!)

Time for a break!

Now that you’ve completed Course 1, please enjoy a well-deserved rest until the beginning of Course 2 (which starts on Nov 4th). You will be receiving an invoice for payment from COETAIL soon, and just like in Course 1, once you’ve paid, you’ll get access to Course 2 materials.

If you have any questions or concerns about starting Course 2, please don’t hesitate to ask!

SUNY Credit Reminder

For those that are taking COETAIL for SUNY credit, just a quick reminder that you will need to be accepted into SUNY by the end of Course 2 in oder to continue earning credit. If you have started the paperwork process, please make sure to do so ASAP.

Week 6: Wrapping Up

Note: My apologies for this post being later than usual, Learning 2.013 was amazing, but exhausting! More on this below 🙂

Welcome to Week 6!

By now you should have:

  • read and completed all readings up to “Week 6″ in the “My Courses” tab
  • gotten started on your final project, and as you do, add your project into this Google Drive folder
  • written 5 blog posts (by the end of the week you should have one additional post about your Course 1 project, for a total of 6 blog posts)
  • continue recording the URLs of each of the posts you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • continue recording the URL of each of the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • continue checking your feedback (for prior posts and comments) on your grading spreadsheet
  • completed the application process for SUNY (only if you’re taking COETAIL for SUNY credit)

Important: All Course 1 work is actually due on October 21 (thank you so much to those of you who caught the wrong due date on the Week 6 readings!)

The End of Course 1: You Made It!

Week 6 is our final week of Course 1! 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).

By the end of this week, you’ll officially be finished with Course 1 (as long as all your work is completed, of course). So, by October 21, you should have:

  • All 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • All 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • Your final project embedded in a 6th blog post with a short reflection about what you chose to do, why, and how you think it will enhance teaching and learning.
  • Your final project inside this Google Drive folder for easy access for everyone in our cohort.

An important point about the final project (UBD planner): you do not have to actually complete the project with students before Course 1 ends, we’re just asking you to plan the project and share a little bit about why you chose this particular project and how you think it will impact learning in your classroom. Ideally, it will be a project that you actually plan on doing later in the year, so that you can share your learning from that experience in a later course.

Here are a few examples from my current YIS cohort so you can see how the UbD planner looks when embedded, and the type of reflection we’re looking for:

Please let me know if any of this does not make sense or you’re confused at all!

Learning 2.013

Last week over 400 teachers from over 100 schools in the Asia region and beyond (including teachers from as far away as Ethiopia and Australia) attended the Learning 2.013 conference at UWCSEA, Singapore. If you haven’t had a chance to attend this conference yet, I think all of the COETAILers who attended would highly recommend that you do! The next conference, Learning 2.014 will be held at NIST in Bangkok, Thailand on October 2-4, start planning 🙂

A few of our cohort members (Akio, Tabitha and Louise) were even able to meet up at the conference (along with about 30 other COETAILers and alumni). I can’t believe I totally forgot to take a photo!

Let’s Hangout!

During our conversation at the COETAIL unconference (at Learning 2.013), Akio, Louise, Tabitha and I talked about the value of getting together in real time, and being able to have a more personal and social connection among our cohort participants. Akio very generously offered to host a Google Hangout for everyone in this cohort on Wed, October 23th at 8pm JST (UTC +9, check your time here).

He’s even started an agenda (which will include the Hangout link when it’s ready), so please feel free to add your thoughts here. Note, only participants in our cohort can add agenda items and this document has been placed in our Course 1 Final projects folder so that everyone in our cohort has edit rights.

Unfortunately, I most likely will not be able to make it, because I’ll be in Thailand without my computer, but I’ll give it a try from my phone if my connection is good enough. This will be a great way to get to know each other, and something we can keep running throughout the rest of the cohort. If anyone else is interested in hosting a hangout, please let me know – it would be great to keep it participant driven!

The Relevant Teacher

Most of the conference resources will be posted online, along with all of the mini-keynotes (called Learning2Talks), and quite a few of the extended sessions. The first Learning2Talk that has been posted is also one of my favorites (secret: they’re all my favorite, since I had the pleasure of working with all the Learning2Leaders as chair of the L2L committee this time around). Here’s Patrick Green speaking about The Relevant Teacher:

How does this talk resonate with you? Does it represent the kind of teaching and learning you’re seeing at your school? Are there areas you’re interested in and would like to develop further?

Week 5: Being Less Helpful

Welcome to Week 5!

By now you should have:

  • read and completed all readings up to “Week 5” in the “My Courses” tab
  • gotten started on your final project, and as you do, add your project into this Google Drive folder
  • written 4 blog posts (you should have 5 by the end of this week)
  • continue recording the URLs of each of the posts you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • continue recording the URL of each of the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • continue checking your feedback (for prior posts and comments) on your grading spreadsheet
  • completed the application process for SUNY (only if you’re taking COETAIL for SUNY credit)

Getting Together: Learning 2.013 in Singapore

I know we’re all over the world in this online cohort, but if you’re attending Learning 2.013 in Singapore this week, we’ll be having a COETAIL meet-up, most likely during one of the unconference times (but we haven’t decided yet), and we’d love to see you there! As part of the Conference Committee, I’ll be heading down to Singapore on Monday, and will look forward to meeting up with some of you when you arrive later in the week! If you’re attending, please leave a comment here, so we’ll all know who to look for in Singapore 🙂

Being Less Helpful

One of the things you might have noticed so far in the program is the importance of connecting with other participants through reading and commenting. The connections you make with others, and the feedback your receive from them, is by far the most powerful aspect of this program. We hope that your experience in COETAIL will either help you start, or continue to expand your personal learning network. Your learning doesn’t start or end with this program, this is just a vehicle to help you create an environment and community that works for you.

The idea of being less helpful is from Dan Meyer, whose TEDx talk is part of the Week 5 readings. To create this kind of authentic learning, we’re providing some big ideas, some key themes to refer to, some suggestions for moving forward, and a platform for your reflection. It’s now up to you to take this information and run with it. What can you create with this foundation?

One of the things I always talk about with my students is learning how to learn. Since technology is always changing, they need to feel confident and comfortable to try things out, to explore, and to make connections to prior knowledge so that can support them in learning new things independently. In fact, just before Field Studies, my tutor group and I had a great conversation about why I encourage them to explore on their own and test things out. When I asked them why they think I do that, here are a few of the things they said (grade 6):

  • because sometimes you might be by yourself and need to do something urgently.
  • because as you get older, not everyone knows or needs to know the same things as you, so you have to figure it out.
  • because you learn best by doing it.
  • because experimenting is more fun than being told how to do something.
  • because technology always changes.
  • because we can figure things out faster by trying than by asking.

These were some pretty great answers from grade 6, and it helped get them thinking about the different ways that they have learned how to do new things in the past – and what skills they can carry forward in the future.

In thinking about being less helpful and the learning that happens in your classroom, how does this connect or relate for you?

Going Global: Getting Started With Collaborative Projects

One of the key themes for this week is collaboration. A resource that might be helpful for you is a presentation I’ve given called: Connecting Classrooms Across Continents. The presentation wiki has tons of resources (including the actual presentation, along with a few recorded versions of me giving the presentation), and if this is something you’re interested in, it may be worth exploring in more depth.

One of my blog posts on this topic, A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaboration is a featured reading for this week, and coincidentally I was recently asked to provide a video lecture on just this topic for a colleague, Bob Greenberg, at the University of Oregon. He’s teaching a course entitled Technology in Global Learning, under the guidance of Dr. Young Zhao and featuring a number of global educators through video lectures.

If you’re interested, here’s mine (it basically walks you through the Step-by-Step guide, using many of the slides from the presentation) – it was a quick one-take, so set your expectations low:

Have you started exploring with global collaborations in your classroom? What have you learned? If you haven’t started yet, what interests you? Where do you think you might be able to take this idea?

Week 4: Your Digital Footprint

Welcome to Week 4!

As we enter week 4, by now you should have:

  • read and completed all units up to Week 4 in the “My Courses” tab
  • begin thinking about your Course 1 Final Project
  • written 3 blog posts
  • recorded the URLs of each of the posts you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • recorded the URL of each of the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet
  • checked your feedback (for prior posts and comments) on your grading spreadsheet
  • completed the application process for SUNY (only if you’re taking COETAIL for SUNY credit)

An important note for this week:

I will be on our annual Field Studies trip with our 60 grade 6 students in Hakuba Monday – Friday. Although I will have intermittent access to the internet, I won’t be online as often as I normally am, so please be patient and expect a delay in response time.

Your Digital Footprint

Thank you for all of your awesome posts over the last few weeks! It’s so great to see the development in your writing styles, the use of enhancements like links and media, and the amazing connections you are making to our readings and beyond! To highlight a few themes I saw as I was reading:

As you begin to develop your online presence through your COETAIL blog, possibly a Twitter, Google+ and/or Facebook account, and other blogs or social media tools as well, it’s worth taking a moment to think about the “footprint” you’re leaving behind. While this will be a large focus for Course 2, here is a bit of a teaser for where we’re going:

And a few further readings that may interest you:

And one more video:

Of course the posts you’re writing now are just the beginning of the footprint (along with any other spaces where you share publicly online), but it’s worth taking some time to think about the following themes as you write:

Your Audience

Your blogs are public, so although the primary audience may be COETAIL members, your reflective space represents you as a learner. People will find your posts through tweets and comments and links – probably many more people than you may initially expect. As you begin to see who is leaving comments, what they’re interested in, and which posts end up with the most comments, you’ll start to learn who your active audience is. In that sense, your blog may begin to develop a theme or a tone relative to what you share and how people respond.

Also, it’s a general rule of thumb that for every single comment you get, 100 people have read your post. I don’t think this applies to COETAIL participant comments, but when you start to get comments beyond our cohort and other COETAILers, that’s a good barometer.

Perception

Writing is a powerful form of communication as we all know. The words you choose have impact. Thinking about how others may perceive what you write may help you present “your best you” to the world. Rants, a consistently negative tone, or ridiculing others probably isn’t the way you want others to perceive you.

Praise Locally, Criticize Globally

Although we all face challenges in our current schools, it’s so important to focus on the positive, and to ensure that you’re not bringing negative attention to your school (or certain individuals, even if you don’t use their name). When your colleagues find out that you’re blogging, they may read your posts, and even without using names, they may know who you’re talking about. It’s worth asking yourself: “will this offend anyone at school?” before you publish. (Actually, in general this is a good rule of thumb for all public writing, unless you’re intentionally being offensive.)

Recruitment

Many COETAILers end up using their blog as a portal for future employers. As such, you may want to think of the posts you write as a way to share your professional learning and perspectives, as well as the ways that you’re implementing these new ideas into your classroom.

Final Thoughts

This is definitely not intended to add more pressure on you as you develop your blog, but just to give you some ideas to think about as you select what to share in this public space. What kind of footprint do you want to leave behind?

As you’re thinking about “Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out” with your blog and in this new space, you might also enjoy this short clip from the New Learning Institute featuring researcher Mimi Ito:

Mimi Ito from New Learning Institute on Vimeo.

Week 3: Finding Your Voice

Welcome to Week 3!

As we enter week 3, by now you should have:

  • read and completed all the units up to Week 3 in the “my courses” tab
  • written at least 2 blog posts
  • commented on at least 2 blog posts from either our cohort or around the web
  • entered the URL for each post and each comment on your grading spreadsheet
  • checked your gradesheet for feedback from me (please be patient as I work my way through)
  • approved comments on your blog (if you have comment moderation on)

Finding Your Voice

It’s been fantastic to read your posts and comments over the last two weeks, to get to know where you’re coming from and what you hope to gain from this course.

Many of you have mentioned the hurdle to that first blog post. It feels intimidating and somehow overwhelming. I remember the feeling well!

One of the many things I love about blogging is that it gives you the space and the opportunity to find your voice. Bloggers in general tend to be a supportive group, educational bloggers especially, and your fellow COETAILers most of all. So give yourself permission to write about what interests you, and in a way that really resonates with you.

A few things to think about as you write:

Space is Essential

White space (or blank space) is very valuable in online reading. We tend to leave more space between paragraphs, and add more paragraph breaks, in online writing, to give the viewers a little rest from the visuals on the screen.

Focus on Reflection & Conversation (vs Academic Writing)

Blogging is not really academic writing. It can be, and I’m sure you can find plenty of examples, but I think you’ll find that most bloggers write for readability, meaning you can be personal, casual, and approachable in your writing. You don’t have to defend a thesis in front of your academic advisor in this space, this is about reflecting, sharing and connecting.

Enhance Your Posts with Links & Media

Links and media enhance your posts. As you become more comfortable with the blogging platform we’re using (WordPress), you will start to explore with the additional features (above and beyond just text). It’s great to see that many of you have already started using links and images to give your readers more to explore.

No Need for Perfect Posts

As you write more, this format will become more natural, and your posts will flow. One of the most important things to remember is that they don’t have to be perfect (I suffer from this myself). Write something that resonates with you, check it through for readability and grammar, and then hit publish. No need to think about it for days, you’ll be writing lots of posts, and they really don’t have to be perfect.

For more on this topic, here’s an interesting article that gives a nice overview of how we read online from Slate.

The Future Of Learning

Last week you watched the Networked Learner, here’s another video (from Good) to get you thinking about the future of learning:

How do you feel about these ideas? What does this mean for you and your classroom environment?

Creating Our Community

Welcome to Week 2!

Hopefully, by now you are feeling comfortable with our various modes of communication for this program:

  • Your blog, for reflecting on your reading and experiences each week (a total of 6 posts to be completed by the end of the course, with the final post being a reflection on your final project).
  • Comments on other people’s blogs, for creating conversations and connecting with others both in our cohort and beyond.
  • Your gradesheet, for recording the work (both blog posts and comments) that you would like to be assessed as part of the program, as well as for my feedback for you.
  • This blog, for news and updates, along with additional resources relevant to the week’s readings.

If you’re not sure about any of those, send me an e-mail or leave a comment so we can all benefit from the question and the answer.

Creating a Community

One of my favorite things about blogging is the way that you can get to know others, by making connections with like-minded thinkers; to challenge yourself by exploring ideas that are outside your worldview; and to develop a network people continually share, collaborate and learn together. Of course, as you’re doing this, you’re developing your own digital footprint as well.

This weekend, I came across a post by Steve Wheeler, Blogging as Conversation, which reminded me (once again) how important commenting is, and how much the dialogue between author and reader can promote new ways of thinking. In fact, I wrote a similar post quite a few years ago. Although I don’t always practice what I preach, I know I can see a difference in the way I think, write and share when I’m a more active member of a conversation, rather than just a writer or a reader.

At first it may seem as if your posts are the primary purpose of communicating in this way, and at first it probably will be. However, as you become more comfortable with blogging and commenting, you may find that the conversations in the comments of each other’s posts become even more important. It’s through commenting, linking, quoting and sharing that you begin to develop a community of learners, which in turn develops into your Personal Learning Network. For me, this is the most valuable aspect of having a blog. Sure, there’s reflecting, documenting, sharing, but it’s the connections that make all of that so valuable.

That’s our goal for you: to become a teacher of connectivism, to leave this program understanding the value of this kind of learning environment and to feel confident teaching this way with your students. We aim to do that first by making you a student of connectivism. That is what building your PLN is all about. Watch this video below put yourself in the shoes of this student (that is your “student role” here within COETAIL). Then watch the video again putting yourself in the “teacher role” of this student and think about what this means for your school/classroom/position.

So, as you continue with the readings and units within Course 1, let’s work together to develop our community of learners here in our cohort by commenting on, linking to, and sharing what resonates with us. Let’s become networked educators:

Week 1: Halfway Point

We’re already halfway through Week 1!

By now, you should have:

Now it’s time to get into the weekly course tasks and assignments. It’s great to see that some of you have already completed Week 1, and are moving ahead to the following tasks in the first course. If you haven’t gotten started yet, here’s what you’ll need to do:

Access Course Materials

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 8.52.26 AMOnce you have made your payment, we can give you access to the course materials on the COETAIL site (almost everyone has access by now).

On the Menu Bar of this blog you will now see “My Courses”. Once you click on that you will see a pull down for “Course 1″, when you click on that you will enter the course, organized by weeks. Once you have made your payment, you should have access to all of Course 1 readings and activities.

This is the first time I am using this new system so your feedback is welcome. You will be able to keep track on where you are at by clicking “complete” at the end of each week’s lesson. It says something about taking a quiz but there are no quizzes in these course, just reflections. I can also see how far you’ve progressed in the course so please make sure you click complete (it won’t let you move on to the next week unless you do).

Keep in mind that you can move forward at your own pace. There are other “lessons” within course 1 that are outside the Course 1 Weekly Units. Those are designed to help keep you thinking and to deal with any logistical or communication related tasks that you should be ready for at that time.

Write Posts

As you complete the weekly readings, you’ll be asked to write a blog post that highlights your learning for the week. You’ll notice that there are writing prompts, however you are not required to respond exactly to that prompt, it’s simply a prompt designed for those who need one. If you have an idea that really resonates with you based on the week’s readings and enduring understandings, then go for it! Basically, you’ll be writing at least one post a week for COETAIL. Of course, you can always write more as the mood strikes you!

Leave Comments

In addition to your weekly blog post, you’ll need to leave at least one comment a week somewhere on the web. I recommend that you start by leaving comments on other COETAILers blogs, particularly your cohort members (you can find all their blogs in the Cohort 1 Blog List or the Participants page on our blog). This helps us get to know each other and to start forming a community. As you start exploring more blogs, you’ll see connections with others and begin linking to their work, quoting and commenting regularly on the blogs that really resonate with you.

Keep Track of Your Work

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 9.48.16 AMAs you write blog posts and leave comments, make sure to note them on your Google Spreadsheet. This is how I’ll know which posts you would like to be assessed on (of course this means that we’re hoping that you start writing more posts than just the required ones!).

Creating Routines

As we continue through the weeks, you’ll start to develop a routine that works for you. Although you may all be doing something different, you’ll want to make sure you include:

  • Checking your RSS Reader (make sure this blog is in your RSS Reader because updates will not come through e-mail, they will be posted here).
  • Checking in with the My Courses tab to see if something is new.
  • Completing the weekly readings.
  • Writing a weekly blog post.
  • Writing a weekly comment.
  • Documenting your work on your Grading Spreadsheet.

Feedback from Me

I will leave you feedback in two places:

  • On your blog, as a comment: Feedback that can be public and is appropriate to share with a wider audience will be left as a comment on your blog.
  • On your grading spreadsheet, in the Feedback from Instructor column: Feedback that is private, and focused on constructive improvements will be left in each row that you leave a URL of a blog post or a comment.

Please note: I may not be as quick with the feedback as you are with writing your posts. Sometimes I’ll leave a comment on your blog first and won’t get to your spreadsheet until later or vice versa. This doesn’t mean I’m not reading, it just means I need time to gather my thoughts 🙂

If this isn’t making sense, or you have questions or concerns, please let me know. This course is very independent, so you can really move at your own pace. I’ll keep an eye on where everyone is in the course units, but it’s really your job to keep up with the weekly readings as listed.

Setting Up Your RSS Reader

Now that we’re working our way through the logistical tasks for our communication, the next step is to start reading your fellow COETAILers posts, as well as other blogs that we’ve recommended for you. The easiest way to stay up to date with your reading is to use an RSS reader. I think all of us on the COETAIL team are sad to see Google Reader go, but we’re liking the look and feel of Digg Reader. For those of you that would like to give it a try, here’s a screencast to help you get set up (or download here):

Setting Up Your RSS Reader from Kim Cofino on Vimeo.

If you give Digg Reader a try, let us know in the comments what you think! Or if you opt for one of the many other options, tell us about it in the comments too!

Getting Started

Here we go! Our online cohort starts today! Here’s my welcome video for you:

Welcome to COETAIL! from Kim Cofino on Vimeo.

And, as mentioned in the e-mail I sent out last week, the items below are the most important to get started with as soon as possible.

I should also mention that the first course has the steepest learning curve. It’s during these first few weeks that we set up all the important communication tools that we’ll be using, and for some of you, everything will be new. It might feel like you will never be able to manage it all, but I promise, you can do it! Take it one item at a time, watch the videos as many times as you need, do Google or YouTube searches for even more help, and send an e-mail my way if you’re still struggling. It feels like a lot, because it is. But, once we get this rolling, the rest of the courses will be a breeze!

Step 1: Create your blog

Watch this video (or download here) to create your blog on the COETAIL site.

Registering on the COETAIL Site from Jeff Utecht on Vimeo.

(Big thanks to Jeff for creating this (and many other) videos for us! Btw: you’ll see lots of videos from Jeff and the other instructors, including me, as we go through the course. This helps us keep our program consistent and to give you a variety of voices and perspectives as you go through the program.)

Important Note: We have been able to stop some of the major spam on the registration process, but we can’t leave registration open indefinitely, so please make sure to get your blog created in the next day or so. I plan to close the registration feature on Wed at noon GMT. If you haven’t been able to create your blog by then, please let me know.

Step 2: Add your URL

Once you have created your blog on the COETAIL site, add your details to this spreadsheet. This will allow me to add your blogs to my RSS reader and for you to easily find each other (I’ll also include the links on our COETAIL site, but that will take me a few days).

Step 3: Tour the COETAIL site

Watch this video (or download here) to get an overview of how the COETAIL site works:

COETAIL Website Overview from Jeff Utecht on Vimeo.

Step 4: Explore the Google Drive Folder

I’ve shared a Google Drive folder with you that has all of the important documents we will use (including the spreadsheet I’ve linked above). I will be adding more as the course continues.

If you’re having trouble accessing this folder, make sure you are logged in with the e-mail address you used to sign up. If it’s still a problem, please let me know.

Step 5: Create Your Gradesheet

Make a copy of this Gradesheet Template, rename it with your name, and share with me. Please fill in the info on the first sheet of the spreadsheet as well. We’ll use different tabs for each course in the program for you to record the URLs of your posts and comments, and for me to share private feedback with you. Here’s a step-by-step video to show you how (or download here):

Setting Up Your Gradesheet from Kim Cofino on Vimeo.

Step 6: Write Your First Blog Post

Phew! Once you get all of the logistics out of the way (signing up, adding your blog URL to the spreadsheet, navigating around the COETAIL site, creating your grading spreadsheet and sharing with me), it’s finally time to actually get started with the readings and learning for Week 1!

After you’ve reviewed the resources and assignment details for Week 1, you can get started with your first post. You might even want to write a pre-Week 1 post, just to get a feel for what blogging is like. You could share a bit about your reasons for taking COETAIL, your goals for the program, or just a little bit about you and your experiences as an international educator.

However you decide to get started, Jeff has made another great video for you to watch (or download here):

Getting Started Blogging from Jeff Utecht on Vimeo.

If you’re having trouble with any of this, let me know!

Welcome to COETAIL!

Phew! I don’t know about you, but this has been a busy start to the school year at YIS! We’ve only been back for a few weeks, but we’ve already accomplished so much, and we’re gearing up for lots more! And now it’s almost time for our online cohort to begin!

I’m so excited to be learning with all of you over the course of the next year and a half. This is my first time teaching COETAIL entirely online. When we started COETAIL we only had a face-to-face option (while Jeff and I were both working at ISB),  then we started a blended cohort (online and face-to-face) with our EARCOS cohort from a few years ago, and I’m continuing to teach face-to-face here at YIS. So, this will definitely be a learning experience for me, too. I’m really interested to see what works better in this format and what this environment brings to your learning experience.

So, we’re just about a week away from getting started and I thought it might be fun to start a bit of a discussion here, just to get used to the idea of commenting and sharing in this space. If you feel inclined, it would be great to hear about your experiences with technology at your school, or just a little bit about your thoughts and interests for the course in the comments of this post.

Once we hit the official start of our cohort next week, I’ll be sharing more information about how to get set up with your own blog here on the COETAIL site and the various forms of documentation on Google Drive.

I’m looking forward to getting started!