Woohoo! You’re almost there!
Welcome to Week 6!
By now you should have:
- read and completed all readings in “Week 5″ in Course 4 under “My Courses”
- written 5 blog posts and 5 comments
- recorded the URL of the post and comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on your grading spreadsheet in the Course 4 tab
- Begun your final project for Course 4 – again, different from previous courses, this one is designed to help you start thinking about your Course 5 project (coming up soon!)
Catching up and Wrapping up
Good news! Week 6 is time for you to catch up on any missed work for Course 4 and to wrap up your Course 4 final project. If you haven’t had a chance yet, now is also a great time to catch up with other participants blog posts and leave comments as well.
Course 4 Final Project
As you prepare your Course 4 project, you’ll want to think about how you’re moving towards redefinition. The ultimate goal will be for you to actually teach this project next semester, so thinking about practicalities is also important. As you develop ideas and sketch them out in your Course 4 final project blog post, try to include as many details as possible – not only so that you are thinking through each idea, but also so that you can get quality feedback from other COETAILers. The purpose of this final project is to give yourself time to think through several options and get feedback, so it’s certainly worth taking some time to really flesh out a few different ideas.
Final Project Collaboration
You are more than welcome to collaborate with another COETAILer on your final project. However, please remember that your actual blog posts (in Course 4 and Course 5) along with your Course 5 final project must be individual.
Final Project Inspiration
In the last week or so, I’ve read a few articles and watched a few videos that struck me as interesting inspiration for your Course 5 project, so I thought I’d share them here:
- 14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change the World – which reminds me of a slightly older article: 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020
- Addressing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Technology – this perspective is especially interesting, perhaps there’s a way to address the different hierarchies in your final project
- The Re-Imagining School playlist from TED – I’m sure you’ve seen quite a few of these, and they’re all worth watching.
Preparing for Blogging in Course 5
It’s worth mentioning that there will not be weekly question prompts in Course 5. You’ve had lots of great practice with blogging, and the prompts are there to help you if you’re not sure what to write. Now that you’re almost finished with COETAIL, your topics for your blog posts in Course 5 will be up to you. This will be a great opportunity to take your blogging practice and really make it personal – you can choose to focus on your Course 5 project, or you can share learning that’s happening in your classroom, or you can write about whatever interests you. Hopefully after Course 5 finishes, you’ll stick with the blogging as a way to reflect on your own learning – one of the perks of COETAIL is that you get to keep your blog as an alumni!
Course 5 Project Examples
Note: I’m reposting this here from Week 3 just in case you haven’t had a chance to look at them yet since you will probably be focused on your final project ideas this week:
If you’d like to see some examples of Course 5 projects, the YIS cohort has just finished up. You can watch their presentations – part 1 and part 2 – (which were livestreamed on Hangouts on Air), or read the (very thorough) recaps they wrote on their blogs. A few highlights were:
- Merilyn Winslade, Google+ in Grade 11 & 12 IBDP Chemistry
- Holly Thompson, University Level, blended learning
- Sangeeta Nanwani, PYP Grade 4, collaborative blogging
- Ted O’Neil, University Level, collaborative writing
- Darren Laverick, PYP Grade 3, Digital Storytelling
- Milan Claudio, MS Arts, Reflective Feedback
- Philip Arneil, Grade 5, “Flipped Classroom”
- Craig Karnitz, MS PE, blended learning
- Jeff Lewis, PYP Grade 4, Student Created Tutorials
- Aaron Reed, PYP Art, so many things!
- Jana Tanagawa, PYP Gr 2, flipped classroom
- Mariko Jungnitsch, MYP EAL, authentic writing
- Clare Denmar, PYP Grade 5, Flipped Exhibition