We’ve reached week 6! Remember this is time for you to catch up on any missed work for Course 4 and to wrap up your Course 4 final project. Course 4 “officially” ends on Thursday, November 3 but you all remember about the secret extension right?
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!)
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.
Don’t forget, there are two options for the Course 4 final project. Here’s a few key things to remember for your Reflection/ Final Project blog post:
- Writing about one idea? Your blog post must include a UbD Unit Planner and include the answers to the four (4) questions listed under the Option 1 tab
- Writing about two to three ideas? You don’t have to include a UbD Unit Planner BUT your blog post must include the answers to the seven (7) questions listed under the Option 2 tab for each idea
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. Please let me know (if you haven’t already) that you are considering a collaborative project and it’s rough outline PLUS who that collaborative project is with.
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 (use your reader for inspiration and include links in your blog post). 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!
There are NO commenting requirements for Course 5.
Looking ahead to Course 5 – Project Examples
One way we love to inspire you is to showcase some of the fabulous Course 5 Final Projects that other cohorts have created. We may have shared these before, but here they are again, just in case you haven’t had time to check some of them out yet.
- Pana Asavavatana, K-2, Coding & Robotics
- Ange Molony, G12, Blended Learning
- Jay Prohaska, Working with Teachers, UOI
- Merilyn Winslade, Google+ in Grade 11 & 12 IBDP Chemistry
- 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
The Online5 Cohort is currently in the process of finishing up their Course 5 Final Projects. This post highlights some of the fantastic projects that have been shared so far.
The Online4 Cohort has finished their Course 5 final projects in April last year. Here is a list of their Course 5 Final projects.
It’s really well worth investing time watching some of these awesome final projects!
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