Category Archives: Course 5


I have had the awesome privilege of working with a cohort of educators from the American International School, Riyhad – more affectionally know as  AIS-R!  It’s been an amazing learning journey with this group of people. Two years and five courses later, they should be incredibly proud of themselves for finishing the complete COETAIL program. I will certainly miss reading their posts and getting sneak peaks into their learning environments.

Course 5 Final Projects

In case you missed them (I’ve been tweeting all the AIS-R final projects for the past couple of days) here are just a few of the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious projects from this cohort!


Amy and Tara teamed up to create the Maker Kids: DIY STEAM project. Not only are both of their final reflection posts full of tips and insightful ideas, both videos are worth taking the time to watch. This project shows how easily learning can be documented and just how students can visualise their progress and reflect on their learning.

The quality of Sean’s project video is phenomenal and very inclusive. While sharing the behind the scenes work, you’ll also hear from the various people involved in the creation of #thisismyschool – you also need to check out the #thisismyschool video as well! His final project reflection post is worth taking time to read as well!

Google sites is a powerful tool especially when it is used to communicate and collaborate student learning. Lindsay and Miriam worked together to do something new, relevant and FUN with their Seniors! (Click on each of their names to read more in-depth about pulling everything together for this project)


Andrew and Mavis partnered together to have HS students organise, share and reflect on their learning through ePortfolios. The partnership of Tech Coach and HS Counsellor was extremely successful – check out Mavis’s reflections on the highs and lows of undertaking such a project!


Another fabulous Science project –  Valya’s Virtual Science Fair project highlights the blend of traditional with virtual and demonstrates how easily you can integrate authentic technology use across curriculum areas. Evidence of student learning is very clear.

If you’ve ever wondered about flipping your classroom, then this next video is a MUST watch.  Craig’s Experiment with Flipped Classroom lets you be a “fly on the wall” in his math class as he “flips the learning” for his students. His final reflection post details his thoughts on his personal learning journey.

WARNING: This video contains the super-cute factor of G1s talking about their learning!  Dema and her Grade 1 students do a fantastic job of showing the world that not only can younger students use technology in purposeful and meaningful ways, they can also articulate why using technology helps them learn!

Disha took her Grade 4’s Persuasive Essays to a whole new level with digital storytelling. In her video, she shares the stages of the project including some the challenges and what was done to overcome those challenges.


Community Engagement


Building your online PLN from scratch is no easy task – and many struggle with this, especially in the beginning when you’re not even sure what the purpose for using twitter, or G+ or even pinterest is!
Being willing to take a risk is a definite requirement for growing a PLN but the rewards can be incredibly impressive. The fantastic posts above show just what community engagement can look like in Course 5.


And that’s a wrap for the AIS-R cohort!










Peer Feedback Requirements

Can you believe it? We’re almost done!
One last task to complete ….. giving peer feedback.

Below are all of the AIS-R cohort’s Course 5 blog posts with Final Project Videos embedded.
Pull up a chair, grab a drink and settle in to watch some inspiring projects from your peers! Choose ones that interest you, ones that pique your curiosity or even ones at a vastly different level to you – you never know what ideas it might spark in you!

Feedback Process & Requirements


Between April 23 – May 5th please watch a minimum of five (5) – maximum of ten (10) videos and provide feedback for each Final Project Video on the
Peer Feedback Form (fill out for each video you watch.)

Your assessment of their work will be anonymous and they will receive the feedback on their grading spreadsheet. Likewise, you will receive the anonymous peer feedback on your grading spreadsheet.

Important Dates to Note

  • The anonymous peer feedback you receive from your peers will be pasted to your grading spreadsheet between May 5 – May 10th
  • Your Final Grade for Course 5 will be posted on your gradesheet at the same time
  • As long as all of your work has been submitted, after May 10th you will receive one last email from me with your Final COETAIL Grade for the entire course and your COETAIL Certificate of Completion


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The End is Near!

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1 Week Left!

Our Official Course End date is May 7th, 2017 BUT all of your work is due on April 23rd, 2017.
This means you have only 1 week left to publish a total of four (4) posts on your blog:

  • Introduction to your Final Project (Required topic)
  • 1 Blog post (Topic of your own choice)
  • Community Engagement Post (Required topic – must include documented evidence & reflection)
  • Final Project/Reflection Post (Required topic – must include embedded 10 minute video and your written final project reflection)

Sharing Your Final Project

After you complete your final project video, embed it in a reflective blog post and publish it, please fill out the details on the form below. This helps to automatically have your work (blog post) show up on our cohort blog (in the sidebar) when it is time for the Peer Feedback Process (which will begin after April 23).  The Peer Feedback Process (with instructions) will be shared via email and a blog post on April 22.

Not to Freak You Out but …

Hi awesome AIS-R COETAILers,

Not to freak you out but …

…the due date is looming. Everything is due on April 23. 


At this point you should have:

  • Chosen your project/topic and checked it against the rubric
  • Started to implement, collect/document student learning evidence and reflect (via blogging) your project. This may lead some tweeking of your project, which is both more than okay and expected.
  • Started to address the community engagement component of Course 5. Remember, community engagement does not have to directly relate to your project, but should be focused on developing your post-COETAIL PLN.
  • Added and linked any blogs you have written on your grade sheet.

Other suggested ideas:

  • Watch (at least) a couple of previous cohort’s Course 5 final videos. I can’t stress this enough, it will only take about half an hour (of time well spent) and it will give you an idea of the video content expectation we have for your final project video.  We’ve linked quality examples for you to watch here (under the Beyond Augmentation tab) and here (at the end of Course 4).
  • Do some backward planning. You all know creating a video takes more than just a couple of hours. How much time do you want to be dedicated to the creation phase? And know that you will also be writing your final blog post and your community engagement post at the same time. (anyone else feel empathy for their students right now?)
  • Get some feedback. Getting feedback from other people (COETAIL-friends, strangers on Twitter, people you work with, your kids!) will help you. And it will also give you something to reflect on when the time comes.
  • There is no such thing as too many artifacts. Don’t forget to be documenting like crazy. Take pictures. Take quick videos of the kids. Do a feedback survey and keep that. You want as much evidence of learning as you can find

Also, those of you that are blogging may have noticed less feedback from me. I mentioned at the beginning of this course that this would happen. But if you really want feedback right away or have a question, do reach out. I know you can do this without me, but I am here to help you any way I can.

Community Engagement Posts

The Community Engagement Post is often referred to as the hardest post of ALL COETAIL to complete. That’s generally because takes a lot longer to write than your average blog post. And it requires evidence, as well as deep thought about building, growing and contributing to a PLN.

I want to remind you that this post is about …

  • how you are building/growing a PLN that works for you (beyond COETAIL), and more importantly
  • how/what you are contributing to that PLN (beyond COETAIL)

It isn’t about …

  • how BIG your PLN is
  • to see if you’ve been engaged with “thousands” of people
  • isolated tweets, G+ posts, blog posts done because of COETAIL requirements (although it may have started out that way!)

Since there’s no commenting required for Course 5, you may have missed these posts from fellow cohort members.

These post authors share how much they are getting from their PLN but also what and how they are contributing to their PLN to help maintain and grow their community engagement beyond COETAIL.  Awesome!



Welcome to Course 5!

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You made it to the last and final course of the CoETaIL program! I’m very excited to be on this final leg of your CoETaIL journey with you!

Course 5 Overview

As mentioned a number of times, Course 5 is very different than the rest of the courses. Here’s how:

  • This course runs the entire semester, from February 5th – May 7th.
  • All assignments for this course must be published/uploaded by April 23rd, 2017.
  • You don’t have readings and commenting every week!
  • Between April 23 – May 5th, you’ll be leaving peer feedback on final projects (we’ll share more about this later on in the course)

Course 5 has three main components:

  • Blogging
  • Community Engagement
  • Final Project

Since you’re already familiar with the blogging aspect, the important thing to know is that you’ll only need to write 4 posts for this course, instead of the usual 6. If you’d like to write more, that’s great! (Check out Week 3 for more details.)

The Community Engagement element builds upon the commenting you’ve been doing in the previous four courses, and asks you to extend your reach beyond just commenting on COETAIL (and other) blogs. (Check out Week 4 for more details.)

The final project allows you to apply everything we’ve been discussing in the previous four courses in your classroom. You will take at least one of the project ideas you developed at the end of Course 4 and actually teach it, reflect on it, and get student feedback over the course of this semester. As you’re teaching, reflecting and hearing from students, you’ll be recording samples for your final project presentation (to be shared online by the end of this course). (Check out Week 2, 5 and 6 for more details.)

As you work through each of these components, please make sure to include the links on your grading spreadsheet so I can keep up with your work.
Prior to final grading, I’ll be grading/giving feedback in three rounds (just as I have done in past courses) any work completed by February 22; March 25; & April 22.
Final Grades & Peer Feedback will be released between May 7 – May 12, 2017.

All assignments for this course are due are due on April 23rd. This gives you time to complete everything before the other participants watch your finished final product video.

Some Tips

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  • Start by browsing/reading all the units. Or at least the rubrics  It says “Week 1” or “Week 6” because the machine likes it that way, but you can work through them at your own pace. And I think if you take some time, explore all the resources, the rubrics and the requirements now it may save some uneasiness about what is expected of you.
  • Perhaps think about doing some backwards planning, in terms of timing. April 23 sounds far away, but it will come quicker than you think and you don’t want to be writing four blog posts and completing a final 10 minute video all around the week ending April 23rd!
  • Networking: Lurker to Leader: The community engagement requirements asks you to build your online PLN. Think about what tribe you want to be a part of after COETAIL and get in there sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t worry if things don’t go to plan. We know theoretically that it’s okay to fail. But I find teachers in particular hate when we mess up. But if you don’t mess up, you don’t have anything to reflect on.  So celebrates mistakes and be honest in your sharing!
  • Ask for feedback and ask for help. There is the Course 5 Google+ community. The hundreds of COETAILers on Twitter who remember being in your shoes. Use your blog to ask for feedback. But don’t feel like you have to work in isolation.

Communication between me and you

As course 5 is different, the way I communicate with you may be a little different. There may be fewer posts on this page. We won’t have the same weekly conversations in your blog comments. But do let me know via the gradesheet if you have posted something new so I know to check your blog. Do check back here to see what I have posted. As always, you can send me an email too!

And finally….always feel free to reach out for help or when you need someone to geekily cheer a win with you. I’m so excited to see what you do next!