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!










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