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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!










And It’s Week 6!

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.

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!

You can see lots of others on the COETAIL site, and join the Course 5 Google+ community to see what other COETAILers are talking and thinking about.

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