(by Diana Beabout)

One of the benefits of the cohort model we use for COETAIL is the variety of experiences, perspectives, and voices all of our participants bring. And although you are all addressing the same “big idea” and exploring and working through some of the same resources, you all make connections, analyze and synthesize ideas and information, and reflect on and apply your learning in unique ways. 

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Online 13 Blog Posts: Planning for Tech-Rich Learning

For the unit on Planning for Tech-Rich Learning regarding planning for authentic, purposeful learning experiences, we again gain more insight into each others’ experiences and the impact their current context plays in addressing the use of technology for teaching and learning. 

In her post Planning for Tech-Rich Learning in Early Childhood, Amy asks “How can I effectively, practically, and authentically embed technology into my program in a developmentally appropriate way with 3-5-year-olds?” Acknowledging the research on screen time for young children, she uses four guiding principles to reflect on how she is using technology authentically with her young learners (and their parents). 

Kimberly shares how she has seen herself as an Old School Augmenting Relic in her recent post and her consideration of moving her use of mentor text and picture books into the digital world. Her realization is that “With blended learning models, Zoom and the inconsistency of face to face instruction, leaning on my core beliefs is no longer an option. I have to find a way to engage learners and provide agency through integrating technology.” She explains how she is now ready to transform an inquiry and literacy unit using technology. 

Reflecting how her view of the use of technology in education has changed over the past year, Coleton shares her learning and goals for Moving Past Using Technology as a Substitution. Coleton shares how she plans to refocus and refine how her students use technology in an upcoming unit. She concludes, “by providing my students with more choice and a real audience for their work, I can make their use of technology, and their learning, in general, more authentic.”

Comments and Connections

I’ve been really impressed with the amount of interaction that has been taking place via comments on your blog posts. Within the first few weeks, you were sharing your connections, insight, experiences, advice, wonderings, etc. with each other and building those relationships that are core to the COETAIL experience. Tara and I are looking to set up some other opportunities for community building during Course 2 via Flipgrid and online meetings. Stay tuned for more information! 

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Finishing up Course 1 

A reminder of our timeline for the next few weeks. Course 1 officially ends April 4 which gives you approximately two weeks to complete your coursework (blog posts and comments) including your Course 1 Final Project and accompanying blog post. (More details in this week’s email) 

We know there’s been a lot going on with starting COETAIL and adjusting to the weekly blog posts and commenting in addition to everything else going on professionally and personally, but hope you can look at how much you’ve already accomplished these past weeks. Tara and I will be assessing your final projects and look forward to seeing how you apply your learning and expertise in transforming a unit to share.