After so many false starts I am so happy to finally have this project all wrapped up. I would be lying if I said I was super pleased with it, but it came together much better than I thought it would.
Course 5 was tough because I was 85% focused on my transition to my new job and 15% dedicated to my remaining class. I somehow needed to find some more percentage time to dedicate to COETAIL and I really struggled to find it. In the end I think I should have made more of an effort to link my project to my new job but time just kept getting in the way and I had already done a lot of the heavy thinking about blended learning. (I’ve been obsessed with making my Tech in a Minute videos and looking at some other COETAIL projects I now realise that I could have made something work with them… But, why am I trying to revise history?! MOLONY – it’s done!)
My presentation walks through the decision making process, some blended learning theory and then the process of putting the unit together. I wasn’t able to get as much input from my students as I would have liked – college visits, senior trips and exams just kept getting in the way – but Rina gave some insight into how the unit worked out for her.
I think I will put together another post (in the summer, in between Women’s World Cup soccer games) that will help teachers put together a blended learning unit – I was going to create this video through the lens of a teaching and learning coach but I don’t think that really happened in the end.
My list of “what NOT to do” is much longer than my list of “what to do” in terms of blended learning but I’m OK with that. As I said in my video, I am ready to go round two with this in August – look out!
I think I hit most of the reflection/guiding questions in my video except this one….
What was your greatest learning in this course?
Without a doubt it is about the power of the connections. I thought I was good at twitter before but I’ve just learnt so much about how to stay active and how to grow and maintain relationships on twitter. Casual retweets benefit only a few. Having the courage and finding the time to really participate in twitter chats has been a huge learning experience for me. There really is a massive support network in the twittersphere if you are prepared to look/wait for it.
I also have to credit COETAIL with developing my video skills. I really never gave iMovie a chance and when I did I was careless and lazy – hello iMovie themes! Design is important and I’m still no pro, but I am trying to be more aware of the final product.
Happy/sad that there is no COETAIL course 6…. Who is up for the coaching course with Kim Cofino?!?!
Here is the project!
The UBD planner
EDIT (MAY 10th 11:30am)
Mike emailed me his answers to the following questions:
1) How do you use the internet to practice/learn mathematics
2) How useful are the screencasts on the google site
3) Do you go online to find additional tutorial videos and do you share these with your classmates