Final Projects & Reflection

…and Au Bon Pain.

This is our last time together and I must say it is bittersweet. In the last fourteen months I have thoroughly enjoyed our group conversations, while having the unique opportunity to observe teachers developing noy just technical skills, but a confident mindset that learning can be more engaging and relevant through the design of challenging tasks. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to all five courses.

Here on the final day, our agenda will be the following:

1. Welcome &  overview.
2. Presentations

After each presentation, please complete an evaluation of the project and presentation. The Evaluation is HERE

3. Coetail Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation

Please take a moment to complete the program survey located HERE.

4. Celebration
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Course 4: Project Pitches

Happy May Coetailers. Below is the agenda for the final meetup for Course 4. Course 4 is all about the learning and the way connective technology allows for deeper understanding and personalization of content. Please use the classtime today to put forward those questions that continue to drive your professional development.

Welcome, What have you been reading? What have you been thinking about in regard to     instruction? How has your teaching changed as a result of your participation in Coetail? Do you have a story?

Activity 1: Inner Circle/Outer Circle 

Talking points:

1. Discuss the six NET standards -or-  identify the outcomes of tech integrations to systemic education. WHAT SKILLS?
2. Who should teach them? Why?

  • Where do they overlap?
  • Where are there gaps?
  • How do they apply to your classroom/school?

3. What does technology integration mean to you? What did you believe would happen knowing all students had a device/laptop?

4. Discuss the value of connected learning? What are the costs/benefits?
5. What does the SAMR model do for learning?
6. How are current technologies different from previous technologies from the ancient, classical, and modern history?
7. Can you share specific experiences involving transactive memory?

7. Complete the senstence: Teacher as_____________________.
8. What is your vision for 21st century learning? What is required?  Where does technology fit?

Additional Reading: The Digital Divide 

Activity 2: Project 5 Pitches

REFLECTION: What is the role of technology in the process of learning?  What’s in your toolbox?



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Wednesday Agenda

Agenda For Wednesday

1. Discussion on Readings

2. FINAL Word Activity  Final Word…Round Table Activity on Connectivism (After reading this post, outline or note four or five sentences that you feel are important, enduring, or have personal resonance to you.)

3. Teacher Hacks – Contribute ONE teacher hack (it maybe one you practice -or- one you look up).

Art of an Explanation: TEACHER-HACKS….Present a 45-90 second demonstration about anything you do as a teacher that is creative, saves you time or energy, or is focused upon student learning. [this idea stems from these very cool short videos]

Examples: Grading/Marking Tips; Management Tips; Organization ideas; lesson planning; 

Possible Tools: Screencasting Apps (see above), iPad appsGrockit Answers, & Powtoon ….. we will post tutorial link or file to Google plus community with #teacherhacks

“Screencasts provide a simple means to extend rich course content to distance students, students with disabilities (who might have restricted access to certain class sessions or presentations), and anyone else who might benefit from the material but cannot attend a presentation. The technology also offers a simple means of providing a fixed presentation, one that shows the same material in a consistent, repeatable form.”

We have two big ideas from this afternoons class:

1. People learn from other people sharing not only content, but also their experiences and interpretation.

2. Pedagogy and teacher roles have been transformed by connective and creative technology.

10 Ways to Adjust Planning For the Google Generation

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Monday Meetup Agenda

We will meet today and discuss instructional design in 1:1 environments. We will also address questions about the Course 5 project and what transformation might “look” like.


4:00 – 4:20      Discussion on Readings and Posts – Course 4 Flipbook

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4:20 – 4:45      21st century Instructional Design  What are the pieces to the picture of the 21st century classroom? Google-Proofing Your Instruction Infographic

4:45 – 5:30      Final Word…Round Table Activity on Connectivism (After reading this post, outline or note four or five sentences that you feel are important, enduring, or have personal resonance to you.)

pencil Metaphor

5:30 – 6:00      Course 5 projects

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Course 4: Technology as a Catalyst For Learning

Technology is only technology to those who were born before it.

4:00-4:45     Welcome; What have you been reading? Introduction to Course 4:

EQ:  What is your role in educating students at your school?
Guided Questions:

1. Identify your role as an educator through the following frames: past, present, & future.
2. What does instructional design look like in a one to one environment?
3. Why is it difficult to pin point relevant skills and knowledge for current learners in our schools?
4. Whose job is it to teach technical understanding of digital and connective technology?
5. Self-Reflection: Where am I [in my thinking] when it comes to bridging school sponsored learning with the changing world?

Dan Meyer on Teaching Math:

5:00 – 5:30     Diigo, Wiki’s, & Social Networks……Activity 

5:45 – 7:00     Create Your Own Horizon Report Activity 

7:00 – 8:00    Slapdowns, Course 4 Assignments, and Final Project


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Agenda For Saturday

Today is the final class for Course 3. If you have a video recording device, then please bring it with you.


9:00 – 10:00   Discussion of readings and a short de-brief of our tasks from last Wednesday. Students as Creators

10:15 – 11:15   Visual Research utilizing infographics

Infographic By Daniel Zeevi

11:15 – 12:30   Creating Videos utilizing screencasting software & video editing tools.

Kathy Schrock’s Screencasting Resource


1:00 – 3:00       Video Production

3:00 – 4:00       Film Festival & Reflections

  Course 3 Final Project Reminders & Individual Questions

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Wednesday Meet-Up Agenda

We have two big ideas from this afternoons class:

1. Images and graphic content activate a top down process that initiates cognition through association, semantics, and schema.

2. A powerful thinking process for student centered learning is to provide time for interpretation.

☛ Exit Ticket: One minute slap downs……. prepare to share with the cohort one tool, teaching idea, or resource that can be adopted/adapted by others in the cohort.


Good afternoon. Today we will utilize stations to explore some interesting ways visual may be used for understanding. There are five stations and each group will be at each station for 15 minutes. While at each station you must name your group and assign the following roles: Facilitator – TimeKeeper – GooglePlusGuru (share group work to Google plus) – Tech Support – Empath

STATION 1 – In your group create either one or a series of stories using only emoji. Save time to discuss why emojii are so popular now. (post stories)

STATION 2 – Go to information is beautiful; Each member must share one infographic and do the following for each infographic: 1. Identify a thesis 2. Identify two elements of design 3. Determine the audience. 4. Each person should provide one enduring understanding from each infographic. (post infographics w/ one sentence thesis)

STATION 3 – Watch this video and try to complete the TED-Ed Lesson; Attempt visulizing a simple metaphor using Google Draw.

STATION 4 – Create a 40 to 60 second Blabber  that shares one strategy -or- technique for teaching with visuals. Then share with the group your Blabber; Share on Google+

STATION 5 – Play Inanimate Alice; After ten min. in your group discuss the following: 1. What is transmedia? What are the elements of the game? What kinds of content can people be exposed to while playing this game? What student experiences in your content area can be enhanced through multi-modal learning? (Discuss)




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Wednesday Meeting Agenda For Course 3

Hello. This afternoon we will meet and explore a couple of different strategies that focus on what we want for all of our students: understanding.

AGENDA for this afternoon

4:10 – 4:30      Meet up, Discussion, & Observation

4:30 – 4:45      Visual Literacy Stategies for Learning 

4:45 – 5:45      Visual Notetaking Exercise w/ Debrief

1. Choose & watch a 5-10 minute talk , cinema/literary monologue, or lecture online. You may choose any video or podcast but you end up in the “rabbit hole” trying to find a subject or topic.

2. As you listen, record (in writing) the flow of words recognizing important ideas, themes, characters, relationships, and/or structure. Be mindful of the speaker and worry less about writing every thing down.

3. Review notes to identify thesis/message. Next identify the supporting examples, events, scenarios, that support the message/information. Is it informative? Is it procedural? Is it persuasive? Is it narrative?

4. Once you have built a semantic structure of the “talk,” go through the structure and doodle/illustrate the symbols, relationships, personalities, and other relevant information. Consider this exercise “notes meet pictionary.”  Add color, detail, or anything that you feel communicates the goal of the talk.

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Lecture videos:  Lee LeFever & The Art of an Explanation

Tools:  Traditional (I have the supplies), Google Doc, Slideshow Tool, or Prezi

5:45 – 6pm      Reminders, Q&A

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Course 3: It’s All About the Visual

      Course three is an extremely relevant opportunity for teachers to explore how visual literacy and graphics have accelerated both the creation and consumption of content. The utilization of multi-media tools in education has allowed for students to develop and show evidence of understanding. Increasingly, the design side of transformative tasks are highly valued in technologically rich environments leading to whole generations of artists.

Agenda for Saturday

9:00-9:45 am – Introduction to Visual Literacy (paper work, course overview, course grades & tasks) What have we been reading? (Sharetime)

9:45 – 11:45 am – Introduction to Presentation Zen & Photosharing tools (Includes proper attribution of images)

Tools & Resources   + LinkBunch 

  • Flickr or Picassa (important to have the functionality to share images with groups) Google+ (great features worth checking out.)
  • Slideshow tool (Keynote, Powerpoint, Google Presentation)
  • Photo-Editing Tool: PicMonkey, Pixlr, or iPhoto
  • Photosharing & Royalty Free Images available online

12:00 – 1:00pm   Working Lunch

1:00 – 2:00pm     Design Elements & Strategies


These are basic principles of visual design

2:15 – 3:15pm     Photo-Walk, Image editing, & Sharing

3:15 – 4:00pm     Pedagogy, Teacher Toolbox, & Course Assignments Debrief

Below is an exceptionally creative mind and what he has to say about the power of visuals.

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Saturday Agenda

9:00 – 10:00   Greet, Blog post Q&A Activity, Pages, Categories, and Labels

10:00 – 11:30  “Over the top” Exercises (Filming & Editing)

iMovie at a Glance

12:00 – 1:00   Working Lunch (Viewing of Video Skits)

1:05 – 1:45  What makes the web so powerful?

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Twitalyzer      Wolfram Alpha Facebook Analysis       Facebook Touch Graph

2:45 – 4pm   Project or Individual Work Time

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