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Jan 16, 2018

This past week, we’ve been discovering the COETAIL community’s favorite blog posts from COETAIL courses 1, 2, and 3 during the #COETAILBlogTour! Read on for a selection of favorites shared to our social media pages.

The #COETAILBlogTour is still going on this week! Follow #COETAILBlogTour to discover COETAIL favorites from courses 4 and 5.

Course 1


Light Bulb, Camera, Action 

@MissAbbiSand shares how signing up for COETAIL made her step out of her comfort zone and opened new learning opportunities. “I finally had that moment where I was like, “YES! I GET IT!” This is why we do it. We are the students. When we work together ideas form and grow. Ideas can be small or big, but when they are shared the will grow no matter what. When we put all of the teachers together on a form like Twitter for example, we will come up with more ideas than we ever dreamed possible.”


Are New Tools Changing Teaching and Learning? 

@caryghart shares her thoughts about how learning and teaching are changing with the addition of technology tools in the classroom. “…teaching and learning is transitioning from one “style” to another. That being said it isn’t a 100% switch. Teachers will still need to do things that are considered “traditional” at times, but the traditional system of teacher as expert standing at the front of the room lecturing even to young students will be less and less frequent.”


Google Digital Citizenship and Safety Course – A Review 

In this post, @sylviadesign reviews the Google Digital Citizenship and Safety Course. “As an educator is is always good to introduce the concept of reliability and validity early on, I deliver course to grades 4 and 5 on this topic.  These is especially important at this stage to ready the grade 5 students for their exhibition project.  I have found that looking at websites that are completely fake and asking questions about them is a really fun way to explore the topic of validity –  it is clear that many of the student believe that just because an adult has picked the sources they are reliable.”


Course 2


Teaching (Digital) Citizenship

dives into the topic of teaching digital citizenship. How can you teach your students to be responsible digital citizens?  “Now kids, at a very young age, already get in touch with the internet, smartphones and social media, thus it’s imperative to show them how to deal with all of them. Teachers should teach them in a way they can feel safe and, at the same time, take advantage of all the positive things they can offer. The responsible use of all these tools is going to provide students with the necessary knowledge, so they can make better choices.”


Social Media Distortion

@troyXwhite discusses social media and your digital footprint. “Even though it’s a few years old, the PBS Frontline “What Are Teens Doing Online?” is extremely interesting in terms of statistics and data. It made me wonder how often our students think about their online presence, why some things might need to be public and why other things might not need to be. Do they weigh out the pros and cons of these potential decisions?”



@pandiononline talks about the importance of digital citizenship in the classroom and how vital it is that students learn how to become good digital citizens. “Teaching digital citizenship to students should help them participate in the important work and life of the world around them in meaningful ways. Students have new opportunities that previous generations did not have for participating in real issues.”


Course 3


What is Takes to Effectively Get Seesaw Up and Running in a G3 Class

@caryghart describes her experiences of introducing Seesaw to a 3rd grade classroom, including how she overcame technical issues to ensure a successful lesson.


Stories Are Learning

In this blog, @mrabunting argues that creating stories to teach a lesson can help students recall what was learned better than a more traditional method. “Who can remember the class you did on the rock cycle? Ok who can remember the fictional character Barry the Rock who took a trip down the Severn?”

Organized Visual Information 

@mike_leyland describes how infographics can be beneficial in teaching, as it can take a boring subject and make it interesting. “This infographic takes baseball, a sport often seen as boring by the average viewer. If looked at in closer detail, as this infographic depicts, there’s a great deal taking place in  what looks like an ordinary part of the game. It’s beautiful, really, in my opinion.”