Since I have started COETAIL last Fall, I have grown increasingly more comfortable with using technology in order to connect with other professional educators. To take risks and challenges that may sometimes lead to failure, but that’s just all part of the learning process and a step to better learning. My COETAIL journey has been a steep learning curve, but the experience was so valuable and rewarding to me. Last year was the beginning of my journey, full of so many first happenings: COETAIL, First Grade Blogging and transitioning from a public school setting to an international school setting.
The final project was a challenge for me, but I was willing to take risks and push myself to grow my teaching and learning skill. Due to the range of age group from 5-7 year olds, non-English speakers and limited English proficiency in our first grade classroom this school year, supporting my students with limited English knowledge was my biggest challenge. I had to revisit and support them individually to make sure they had understood the lesson.
Yet I had another technology challenge I had to overcome in putting my final project video together. In order to make my video, I had to figure out how to use iMovie, screencast on Quicktime and use the channel on Youtube to upload my Quicktime video. This was a whole new level of learning for me. With the help of Youtube tutorials and investing time to explore the softwares, I was able to figure out how to use it. Along with planning a storyboard for my video applying the zen design principles , finding photos on flickr that represented the visual literacy design principles, redefining the SAMR model in my classroom and incorporating all the concepts learned through this COETAIL course in this final project video was definitely challenging. Once again, I was amazed by how much I learned through creating this final project video.
I can’t believe my COETAIL journey has come to an end! Or is it just a beginning? A beginning of my journey as a lifelong learner, striving to redefine my teaching by collaborating, sharing, thinking, reflecting, learning and growing professionally as an educator. As I continue on my journey, the knowledge I have acquired from COETAIL will help me think with a new lens. I will continue to connect with other professional educators through developing my PLN and share ideas about my new learning with my colleagues to grow professionally in an increasingly digital world.
Please check out our classroom blog for more evidence of student learning. Due to the time constraint, I was only able to add a few in the final project video.
Thank you for watching my video!