I have really enjoyed reading through everyone’s introductions over the past week and am looking forward to learning from all of you (Cohort 11) over the next year and a half! It has also been really nice seeing how welcoming and encouraging the wider #COETAIL community has been! I am so excited to be a (new) member of this community! I am hoping to complete the Google for Education Trainer as well and am hoping to learn a lot from all of you to be able to do this.

I am in the special situation of completing this certificate alongside my husband. He is currently a Tech Integration Teacher at our school. Throughout this course, I feel I will be able to benefit from his expertise, both online and off!

After reading through the ISTE Standards for Educators, I had some trouble narrowing it down to the specific standards that I would like to focus most on over the next year and a half. This is what I’ve come up with for now:

STANDARD 3 – CITIZEN

In my first blog post, I shared my reasons for why I decided to start COETAIL in the first place – one of them being that I wanted to be able to better support my students in becoming more “literate” individuals. As I mentioned, this was inspired by Will Richardson. In his talks, he often references Mozilla’s Web Literacy Framework. The ISTE Standard that I feel most aligns with this is Educator Standard 3 – Citizen. In order to be able to inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world, I need to be living this as well.

Substandard 3b is one that really resonates with me as this is an area that my grade level team is frequently discussing. How can we as educators support our students to critically evaluate the digital information they are exposed to? I would love to learn from others as to how they tackle this in their classrooms!

STANDARD 4 – COLLABORATOR – 4c

The school I am at is 1:1. Elementary students (prep – grade 5) use iPads, and Senior School students (grades 6-12) use MacBooks. The grade 5 students have access to the Google Suite and we use this frequently to collaborate within our community and share learning to the larger school community.

Substandard 4c’s focus on using collaborative tools to expose students to authentic, real-world learning experiences is what I see as the next step for my teaching team. How do you provide students with authentic, real-world problems to solve? And how do we provide students with authentic audiences to share their learning with? I really hope to gain some insight in this area over the course of the next year and a half.