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The Practice of Deep Learning

The Practice of Deep Learning

Welcome to Week 5! I can’t believe that we are already in week 5 of course 4! We have certainly reached the home stretch of what has been a busy few months. I continue to be impressed with your work and engagement with the COETAIL course 4 topics and I find I learn something new each week when reading your posts.

You have also been engaging with the #coetail community on Twitter and it’s wonderful to see how you have been sharing your learning with the wider online community.

Implementing Deep Learning

This week you will be exploring the idea that there are a variety of ways to implement deep learning. Some of you have already featured how you are putting deep learning into action by showcasing some amazing units. 

Matt featured how kindergarten students are developing relationships with mentors and experts to support their inquiries as teachers took on a role as activators and co-learners.

Matt’s classroom Seesaw reflections

Liliana gives us a glimpse into her library and how PYP students are given voice and choice through purposeful lessons developed with their agency in mind.

As you explore this week’s readings, you’ll reflect on how we might put deep learning into action and how we might assess & measure the impact of deep learning pedagogies. When you go through the readings you’ll also want to find commonalities and connections to the ISTE Standards we are focusing on for this course:

5.a. Educators use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

5.b. Educators design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Questions to Consider

How might you assess & measure the impact of deep learning pedagogies? 

Which effective new pedagogies might you implement in your practice? What might that look like in your context? 

How do you support students in becoming “independent, autonomous learners able to effectively design, pursue and achieve their own learning goals and personal aspirations as well as master curricular learning goals?”

This week you will be writing a reflective blog post about content and concepts from the week. Please see the essential questions posted in the My Courses assignment Tab for guidance on some of the themes you might want to consider.

By the end of this week you should:

  • Have 5 blog posts completed and linked in your gradesheet
  • Have 5 comments linked in your gradesheet
  • Continue working on your Course 4 final project
  • Be thinking about your Course 5 project and how you might get the process started now.

GET Participants

This is your last week of integrated Google for Education Training! What steps do you need to take in order to become a Google Education Trainer? How might we support you?

You should work through Units 6 & 7 of Google for Education’s Certified Trainer Training: Integrate Google Tools in the Classroom & Deepen your Knowledge of Google for Education. How might you integrate Google tools in your practice to support student learning?

In these units, you’ll learn:

  • Basic and advanced strategies to engage in professional growth and leadership
  • Basic and advanced ways to use Google tools to increase efficiency and save time
  • Basic and advanced methods to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
  • The requirements for setting up a G Suite domain
  • Google’s privacy and trust policies
  • Common questions about G Suite for Education
  • More in-depth product knowledge
  • How to access the help forums for more support

As you progress, connect with your cohort peers to support each other!

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