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What a Difference a Few Weeks Makes

What a Difference a Few Weeks Makes

Dear COETAILers,

The last few months (and particularly the last few weeks) have been a whirlwind, and if you are anything like me, you are having a hard time focusing on anything other than planning virtual learning or consuming up to date Coronavirus news. If that’s the case you are not alone…and if you need something to cheer you up please check out this story about penguins at the Shedd Aquarium exploring the empty building due to closures. This is certainly a silver lining for the penguins.

Connecting During Hard Times

Some of us have been conducting virtual learning for weeks while others may just be getting started now. I am happy to see that many of you have been connecting with your PLN’s and sharing some best practices and amazing resources for online learning. 

Blogging Provocations

Some of you have expressed concern for how you might continue with blogging or how your Course 5 project might look. Liliana had a great idea for her posts by looking to the great resources provided by the the Eduro learning MastermindEd blogging provocations. Sometimes during times when our brains can’t seem to focus, prompts are a great way to get started on a blog. You could also look to the ISTE Standards for ideas and connections to what you are changing with respect to virtual learning. How has your classroom changed? How might this experience change it in the future?

Getting Creative with Course 5

Some of you may find that your plans for your Course 5 project are completely up in the air right now. While I know this may be a hurdle you feel like you just can’t handle right now, you might see how this can also be a great opportunity to feature some of the wonderful things that can be achieved with virtual learning. If you keep the focus on student learning you will be coming at it from the right place. As always I am here for support so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Stay well,

Tanya

Collaborative Visible Thinking

Collaborative Visible Thinking

Wow...so far during course 3 you have done some wonderful work exploring how we can use visual mediums for teaching and learning. Through blog design updates, infographics, and presentation designs, you have shown that you are being thoughtful about how we use design...

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Week 4: Becoming Communication Artists

Week 4: Becoming Communication Artists

Week 4 is all about the art of communication and how visuals can enhance our message. This is a topic I love exploring since I believe that the messages we send can be made even more impactful with great visual aids.  We have all been there, right? Creating a...

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Visual Literacy in our Classrooms

Visual Literacy in our Classrooms

Creating authentic and engaging lessons in our classrooms is something we all think about as educators. I know that I often reflect on how I can use things students are interested in to teach concepts. This is no different when it comes to visual literacy.  ...

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Welcome to Course 3!

Welcome to Course 3!

Welcome to Course 3! This is the course where we take a deep dive into all things visual. Over the next 6 weeks of this course we will aim to build understanding in the following key areas: How to use the design and layout of information to influence effective...

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Welcome to Week 6!

Welcome to Week 6!

We made it! I can’t believe we are almost done with Course 2! I don't know about you but time has been flying and I am looking forward to summer vacation around the corner. I have absolutely loved this course and the opportunities that you have all shared about what...

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Week 5: Becoming Contributors

Week 5: Becoming Contributors

   Welcome to Week 5! So far, Course two has proven to be extremely thought-provoking. I find your blog posts give me new ideas and questions to ponder every week. Here is just a sample of a few quotes I found particularly interesting! "Perhaps you are in...

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Tanya LeClair Cohort Facilitator

I am delighted to be your instructor for the next year while you embark on a journey that’s sure to nurture your growth as a connected educator. COETAIL is a wonderful learning experience and was the catalyst that took my practice to the next level.

Tanya

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