Checking in

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Welcome to week 5! This week we are exploring how evolving research impacts teaching and learning. To be up to date:

  • Read and completed all units up to Week 5 in the My Courses tab
  • Written 4 blog posts and commented on at least 4 of your peer’s posts
  • Recorded the URL’s for each blog post and the comments you would like assessed as part of COETAIL on the gradesheet you shared with me
  • Begun thinking about your Course 1 final project


If you are behind for some reason please make an effort to catch up. There is a great community being built by our participants and if you fall behind you may not be as present in the conversations already happening on our blogs and at #COETAIL. The program policy for late work can be found here. Please, please let me know how I can support you at any time during the course of this program.


Reflecting on last week

Mike Thaler’s cheese making infographic

There were so many great action plans shared last week in your posts. I just wanted to give you all a huge digital high five on the great writing. If you haven’t had the chance to read everyone’s posts I would highly recommend doing so. You will be inspired to take up activities such as KonMari organizing, philosophy, calligraphy, sketchnoting, sewing, building augmented reality sandboxes, cheesemaking…and so much more!





Evolving our Practice with Learning Theories

This week our focus is on how we use learning theories in our everyday practice to support student learning. Many learning theories exist, however some are more applicable to the digital tools and networks we currently have at our disposal.

Blooms Taxonomy, for example, is not a new model but it’s revision into Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and then Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy by Andrew Churches, turned it into a very actionable set of elements that apply to how we conduct our teaching practices today. The video below from Common Sense Media does a great job of explaining how “educators are reframing Bloom’s Taxonomy through the lens of educational technology.”


Taking Action with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

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One of my favorite tools to use when planning a unit with teachers is this infographic created by Global Digital Citizen Foundation that outlines the “power verbs” associated with each level of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. It’s a helpful way to see how the activities in your lessons may be promoting higher-order thinking skills. You can download the full poster here. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and reflections on the topic this week!