Welcome to Course 2! Firstly, I’d like to take this chance to share some of the hard work you have done on your Course 1 final projects. I really enjoyed reading about all of the amazing ideas you had and seeing how you thoughtfully embedded technology into your plans. I was also pleased to see that you were reflective of your Course 1 understandings and took the time to consider the right ISTE Standards to connect to your learning goals. I was also incredibly impressed with the level of engagement the Online 11 community had in commenting and connecting with one another. It was always so exciting to see you spark discussion with each other and build both friendships and great professional connections.

Here is just a taste of some of our Course 1 final projects from the @COETAIL Twitter Feed!


Literacy in Today’s World

Image Courtesy of Unsplash

In Course 2, we will be shifting our focus from ISTE Standard 1: Learner to Standard 3: Citizen. Standard 3 is all about educators inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Throughout Course 2 we will be exploring how to make positive and socially responsible choices online, reinforce media literacy skills by critically evaluating online resources, and developing a greater understanding of how we manage our digital identities and personal data.



Week One

The main focus during week one will be about copyright usage and plagiarism in schools. Have you ever had a student make a presentation and cite Google as their image source? I have! Just because they find it in Google images doesn’t mean it’s ok to copy and use. Students definitely need guidance on how to properly source and credit their resources.

As educators, it’s our responsibility to model the ethical use of resources so students see how to properly give credit to content creators, artists, writers, etc. Your task this week is to explore how we can responsibly use online information and reflect on the ethical use of other’s content. Return to your previous blog posts and assess them for copyright and proper citations. Reflect on your use of resources and images and consider the following questions for reflection:

  • Do we as a global society need to rethink copyright laws?
  • Do you see this as an issue in your school?
  • What’s our role as educators in copyright usage in schools?
  • How can you inform your students and peers about the importance of proper citation?


Image Courtesy of Creative Commons Wikipedia

The resources provided in your course tab are extremely useful for learning more about the resources and information available to educators surrounding copyright. In particular, I am a big fan of the Copyright Flowchart created by Langwitches blog. It’s a great visual representation of the important rules to follow when using information you find online. It’s also a great set of takeaways for those who create original content of their own. We are in an age where many students grow up wanting to be online content creators, so understanding how they can protect their own digital contributions is of equal value.

In an effort to help teachers at my school teach more responsible use of online images I created this helpful poster that uses QR codes to link to Creative Commons Zero image sites. Feel free to take it and use it yourself as a way to model more responsible sourcing and citations of the images students may use to share their learning. In addition, you may find this playlist from Edutopia with a list of videos looking at copyright and remixing helpful.


  • If you have not finished all of your Course 1 assignments you will not be able to begin Course 2
  • Remember to check your blog for comments and approve them as soon as you receive them. Other participants may be using the comment as a part of their mark.
  • Ensure that your post uses hyperlinks to connect to Internet resources cited