An Opportunity to Expand Your PLN

We’ve been doing a pretty solid Twitter shout out over the last week as we begin to ramp up our work and head into the final two COETAIL courses. We’ve invited to COETAIL community to take a look at your blogs and we invite you to do the same and take a look at the blogs from Online 9 as they get started on their Course 5 final projects! A big aspect of Course 5 is community involvement and it’s never too early or late to build and add to your professional learning network – hopefully, you will get some new visitors to your posts too.

What is Project, Problem, and Challenged Based Learning?

This week we are asked to consider the following essential question: Does project-based, problem-based and/or challenge-based learning have a place in your classroom? What hurdles do you need to overcome to make it work in your school/classroom? 

For us to successfully answer this question we need to have a firm understanding of these terms. How are they related and what are the key differences? What are the common misunderstandings with these frameworks for learning? In addition to the stack of readings provided on the course list, I’d invite you to take a look at these useful resources:

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL (Edutopia)

What’s the Difference Between Project- and Challenge-Based Learning, Anyway? (EdSurge)

Week 2 Task and Checklist

We are looking at the past to see how these types of learning frameworks were innovative for their time and how they remain crucial in our integrated classrooms. I’m excited to read about your understanding of project, problem, and/or challenge-based frameworks and how these styles of learning can be enhanced or amplified through the use of technology. Your guiding questions are:

Does project-based, problem-based and/or challenge-based learning have a place in your classroom? What hurdles do you need to overcome to make it work in your school/classroom?

You might also consider one of the following for your blog post:

  • Share an example of a technology-infused PBL or CBL experience that you have had
  • Share a project idea that you have and ask for feedback
  • What are your beliefs about these frameworks and why?
  • Comment on the influence of Seymour Papert on your own teaching and learning

By the end of Week 2 (Nov 11th)

  • 2 blog post completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • 2 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet (you are welcome to comment outside the cohort but please continue to read/comment on the Online 10 blogs as well).
  • Started to think about and generate possible ideas for your final project

GET Certification

For those of you who are seeking GET certification, you will have a little extra to do throughout this course. An additional aspect of your final project for Course 4 will be your application video but first, you will need to set aside some time to complete your Level 2 certificate! I suggest that you try to get that done in the next 2-3 weeks.  As always, your assignment for this week should be through the lens of a Google Trainer.



One More Thing! The Course 4 Final Project

Now is a really good time to read about the Course 4 final project AND take a look at the expectations for Course 5 (they are connected!). The main focus for the Course 4 project is to make some decisions (or come up with ideas) for your Course 5 project which is essentially a COETAIL capstone task that you will work on throughout next semester (Feb 2019 – May 2019).

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