Monthly Archives: November 2014

Saving the World w/ COETAIL

I had intended to share both my students’ collaborative projects  as well as the SIC work I have been doing with the teachers in my building. I had NO idea how short 10 minutes actually was to describe a project in-depth,  so I was forced to choose.  Although a tough decision, with the  kind guidance of COETAIL coach, Diana Beabout,  I decided to go with the student project for the video requirement of Couse V.

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Pets and Google Hangouts

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We are making SIC progress!

As part of that progress, last week, we held a Google Hangout.

Although we say it over and over again that “tech is just a tool”,  this meeting was centered almost entirely on the tool. I didn’t get to discuss much of our agenda items but… we all met @alica’s lab, @paul’s cat, @doug’s pug, @chris’ corgi and @tom’s 2-year-old. Laksa made her own two-second appearance as well.  Members learned about the drawing tools, sharing the screen, the integration of Google Drive and how to put fun effects on each other all while on a Google Hangout.  Sharing via the Hangout, which was new to all members, was more about building our relationship as a group than any other objective I had originally in mind.

My objectives should have been:

  • solve problems
  • build relationships
  • have fun
  • finish a few minutes early

We accomplished all of the above with a smile on our screen. How often are such objectives clearly stated and/or would be accepted by administration in our classrooms today?

The Hangout was not without hiccups. I had set-up a Today’s Meet room as a back-up plan if we couldn’t get connected.  We needed that space along with two cell phones, our Google Plus Community and (sadly) our archaic school Groupwise email system to get us all in the same room at the same time.  It took a techno- village.

I continue to be proud of the members of SIC. They are taking risks in their classrooms and starting to feel more confident in participating and in some cases even leading in various face-to-face and online learning environments.