Hello fellow COETAILers! (and the rest of the world waiting in-line to get in :D),
I’ve spent a number of weeks contemplating what the “Coetail Effect” is and Word-Smithing a definition as Jeff has challenged us to do.
I’ve made a lot of silly references in my blogs to “world going upside-down”, “alcohol -induced”, “head-spinning” Coetail Effects on my personal life. (My philosophy in life is, “If you can’t teach them, at least entertain them!”)
I’ve “sobered up” (slapped myself a few times across the face) and I’ve actually gone back to the original document to look at everybody’s input. I’ve looked at it seriously (yes, I CAN be serious and when I am—watch out!) and “et voilà” here’s my gelling of the definition:
Coetail Effect: The Coetail Effect is a sudden transformative change in our view of children and their place especially in the areas of Educational Technology and Information Literacy. We see them as empowered, having authority over their learning, and co-constructors with their teachers towards a new 21st Century Teaching & Learning Paradigm. This shift causes us to watch them differently with newfound respect and admiration, hoping to learn from them as much as educating them; thereby challenging and transforming our old teaching-practices.
As you can see, I have not included any “fun” definitions of the word. I think we should start a second Google doc to word-smith all the fun definitions. I think the spinning-out of these definitions has already started… I believe the kids refer to these as “Memes“. My silly references to the Coetail “Effect” at the start of this blog might be considered Memes. So, who wants to start the Coetail Effect memes’ sheet, now?
…the Coetail Effect is when you wake up in the middle of the night with insomnia or jet-lag and you check your Coetail RSS and before you know it, you’ve spent an hour reading! (Don’t tell me you’ve not done this!)
OK. Kidding aside, when I came up with this definition, I pre-supposed a number of things or the definition would become too long:
I am pre-supposing that the Coetail Effect is as a result of
1. …joining the Coetail Community! Ha! You can’t get the effect if you’ve not joined the course!
2. …the interconnectedness of us practitioners because Coetail and Jeff have connected us together and the fruit of these connections.
3. …our thinking being challenged by reading the websites, texts, Twitter Feeds, RSS Feeds, Blogs etc. etc. that were assigned to us as part of our coursework in Coetail.
So, I didn’t even attempt to put these latter things into the definition as the definition would have become unwieldy. These presuppositions are a part of the Coetail Effect too. We have an underlying understanding amongst ourselves that supports the definition because of our participation in the program. Because of this underlying understanding, there really is no need to include them in the definition.
You want the
drug-effect, come join us in Coetail! 😀