I’m just waiting for the “Coetail Effect” Memes to start…

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! 😀



About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home chezvivian.coetail.com curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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2 Responses to I’m just waiting for the “Coetail Effect” Memes to start…

  1. WOW, great … you put it in words. Indeed it happens sudden and kind of unexpected. And yes, suddenly I have a different perspective and different goals in regards to teaching and learning.
    I’m still don’t regret that I started the course – opposite is the case. I’m looking forward to Course 2 in April … (but first 2 weeks Marocco – probably most of the time offline – how will this feel? 😉 Happy Eastern!

  2. Vivian says:

    Thanks Verena for your endless encouragement and comments on my blog. I’ve come a long way since week 1. You were the first “stranger” to “Friend-Request Me” on the internet through the Coetail 13-14 Cohort homepage. I don’t have Facebook (I’m one of the few still holding out! LOL. Have I broken an unspoken rule in the ICT Education world by not having Facebook?) so I have NO experience with things like that. I FREAKED when I saw the friend-request. I quickly did a search and realized you were a fellow Coetailer. Wheew. I was worried you were a stalker! LOL. My, I’ve come a long way since that day. Some people are nauseous about hitting the “Publish” button for the first time when they start blogging for Coetail. I felt nauseous–actually TERRIFIED– when I had to NAME my blog and put my REAL name out on the internet. Forget the publishing part; I was struggling with NAMING my blog. I’ve been conscientiously keeping myself safe by being anonymous on the internet for the past decade or so. No photos of me either. Then, for this course, I sort of had to “fling open the doors” to who I am for the world to see. It’s only to the “professional” side of me, which I realized was safe to do, only after I had done so. (No way am I flinging open the doors to my personal-life! 😉 ) After only six weeks into the course, I realize I am in a safe environment with fellow Coetailers and ex-Coetailers. I’ve also discovered that educators on the net are a friendly lot of people. They’re more likely to help me than to flame me!

    I appreciated our safe community and all the shared learning when I read this article on the net today: What can go deeply wrong on the Internet

    After I read the article, a “chill” went through me. That’s just got to be the worse—-mob frenzy “doxing” you (posting your personal information online as retaliation).

    Anyway, I’m grateful for all the benefits of the PLN (Personal Learning Network) that I’ve been connected to through Coetail, so I will keep that in mind when I get a bit freaked. The benefits outweigh the risks. After reading that article, I decided on 3 good rules to stay safe from being flamed on the Internet.
    Rule #1: Stay positive on the Internet
    Rule #2: Reflect before you post
    Rule #3: Go back to rule #1 & #2 and do it again.

    Wow, we’re learning the exact things our students need to learn.

    I’m glad you like the way I define the Coetail Effect. Thanks for letting me know.

    Please to you and to everyone– give me your comments to make it even better. It’s not “THE” definition. It’s just “mine”. If it becomes “the” definition, I warn you that exorbitant licensing fees will apply 🙂 . Jeff taught us about licensing in his PD day at my kids’ school that I was privileged to attend along with my kids’ teachers. (Caught you at your own game, Jeff, but you know I’m only joking 😉 )

    Keep on Word-Smithing away, folks!

    Thanks for your friendship, Verena.