Coetail Graduation Final Project—-Journey of an Infinitely Loopy Coding Teacher

For further information on what is discussed on my video, please scroll to the bottom for website links.

 Journey of an infinitely loopy coding teacher

For my Coetail Graduation Final Project, I chose to run a Primary School Coding Club. I called the club, the “Infinite Loop Coding Club”, inspired by Mick Resnick’s Learning Spiral.  The Learning Spiral goes like this:  First we “Imagine”, then we “Create”, then “Play”…”Share”… “Reflect”… and then back to “Imagine” for a never-ending spiral.  I look at it as an infinite loop of learning, thus I came up with this club’s name.  Recently, I found out Apple headquarters is on a street in Cupertino called Infinite Loop. Hey! Steve Jobs thinks like me! 😉

My Coetail final project has to be a video documenting application of our learning and studies from the past 18 months of Coetail.  Final Projects are peer-evaluated.  You might be interested in my self-evaluation of my Final Project.

Graduates receive a Coetail Certificate. Coetail stands for “Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy”.  My Coetail certificate comprises half of my M.S. studies with my chosen focus of Technology Integration in Education.

W00t!

It’s hard to believe that I’m finishing up my Coetail Course, now.  I’ve heard the word “transformative” so many times during the course from other people referring to Coetail. I always nod my head in assent when I hear it too, but have not much to add, as I can’t quite find any better word to describe the experience (and for me to be rendered speechless is no small thing!)

et voìla!  You may view my video above!

I used the SAMR model of Technology Integration as an organizing point for my final project video.  The “R” in SAMR stands for “Redefinition”.  I neglected to say in my video that Redefinition is also what happens to Coetail graduates through their 18 month long journey. 🙂

In normal fashion for me, I couldn’t keep my video under the 10 minute length guideline 😀  I made my four children (ages 10, 13, 15, and 17) watch it.  To my delight, they all agreed that it was a good video and there was nothing that I should’ve cut out.  When my 15 year old boy gave me his stamp of approval, I knew I had hit gold!  So, hopefully the 17 minutes will go by quickly for you! 😉

If you read my self-evaluation and have any comments to add or points to disagree with me, then please feel free to add them in the comments box below, or on the actual self-evaluation page.

Useful website links that compliment information in my video, in order of appearance:

The Future is now…

My son (nine years old at the time) asked for a Rodes microphone and Camtasia Screencasting Software and started recording tutorials on how to make virtual worlds in Minecraft.  He uploads them to Youtube. Yesterday at the ripe old age of 10,  he asked for (and got) Turtle Beach headphones.  The headphones will allow himself to hear better and to record his own voice, while the Rodes microphone records the sounds from the computer.  (What I just wrote is only semi-intelligible to me, so don’t feel bad if you don’t understand what he means either!)  These are the kids sitting in our classrooms.  Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to 30 year old computer geeks in kids’ bodies.  If you have any doubt, know that the future is indeed NOW…

It begs the question, “Where are we, as educators, on their learning curve?”  Hopefully my video and the videos of other Coetail Graduates can give you a glimpse of where we can be. (Coetailers would say “should be!” )  My favourite Coetail graduation video was done by Carlene Hamley @learnit2.  Look at what she did with Kindergarteners! Kindergarten:  More than Just Cute!  If Kindergarten is here, where should the rest of us be?

I would like to send a huge thank you to Jeff Utecht @jutecht who was my primary instructor throughout Coetail, the other Coetail instructors, the 13-14 Coetail Cohort that I am apart of, and the wider Coetail Community for teaching me, stretching me, and transforming me.  You set the learning curve so incredibly high and asked us to reach for the moonshots.  I’m so proud to be a part of this community—edging out the boundaries and pushing the comfort zones of what authentic teaching & learning is about.  Like Jeff says, “It’s not about the Technology; it’s about the Learning.”

Though I’m now done my final project, I’m glad that it’s not a goodbye.  I’ll still be here blogging until Jeff kicks me off. ;p~~~  The next step of my journey is mentoring new Coetailers, as a Coetail Coach. As we discussed during our Coetail studies, when we are networked educators,  the learning and mentoring never stops.  With my Coetail Certificate in hand and my M.S. around the corner, it’s really only the beginning… 😉

Onwards and upwards! See you all at the curve by the moon!

~Vivian

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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 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 www.coetail.com/chezvivian 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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10 Responses to Coetail Graduation Final Project—-Journey of an Infinitely Loopy Coding Teacher

  1. Hi Vivian,

    Congratulations on finishing! This is such an excellent example of a true COETAIl course 5 project. Your work integrated itself into so many different areas of technology redefining learning, both for teachers and for students. Thank you for all of your work throughout COETAIL. You went above and beyond in terms of supporting your COETAIL colleagues and growing our network.

    I am looking forward to reading about what you do next!

    Cheers,
    Katy

    • Vivian says:

      Hi Katy @katyvance

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I wasn’t sure anyone would be around during the summer to view my video, let-alone comment on it! So, I really appreciate it! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      My video is late as I was late starting my coding club, but it’s done now! w00t! It’s great to be finished, but it feels a bit sad too as it was so much fun during the 5 courses. The connections and friendships we’ve made won’t die though and I look forward to keeping up with you via Twitter and reading your blog.

      Have a great summer!

      Vivian

  2. Vivian,

    Congrats to that fantastic moonshot! I’m so impressed by everything you did, tried, learned – wow! Yes, our journey definitely is going on and I’m going to continue to read your blog as often as possible. It was always inspiring and it’s for sure that you will inspire teachers, educators, and parents to let their kids code in order to show their learning. Thanks again and enjoy your summer! Verena

    • Vivian says:

      Hi Verena @vzimmer

      Thanks for being my first “friend” on Coetail. We’ve come a long way since those early days. I remembering freaking out at trying to set up the first google hangout over a year ago. I can’t believe I can video myself speaking (on my final project video) without throwing up, now! 😉

      Yes, we’ll keep the connections going and I hope to follow your blog too!

      Have a great summer, too!

      Vivian

  3. Jason Graham says:

    Great learning journey that you went on yourself about learning how to code. I think as teachers every time we learn new things we connect with our own learners and feel the possible insecurity, and excitedness of learning new things, failing, trying again.

  4. Vivian says:

    Hi Jason

    I think it’s important for teachers to be child-like if they are going to thrive in a tech-integrated environment: curious, optimistic, not easily discouraged, eager to embrace challenges, wanting to learn despite obstacles, bold, and believing in possibilities…

    Learning new things is that touchstone that keeps us connected to who we were as children.

    V

  5. Vivian, I loved your reference to Resnik’s shift from “students learning to code”, to “coding to learn.” What an inspirational project with the formation of your coding club!

    • Vivian says:

      Thanks Andrea @andreakhambalia

      It will be interesting to see how this looks like. More students are coming to school with some coding skills. We just have to give them a chance to use it.

      Teachers don’t need to assess the coding part, so that takes the pressure off of teachers who don’t know anything about coding. They just need to look at the final product, really.

  6. Nice work Vivian. I am getting ready to complete my video, so looking at yours was helpful. I ran a Scratch and Mindstorm robots club with colleagues last year, so I am with you about Scratch. But I was glad to hear about the certificate at Code.org. We celebrated coding day last year, and some teachers used Code.org – where that celebration originates. Congratulations for getting tweeted by Mitch Resnick, a superstar teacher!

    • Vivian says:

      Hi Kevin @kevin

      I’m glad my video was able to help you in your project. Code.org does have a teacher’s dashboard, so it’s easier to see and follow what children are learning. That’s important to make an argument to include it in the school curriculum.

      As for the certificate, it allows some children who might not be used to getting recognition suddenly have a chance to “shine”. And you can really see the shine in their eyes!