COETAIL Course 5: Final Project

Our course 5 final project was really the culmination of what we’d been working on all year long. It started out as a ‘retooling of a lesson’ to integrate technology in a meaningful way (redefinition – in the SAMR model). In the process of developing a series of lessons (see the UbD planner below), we discovered something much bigger than we planned on. My @grade1class started the journey back in October by hooking up with @grade1osc from Overseas School Colombo in Sri Lanka for some tweet sessions, the odd Skype and maybe a project. We started out with a simple Storybird. Collaboration? Yes. Creativity? Yes. Connections..of course. What we  didn’t anticipate was that the kids wanted to show others their work that we made together. They essentially demanded an authentic audience. Thus the @grade1class and @grade1OSC- Collaborative Blog – Grade 1 Rockstars was created. This blog was the beginning of a whole new project that has been going over the year. We’ve been keeping track of our digital footprints and our online collaborative activities. The kids own it, even if we have ‘control’ over it and they understand that. Our Social Media Essential Agreement played a big part in being safe online (and a very useful tool in modelling good digital behaviour and responsibility) and making good online decisions.   We are explicit when using it and refer to it when engage in online activities. Again the kids made this, they own it. We did a lot with Common Sense Media, so check that out for some great ideas, lesson plans etc. In addition, @prashanigamage (the teacher of @grade1OSC) and myself often referred to the ISTE Standards for Teachers when planning our engagements and collaborations.

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So the UbD plan looks like this:

Here is the final video. I used my Grade 1 kids to help me make the video, I figured why not it’s as much as their journey as it is mine. It’s by far from ‘perfect’ but after a few tries they decided to go with it. I loved their efforts. They wanted to use PuppetPals to express their reflections which we used as an assessment piece. They essentially just had to answer the question ‘What did you learn from our online collaboration’? The also had to justify their opinions. Kids also wrote their own private reflections in the Kidblog journals.

I chose Sparkol Videoscribe to tell my story. I must say the App is super ‘buggy’ and I lost my original work. Twice!  (Yes it was ‘saved’… Twice.) So I guess you could say 3rd time lucky. We took our 2 pieces of work and whacked them into iMovie and came up with this:


 

23 thoughts on “COETAIL Course 5: Final Project

  1. Scott Cameron

    Love how you were able to collaborate with other classes around the world. Especially with Grade 1s using social media such as twitter and skype! That is great. The connections you have made are very authentic. I am going to try and implement some of your great ideas into my middle school classes.

    Would have really enjoyed to see your first two versions. Hope they fix the bugs.

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Scott
      Yep it was great to see my kids work so hard and have fun

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  2. Tim Gascoigne

    Very cool Jason. I love how your video really tells the story of what happened and it is totally driven by the kids. Well done.

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Tim, it was great to see what the kids could do, their creativity.

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  3. Mary Carley

    Great project and presentation. Puppet pals is just perfect for 1st graders and it is amazing to see that they understand as such a young age that they can learn with and from people all around the world.

    By the way, I was at the castle in your puppet pal scene just last week!

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Cheers Mary
      Really!! Ill tell my kids you were at that castle theyll get a kick out of that!

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  4. Marius Visser

    Hi Jason,

    I truly admire the level of collaboration and technology-use you’ve achieved with your 1st grade students! Having them tweet, collaborate online and share their work globally via a joint blog is truly amazing.

    You will see in my final project that we tried to embark on a similar mission (hooking-up with a school from abroad on a joint project), but our plan was sadly (and respectfully) declined upon requesting approval. I truly envy you guys. However, we shall continue trying and yes, it was this social media aspect that raised the initial concern, so our next step is revamping our AUP into an iron-clad agreement.

    Also loved the fact that your students were a huge driving force behind this project. Ownership and a sense of accomplishment means the world to them, not to mention the learning and understanding that goes along with this creativity.

    Ditto on the VideoScribe. Used the same for my project.

    Many thanks for all the useful links along the way. Will definitely give them a closer look in the New Year.

    Marius

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  5. Jason Graham Post author

    Hi Marius

    Thanks, it took alot of planning and thankfully weve got a supportive admin and community. Dont give up.. when the kids take control of it its a pretty awesome experience. Ill have to check out what youve done.

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  6. Katy Jean Vance

    Hi Jason,

    Really nicely done! Great video, great project. I am impressed. I am interested to know more about how you tweeted as a class. Was there a Tweet time everyday? Did you check it in the mornings? Did you just have Twitter up all the time and tweet out questions and comments when it seemed reasonable? Did the students do the Tweeting? Did you do the tweeting?

    Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on a job well done.

    Thanks,
    Katy

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  7. Beth Dressler

    Hi Jason,

    Congratulations to you and your students on an awesome project and video! I really enjoyed watching and being taken along on your learning journey. I love the collaboration and authentic connections you made. You opened up the world for your learners (and those in Sri Lanka too!). To you and your students-thank you for sharing and for letting us be a part of your learning community.

    Beth

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Beth
      Im trying to find a way to keep the collaboration going next year..still working on ideas.

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  8. Vivian

    Fab Jason!

    I loved the video and how the students helped you make your Final Project Video. There’s a ton of engaging and powerful tech, here. What an inspiration for teachers interested in doing global collaborative projects but who might be a bit nervous about it! You’ve done it with K and grade 1 students and that’s pretty amazing.

    Thanks for the link to Videoscribe. That’s new to me and I think I have to learn it…

    Tell the kids they get an A+ from me for the term 😉

    Vivian

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Vivian
      It was such a great experience to work with these great group of kids.

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      1. Liz Cho

        I agree with Vivian – I so admire educators who can make this stuff happen with little ones. Amazing. Videoscribe is also a great tool; it’s funny how I fought it’d be easy, but when I used it, I didn’t feel it was as easy as my kids (or my eCoach) made it seem! I still have lots to learn. 🙂

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  9. Claudelle Lewis

    Jason the video was great! I really loved the student intro and how you mixed their reflections in between. Great coverage of the PYP skills as well.

    The layout and design of your video is also creatively presented. Seeing your final project inspires me! Well done!

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Claudelle

      It was very fun to make – but videoscribe a bit buggy..

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  10. Jayne Mizuguchi-Soh

    Loved the video and the idea of using the kids to introduce it all. Great that the project is not just about designing something that is for “Coetail course 5” but that many of the skills and collaboration tools have been developed in class over a longer period. Now I am off to check out Videoscribe too. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Cheers Jayne
      Its given me a sound platform to build on for next year..in grade 3.

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  11. Lindy Buckley

    Hi Jay,

    What a great semester you and your kids have had learning so much together. Very impressive. How great to be able to collaborate with Prashani’s grade 1 class at OSC. (You and your family should go visit – it’s a great place!)

    I really liked how the students had a major part of your video and that although this was for your course 5 project – clearly student learning and reflection was key!

    Well done!

    Lindy

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    1. Jason Graham Post author

      Thanks Lindy! I loved working with Prashanis kids. I think a visit is in order for sure 🙂

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