One of my favorite aspects of COETAIL is the collaborative spirit of its participants and we finally get to put that to work with this project. For our final project, after 6 weeks of work I luckily ended up with an amazing team that basically put the whole project together on their own. The members of the team “Hi 5 ! Resources” Project are Simona, Julija, Christel, Mooney, and me (Luis Carlos).
How did you find your group for this project?
My group actually found me. Joel told me I could get in contact with Christel, but after an email I got from Simona I was absorbed into a bigger group.
How did the collaboration aspect of this project go? What challenges did you face?
Even when our communication started via email, it eventually migrated to Twitter. I accepted the group invite, but forgot to activate notifications so as to receive emails when somebody sent a message. I found out at the end when most team members were already finished with their projects (lesson learned). As the end of the academic year approaches at my school, and after almost three months of online learning, my tasks as EdTech Coordinator have widely expanded. Next year we will be implementing the use of Google Classroom as our new MS LMS replacing Canvas so this implies piloting, gathering feedback, and tons of training. I homeschool (online for now) two boys in the afternoons and most of the day on the weekends so there was little extra time for me to catch up with the group.
How did you overcome them? How was this collaborative planning experience different from or similar to other planning experiences?
My group was very supportive and I know there will be more opportunities to work together and get to better know each other. I wish I could have participated and interacted more with the rest of the team, but the circumstances didn’t help me. I appreciate that even when they needed my contribution, I never felt like they were demanding it (I haven’t read the Twitter thread yet, so maybe they did, haha). To overcome the lack of time, I spent 3 days in a row reading and writing posts almost non-stop.
This experience was similar to other professional development experiences in which I collaborated with people from all over the world and with different areas of expertise. It was also fairly unique as in this occasion I wasn’t working with them in the same room.
Why did you choose this option? These standards?
When I started course 2, I had different ideas for the project. I wanted to update our Social Media policies at my school, put together a filterable database of resources for online learning or improve a lesson plan with a colleague. My teammates were diligent and chose a project that made it easy for everybody to contribute with their expertise.
How was this learning experience different from or similar to other learning experiences you have designed?
I haven’t yet facilitated this experience but as soon as I do (this week) I will update this post to let you know how it went.
Here I share a link to the Google Slides with the training I am offering on Google Classroom: