CoETaIL Program Taking Off!

The program was started here at ISB in 2009 in a partnership with Buffalo State – SUNY. The program is designed to introduce teachers to many new Web 2.0 tools, have conversations about New Literacies, and turn the tools and conversations into action in the classroom. Since our original cohort back in 2009 Kim Cofino and I have continued to be involved in starting, supporting, and teaching other cohorts around Asia. Kim will also be starting a cohort at her school in Japan next year as well. The original content of the 5 – 3 Graudate Credit courses (15 Grad Credits total) is released under a Creative Commons Licence and can be found here.  I think there are a couple reasons why this program has taken off Internationally and continues to grow.  1: People Need Credits Overseas we do not get all the opportunities one has in their home country to take course and gain credits or clock hours. Yet we all have teaching certificates that need to be keep current. In my case that means 15 credits every 5 years or 150 Washington State approved clock hours. Seeing that I can’t get the 150 clock hours because I’m not in the state the credits are the route I take…and many like me. So there is a need for a program that offers credits for international teachers to keep their certification current. 2: Technology, Future, 1:1 I made a statement in 2009 at an admin conference here in Asia that by 2012 there would be a clear line between those schools who were going 1:1 and those that would not. I still stick to that timeline and the roll out of 1:1 programs here in Asian International Schools continues to explode. This means more and more schools in Asia are looking for teachers who know how to handle every students having a laptop, how to engage and make meaningful lessons when technology and the power of the web is at everyones fingertips. Hence we’re seeing people take this class to up their own skills because they work at a 1:1 school already, or their school is moving in that direction, or they want to work at a school that’s going 1:1. 3. Apply Your Learning Now The way we have structured the program is that each course is made up of being an active community member and creating a...

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