It’s been a long journey and really hard to believe that today, I am writing on my course 5, final project. What an immense learning experience, I had over past 15 months. This course has slowly but surely changed the concept of the classroom forever. I knew about the benefits of using technology even before starting COETAIL and would always look for new ways, but the way COETAIL has enabled me to do is incomparable.
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Goals for Final Project :
For my course 5, final project, I tried to make the best use of the learning that I had over the course of COETAIL.
My Goals for this project were :
- to have a unit on Digital Citizenship;
- use of seesaw to develop a digital portfolio;
- to create a Flipped classroom culture using Edpuzzle so the classroom time can be used to facilitate learning;
- to have a Project-based learning;
- to do a Global collaborative project ;
- to create students Blogging culture;
- to have a Skype or google session with an expert; and
- enable students to redefine task according to SAMR
When I planned my project in the month of May, I was teaching Biology and therefore I planned a Project-based learning on Ecosystems and biodiversity of different areas and effects of human activities on them. Later on, with the change of residence and school, I had to re-plan my final project. Now since I am teaching Individuals and Societies to MYP. I planned PBL unit on Weather and Climate, where students studied different climate zones. Students were in the role of professional Meteorologists. In the end, they made videos, using the Green screen, and presented weather like professional weather person.
Over a period of 6 weeks, my students had an immense learning experience and they not only enjoyed the unit but they learned and practiced 21st-century skills like creativity, collaboration communication, critical thinking etc.
Here is my unit plan:
Here is the weather forecast video made by Year 6 students, using green screen:
Here is my course 5 final project video:
Special Thanks to:
The journey was quite challenging but I am thankful to my family for the support. I am also extremely grateful to my coordinator Isha Sheikh for providing me support, bringing changes to the schedule to give me extra classes, and emailing parents about the use of devices in the classroom. I am also thankful to computer science teacher, Laraib, who helped me with the Digital Citizenship Unit.
Although this is my final project, it’s not the end but the beginning of a new journey. As always, I will continue to be a lifelong learner. As someone said, ” Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning.”
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