Course 5 Final Project: It doesn’t end here!

It’s hard to believe that it is now the end of my COETAIL experience, I have learned so much and come so far….with much farther to go. My final project demonstrates this, it was initially my idea for my Course 1 final project, which I soon realized was not at all realistic. At least now, at the end of COETAIL I know enough that I know how much I don’t know, you know?

Here is my video, talking about my project, how I did it and how it went.


I have not included a unit plan because this project was not a unit, rather it is a constant component of my AP Environmental Science course. A unit in APES last ~8 classes as we have a lot of content to cover and now that we have some more activity on the Global Collaboration Website I am having students post (Blog, Forum or Photo) at least twice a unit. I plan to continue this throughout the entire year and hopefully it will continue to be a component of APES at NCPA for the foreseeable future.

I chose not to include the explanation of my Blogging rubric in my Final Project video, as it was already long. I worked with my department EAL teacher Celina Mathews as well as our school Tech Integrator Matt Kelsey to format this rubric which covers two of our language standards from the Common Core. Here it is if you want to check it out:


I hope my project inspires others to try to connect their students with others around the world with a specific goal, it is an amazing way to help students understand other’s perspectives and the students really enjoy it. It may seem like a challenging task, but once it is set up, it requires little teacher work. Good luck!

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3 Responses

  1. Kim Cofino says:

    I think it’s great that you brought back your Course 1 final project! I especially appreciate the reflection that it’s harder than you think, and it took time to get to the place where you could actually implement the project. I’m glad you linked to that reflection post too, so even though there is no unit plan here, we can still see where your thinking came from.

    So cool to see how many people are part of the project now! It’s great to see the push for interaction in the forum so that students can share their perspectives and make connections with each other. I haven’t used Ning in a while, but I like how you can keep the conversation really focused on APES without any other distractions – I can imagine that would be a huge advantage in such a content heavy course.

    So great to hear the students talk about the interaction with other students – so clear that the purpose of the project is just as valuable to them as it is to you! Love the common feedback from students that there are similarities between Chinese and American students, and that they appreciate learning from and with other students to expand their world view – this is such an awesome outcome of this experience!

    Really appreciate your open and honest reflection on this kind of project – it’s hard, but so worthwhile! Such a good point about collaborators and equality of energy and enthusiasm. Love that you are going to keep going!

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