ISTE Standards

The ISTE standards I have chosen to focus on during COETAIL include:

Students: #1- Empowered Learner: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

And Students: #6- Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

For Teachers: #4- Collaborator: Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. 

And Teachers: #2- Leader:
Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.

Based on these ISTE Standards, my learning goals for COETAIL are simply to grow in my areas of tech and how to make more opportunities for growth in the classroom, individualized for each learner. I think the standards I chose are directly related to my goal- in the sense that empowering students towards reaching their Individualized Learning Plan goals is always a priority and teaching students to advocate and use their accommodations is essential, and seen through the creative communicator standard. Through my own collaboration and leadership goals, I feel all is possible.

I have chosen the “Google for Education Trainer” as I think it is the path that best suits what I am hoping to achieve.

Day-to-day, I am able to practice what I learn through my Learning Resource Classes as well as practice new tools within a co-taught setting where my co-teacher is already a certified google trainer, so I know I am in good hands to try new things, and not be afraid to fail, but learn from all my mistakes.

Upon the many challenges I know I have ahead, I have a great support team outside of my cohort 12 and instructor, but my close friends and IT people at school, as well as my co-teacher, will be great allies to support me in this COETAIL journey.

Such as my first question being…. setting up twitter and officially sharing something with #Coetail.

Initial Thoughts…

Well, being that I am not an experienced blogger, and have never tweeted in my life… I generally feel my organization skills were exemplary, but now adding “Feedly” I feel like keeping strong organizational skills is a whole new world. Following the best up to date teaching strategies is more than important and I can tell this is going to be a great way to stay informed with the current research and proven practices. Starting with learning what RSS readers are and jumping in head first… here we go!! #Cohort12 😉 steep learning curve on starting my journey “tagging” things. Looking forward to attempting to stay on top of it all, and meet those deadlines!

My Learning Communities

Below you will see my mindmap of the learning communities I am a part of. I tried to focus just on the teaching side of “community” and realized that many of the communities I participate in aren’t necessarily tied into education, yet could easily be considered a “learning community”.

Other learning communities that I am a part, that didn’t get the privilege of making my mind map include:

-Triathlon Club

-Swimming Masters

-Arabian Gulf Rugby Alum.

-Crafters Club

-I Love my Sphynx (and one too many Cat Networks)

Since it’s all about the work/life balance, right? And being able to tie your passions into your teaching to build rapport and making learning fun.


Hi Everyone, I’m Shalene, originally from Anchorage, Alaska. After finishing school and teaching in the Midwest- Wisconsin, USA, I am now living in Moscow, Russia. I work at the Anglo-American School of Moscow as a Middle School Special Educator. I am part of COETAIL Cohort 12 and am greatly looking forward to sharing this experience with all of you.

I was recommended this class by my co-teacher and have others who have highly recommended this program. I am most looking forward to growing in my technology use in the field of SEN and sharing it with the general education classroom teachers I work with.