The focus of EDTC300 was building an online community and learning together. We learned together in a variety of ways. We used Google Community to stay connected as a class. Google Community was something I had never used before and is definitely something I will use in my future classroom. It is easy to navigate, post and the responses are quick.
We also posted two blogs weekly and were to comment on three blog posts of other classmates. I commented on three weekly. I tried to comment on three different individuals each week as I wanted to be connected to what everyone in the class was doing.
I also had conversations on my blog and on other peoples’ blog posts. Some of these conversations allowed me to share resources I had learned about, both inside and outside this class, as well as share personal knowledge on others’ Learning Project posts. For example, I offered advice to one classmate on American Sign Language as I teach Baby Sign Language classes and provided some tips and tricks to another classmate that I found helpful when I was trying to learn French in an intensive immersion course.
Twitter was another huge aspect of this course. At the beginning of the semester it felt overwhelming to post twice daily. However, as the course progressed and I was introduced to Feedly, I easily succeeding the twice daily tweets.
I had conversations with classmates
As well as with others not in the class
I also, participated in three different twitter chats. I had never even heard of twitter chats before this course. I had no idea that there was a different platform to use for twitter chats labeled TweetDeck. Twitter chats allowed me to connect with educators close to me (#saskedchat) and educators all over the world (#engagechat) both offering immense value in my personal professional growth.
All three of these aspects allowed me to grow my personal professional learning network (PLN) considerably. I have had a twitter account for a long time however, I really had no idea that it has become such a professional platform. It is a great way to connect with others from all over and build a professional tool kit and PLN. I gained so many useful resources that I have saved for future reference. Katia’s reminder in lecture that you can’t read everything was very useful as I felt that I should be trying to read everything I found and retweet/reflect on it which is just not realistic.
Another aspect of this course was building on our e-portfolio. I was able to get feedback on my already created e-portfolio as well as add to it.
Also, throughout in my Instant Pot Learning Project, I connected with many Facebook groups that are worldwide. I was able to ask questions on the Facebook pages and receive answers in literally seconds. As well, I was able to lean on my friends and family who are also Instant Pot users with questions and concerns that I encountered.
This is just a snap shot of the ways I contributed to others’ learning so I also created this google doc of screenshots of all the interactions I had throughout the course. It includes all the weekly comments on others blogs, conversations I had on my blog, various twitter conversations and screenshots from three different twitter chats I participated in.
Having an online community reinforces that in learning there is, “no I in team” and “that you are not alone.” There may be times when you encounter problems that you are unsure how to solve. I can now go to my online PLN. What seems like a major issue can be solved with a reasonable solution by just working together. This course has truly taught me to lean on others and not to try to do everything on my own.