My network of learning for EDTC has been slowly but surely coming along, with evidence of progress in various aspects. Consider this a wrap up post for the semester of what I have learned in EDTC300.
I really enjoyed the opportunities to help out my fellow classmates, like when we were all
panicking brainstorming ideas for our learning projects:
I used Twitter quite a bit to engage with my classmates, like when Lisa Coolidge decided her learning project was going to be about coding, she asked the Twitterverse for their suggestions:
Last year I took a short classroom technology course in one of the schools in Whitehorse, held by the Department of Education, so I knew a little bit about what types of resources are being used in schools to teach students introductory coding. Here’s my response to Lisa on Twitter:
I seemed to have a lot of questions in this course, and I was pretty vocal in the Zoom chats, but never brave enough to turn the camera and microphone on myself.
Another place that I liked to scan for answers and tips was the Google+ community, and I joined that community by introducing myself:
It was interesting to be able to read everyone else’s introductions as well, and nice to know that there were fellow Yukoner’s in the class as well! I was a little worried I might feel like the odd man out being a Yukon student (may as well be another planet) in a classroom of Saskatchewan students, but having Dianna there really made me feel more comfortable.
Google+ also turned into a great forum where we could post our questions and get help from each other without feeling like total “newbies” to the blogging world. Full disclosure: I totally am a newb.
It’s great that my classmates are so supportive to getting through this together, and even though at times it felt like the blind leading the blind, there are some amazing blogs that came out of this class project. Not to single anyone out or exclude anyone, but some of the ones I was really impressed with were:
Hayley Hodson (really cool learning project!)
Sarah Reimer (love the bright cheerfulness of her site!)
Hailie Logan (her quote speaks to me)
I also enjoyed that it was suggested that we turn off comment moderation to enable us to comment freely on each other’s blogs. Dianna had a really cool learning project posts, which I found really entertaining to read, because she is a really engaging writer. I connected something I had learned outside of the classroom, but still relevant to teachers, to her learning project, which was on learning Yoga:
I now have over fifty followers (slow clap) on my Twitter, so I’m just waiting for that day when I finally go viral, which should be any day now with an audience like that 😉
In all seriousness though, I think that my personal learning network has expanded, and will continue to expand as I get over my fears of privacy and identity on the internet, and in particular I REALLY enjoy the #EDchats on Twitter as a way to connect with others in the profession. There are so many things I learned in this course that I can use as an educator in the future, and I will have to keep this site open so that I can keep building and developing as I progress.
Thanks EDTC !