EDTC 300 is coming to a sad end. This class has been a joy to participate in. Every week we were talking about something new. The most interesting portion of this class was listening every week to what my fellow classmates had to share, that been on zoom, slack, twitter or their personal blog. We were constantly networking together and learning from one another. This was probably one of the most important things we were taught, was how we can use technology as a resource to better ourselves and to learn from others.
Some things that we did in this course was contributing to others learning, that being through commenting on the blog posts, or sharing tweets and resources on twitter, having conversations on zoom or sharing and asking questions and giving answers on slack. We had to work together to benefit one another. I was lucky enough to have been able to learning rom others and to share with others learning in all these different ways.
The first way of networking that I want to discus is the use of our personal blogs. I was familiar with this platform before, with posting and commenting. although before this class I hated it as stated in other blog posts. I was commenting to benefit myself or others and learning together, I was only doing it because it was made a requirement in the class. Although this class showed me what blogging can hold. In a more recent post I spoke on how I have started to enjoy blogging more and how it is like resume. Blogging is also a great way to connect with others. Here I was able to share my thoughts on topics and share my learning project and people in the class and outside of the class could comment on it. They would ask me questions or give me advice or ideas on different things. It was really helpful to see who was following along and then you can play to your audience and try their ideas. You can actually learn a lot about a person from reading their blog. In this class we also had to comment on other peoples blogs, going into it I though of it the same way I did about my other classes where I had to comment on blog posts, but the more we got into the more I understood the point of it. I can read other peoples in blogs, take our class for example. I tried to read one of each person in this classes blog. Here I was able to comment on how they are doing, what their inspirations were, give them suggestions. These people did the same thing on my blog and it was really helpful. It’s a great way to help those around you with their learning and for you to receive as well. It can also be really encouraging. So many people had such kind words to say and it makes you feel good, like your doing a good job blogging and sharing! Here are some pictures of things people have commented on my posts, with resources, kind words and questions.
i had so many great conversations commenting on others personal blogs. its also a great way to meet new people. I knew somewhat, a couple people in this class, but after reading their blogs I felt like I was given an opportunity to get to know them in a different way. An example of this could be found in Kaeliy’s blog. we talked about her learning project and she chose it, or in Shelly’s blog where she shared a new resource and I listened to her experience in this class. I enjoyed getting to share my blogs with others and the pleasure of reading theirs as well.
The second way of connecting with others that contributed to learning for them and myself was the use of twitter. Again as said before in other blog posts I wasn’t a fan of twitter (like not at all). I had it before this class and just could not get into it and to the point of it, I was also only a lurker. Although this course taught me the meaning of twitter and showed me the potential it has for my learning and the learning of others. With twitter it gives the opportunities to share endless resources, make connections, and create conversations with others. In this class I was able to participate in live chats on twitter. This was something completely new to me, although, threw this I was able to connect with so many new people. Different educators all over Sask I was able to make connections with. This was such a cool experience and really was the start to opening my eyes just as to how I could use twitter. On twitter we were supposed to tweet, retweet, and comment on a variety of posts. We also used feedly, here is where I was able to find great resource that I then share on twitter. When you share resources on twitter it reaches an endless amount of people. I also was able to comment on other posts. Here other posed questions and we could respond to them. It was so interesting to see and read what other educators are curious about, often I had the same questions. We could work together and help one another out. I would share my ideas and such on various topics just as other people would share their idea on various topics when I would ask questions and such. Now at the end of this course, I do enjoy going on twitter, not just as a lurker, but as a contributor. This is to help myself become the best educator I can be learning from others and to help others and be a resource so that they to can become better educators. below are some screen shots i took of conversation and comments that I had with others where we were able to discus topics that would help us answer questions and make ourselves more knowledgable.
The last use of technology we used in EDTC 300 to contribute to others learning was slack. Now here is where the class share many things. Our professor Katia had it set up in different categories. We had categories for questions and answers, resource sharing, recordings, instruction, random things and more. Depending on what you needed or wanted to share, you could add anything to our class slack. Here we could ask questions and then use one another to help each other out. Giving advice or guidance was great! Another thing was that we could share resources, so if I found a resource that I liked I would share it there for the class to personally have. We could also have conversations with people in the class on here. It was a great was to simply network and help one another out in this course. Below are some screenshots of interactions I had, had with fellow classmates.
This class has taught me so much and has opened my eyes as to all the possibilities there are with technology and networking with others. You share resources and communicating with others and reading others resources are all great ways that teachers and educators can work together to make each other even better. I am so grateful to have learned what I did in this course and am excited to take it with me as I start my career this fall! Cheers