The Push I Needed
Here is my Sway Presentation of my Summary of Learning.
EC&I 831 gave me the push I needed to:
- Come back to twitter, and use it valuably
- Reflect, and connect through blogging
- Be a valuable contributing member to professional groups
- Grow my PLN
- Analyze and discuss relevant and interesting topics
- And finally, create the online space for my classes I have been craving
For me, twitter serves as a platform to connect with both students and colleagues on a professional level. I can promote the business program at school by highlighting some of the students work. Additionally, I would follow their business projects on twitter whereas I probably would not connect with students on Facebook or any other social media.
I learned that purpose and relevance of a hashtag, and that it is not just to sound cool but a way to search for, filter and file information. I also had the opportunity to participate in the class twitter chat and followed a few more on my own.
Once I started, I found that I really enjoyed it. It allowed me to honestly put myself out there. As someone who would not normally participate a ton in a classroom setting I found blogging a valuable outlet to share my thoughts, and comment on others. I found the connection of reading and commenting on each other’s blogs meaningful.
It also gave us the opportunity to see what others in the course were doing or learning. Even in a classroom setting where you are gathering weekly, it is easy to forget a colleague’s background. This was not a concern with the blogs as you could always relearn about who they are by reading the blog and their weekly postings.
Although this is my official summary of learning, my blog will serve as my reference piece for this course. If I ever need to reference or refresh myself on any topics we covered this semester I will always have my blog to come back to.
Personal Learning Network PLN
EC&I 831 encouraged me to grow my personal learning network. For me this meant to extend it outside of people I already know, or those within our city.
Although, I was already a member of some online professional groups. In the past, I would have been a silent observer. This class encouraged me to be a participant by connecting with others and contributing to the communities. It also inspired me reach out for help, or input when I had a question. Additionally, I began to contribute to the group by responding when a teacher posted about a concern they had. Although, not everyone in this course is a classroom teacher I will retain my colleagues that I met here as contacts for my PLN.
While we discussed many interesting and valuable topics throughout the course here is a brief overview of a few of my favourites.
As a high school teacher digital identity and digital citizenship, is an extremely important topic that I need to be current on and not afraid to address with my students. Students need to understand that what they do impacts their present and future selves. Additionally, that anything they post is permanent and that their generation is greatly influenced by what they see online, both positively and negatively.
While I had heard about Open Educational Resources before they were hard for me to fully comprehend. It just seemed unrealistic that there are full, valuable courses online that are FREE. Through our course discussion and blog that week it occurred to me that, I had already incorporated an OER into my Accounting class. I have used the GCF Learn Free Excel tutorial.
Prior to our analysis of OERs this semester I believe, I was thinking too large scale, I now know that there are a variety of OERs for many different subjects and levels of education. Many of my colleagues in this course are strong demonstrators that you can learn almost anything online these days.
Digital Learning Project
For my digital learning project, I wanted to create an online space for my students to access documents, communicate with each other and myself easily, and contribute to their learning. Our school system encourages us to post every assignment and task on the online grading system, but students sometimes find it hard to access documents from it. Plus, anything posted needs to be attached to a marked assignment. In the past, I had used a class blog, but I found that students were not accessing it as it just seemed like one more thing for them to do.
Initially, I wanted to create a google classroom but after reaching out to my PLN and doing some research, it appeared that that was not the best option for this. I decided to create a Group on Office 365. Since our school system already provides a student email and account for this, students already had access and I could easily add them to the Group.
If you are reading this, and debating taking this course I highly suggest that you do so! There was not one thing we did that did NOT, connect to my daily work in the classroom. So thank-you to everyone in this class and of course to Alec. I will see you next semester in 832.