Stronger Together

EDTC 300, Uncategorized

 

Hi friends!

This is my personal learning network post where I will map out and demonstrate the means in which I connected to other educators through different technology platforms. Using Google Community, Twitter, and WordPress blogs, I was able tointeract with my peers and other educators throughout the world to create a community of growth through technology.

Google Community:

Through this platform I was able to have all of my peers within my edtc300 class right at my finger tips. We all utilized this tool to ask any questions dealing with assignments and technology we may have needed assistance with. Take a look at an example of a problem I presented to the community and a few responses I received very quickly:

Having this tool was extremely useful and quite a stress relief. This could be really useful within a classroom when it comes to any assignments for students. No matter the subject or topic, students would be able to turn to their peers for resources and help. As teachers, we have too many different things to worry about, and if the students can figure out a solution before coming to me, it is not only productive but helpful. It also gives the chance for student who might have the same question to not even have to ask it!

Twitter:

Oh Twitter! How I have grown to both love and not enjoy you! Twitter was my biggest challenge this semester in creating a developing my personal learning network. I have never been the biggest fan of this platform as I talk too much and the characters it allows me is simply not enough to get my point across. However, it has been a wild ride and has allowed me to understand the importance in not only being clear and concise when making a point, but has allowed me to connect with educators locally and around the world.

My following and followers elevated in numbers with those whom I have class with, those whom I am motivated and inspired by, and those that care about the same goals in education that I do:

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I made sure to tweet out every blog post I made. This connection between my blog and twitter definitely increased my reader count and produced a lot more replies left on my posts:

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I retweeted and replied to my classmates posts throughout the week, hopefully letting them know that I not only agreed with what they were saying, but I supported their intent behind the tweet:

I even got to be a fan girl when I followed Mr. Alfie Kohn! I retweeted his tweets one to many times as I couldn’t help showing my devoted support of his theories and strategies:

Although he never replied, I will continue to keep retweeting and replying to him, haha!

I also used twitter as a means to showcase some articles about personal matters, but matters that my colleagues and even students could relate to. Things such as anxiety, what I was learning in other classes, as well as procrastination were some of the different topics I shared:

Finally, I was able to contribute to an #edchat earlier on in the semester. This was a phenomenal experience. Although hard to follow because it goes so darn quickly, I found I got the hang of it about half way through and began having conversations with educators from around the world. The conversations I was having were both meaningful and motivating as I realized so many educators hold the same beliefs I do. I wrote a blog post about this, but Ill post some photos down below as well! I interacted with many educators, but my most memorable was with Tamara Excell, whom is an educator located in Seattle! Isn’t that amazing! Mark E. Weston, who was facilitating the #edchat also joined our conversation. His twitter is the infamous Shift Paradigm. I felt oh so special! Our conversation was based around grades being detrimental to students learning (inspired to Alfie Kohn). Take a peak:

Although I have had the challenge of keeping up with posting on twitter, this was still a great experience overall. I was able to connect with people that confirmed why I wanted to become a teacher. I also just felt really cool when people retweeted or replied to me lol!

My Blog:

As part of themy edtc300 course we were to create two blog posts a week, as well as comment on three of our classmates posts each week. I actually really enjoyed this task each week as it allowed me to stay connected with my classmates, learn more about each, and it gave me some ideas on how to organize my blog and posts.

I kept a comments log throughout the semester on a simple word document in order to make sure I was on track each week. I contributed to a variety of my classmates blogs and posted comments of both support and some that had some extra resources within.

Daniel’s blog is one I followed consistently. I really enjoyed his learning project and class posts. His “Privilege” and “Burnt Out” posts really motivated me to share some resources:

 

Loved following some of my peers on their learning projects as well. I commented on many of my peers blogs, some more in depth, and many supportive comments in general. Olivia Jensen presented some great blog posts on her fetching skills with her Frisbee and her dog that were hilarious to read so I made a few comments on her posts:

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Carol Todd’s visit was extremely powerful and many of my peers blog posts for that week were empowering to read. Laura Bieber had one post that really stuck out to me regarding Carol’s visit:

 

 

If you would like to take a peak at my comments log from all of the posts I left a comment on, click this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J81AwGcV6_QAxFR6_8ydiYXpr-04c1vm-QuGAQ9EUbQ/edit

I also responded to the comments left on my own blog. I was amazed by all the amazing resources my peers  had left me; not to mention the support and encouragement I received :

 

 

So there it is my friends! This is my summary of how my personal learning network came to develop throughout this semester. Through all of the platforms listed above I had both successes and struggles, but I made it through and feel much more knowledgeable on how to connect with others through technology, how to create a digital citizenship and how to feel comfortable with doing so.

Check out my summary of learning this semester with Jessi Gaja. In this video we go through our experience with building our personal learning network on top of gaining knowledge about different platforms through technology:

 

That’s a wrap!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Long Reflection Finally Surfaced

EDTC 300, Uncategorized

Hi friends.

This post has taken me awhile to build up the courage to post as I have been reflecting.

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of listening to Carol Todd speak about digital citizenship, the importance of teaching our students the safety measures along with utilizing technology, and her daughter Amanda.

Check out Amanda’s story here:

After hearing Carol speak about her daughter’s story and the struggles she went through, my mind opened to new possibilities and the importance of technology in the classroom. Not only is it important for technology to be used within the classroom for an interactive and progressive experience for the students, but teaching the safety behind using these platforms (specifically social media).

My very close friend has been negatively effected by social media platforms and the misuse of them. She now has trouble finding a job because of a “promiscuous” photo once posted. A truly great human is now affected by depression and social anxiety because of a horrific experience that she now reflects upon. She once said to me: “I wish someone would have told me how negatively the internet can effect someone. If I had been warned, this would not have happened.”

Carol spoke about the platforms often used within the classroom such as social media tools like Twitter and Instagram. Students these days, use these as well as Snapchat to gain acceptance and connect with new faces and stay in contact with old. Although extremely useful and progressive, these application can become a tool to essentially create a negative image upon someone. Digital citizenship and identity is something that we need to be speaking to with students so they understand that even their actions and decisions with these platforms at a young age can affect their futures.

This makes me think to back when I digitally sleuthed my colleague Jessi Gaja. I was not able to find anything that could reflect negatively upon her digital identity, however that is because we have has the training to practice creating a safe and positive digital citizenship for many years. Students in elementary, high school and even other faculties of post secondary are not exposed to the importance of safety on the internet.

In classrooms, not only exposing the safety precautions needed to take place, but showing the consequences or using examples of the negative effects that can happen is so crucial. To get you started, I did some research on finding some lesson plans on internet safety. Although catered towards younger grades, these plans could easily be manipulated to benefit older students in coherence with social media apps. Check this out:

https://educators.brainpop.com/bp-jr-topic/internet-safety/

Carol Todd’s visit was extremely heart felt and educational. I truly appreciate her taking the time to speak to us about the importance of technology as well as the needed training of why digital identity and the safety measures needed, has to be taught within the classroom.

To Carol Todd:

Thank you Carol, so very much, for all that you do and being fearless in sharing your own story along with Amanda’s. The work that you do to make educators and everyone around the world more knowledgeable about digital citizenship, internet safety and the importance behind each is truly inspiring. Not only are you so very appreciated, but creating an environment around the world that will truly help others.

Alyssa

What I Now Know About Technology

EDTC 300

This is is Jessi Gaja and myself’s Final Summary of Learning Project for our EDTC300 class! Take a peak:

In this video we outline each of the platforms we used throughout this semester, our thoughts on them, the changes and successes we had, as well as how our learning projects went.

I think the video summarizes what I learned this semester very well. Going into this semester of very little knowledge within the technology world, I feel as if I have no become an expert.

The tools we learned about are something we could easily use within the classroom to keep students entertained, intrigued and curious.

Please watch and enjoy!

 

Alyssa