Posted in ECMP 355

Learning Together

What I loved most about this class was the emphasis on connecting with others online whether it was helping them learn, learning from them, or giving individuals credit for their awesome Twitter finds or well-written blogs.

I contributed to the learning of others through three different social media pages:

Sharing resources, commenting to help others, and asking questions on Google+ was not one of my strongest areas in the course. I found it hard to engage with. I’m not totally sure why but it probably had to do with balancing all the other tech tools I was dabbling in. In the beginning of the course, I asked a couple questions because I was drowning in the technicalities of WordPress. This is another piece of the course that was great to have was immediate feedback and help. As for my contributions via Google +, I made a few comments on other people’s posts but that was the farthest it went.

WordPress is a great place to learn and help others learn once you get past all the technical jargon of creating a web page and fancy tabs (struggled with this for awhile before this class). There were SO many people in our class but I did my best to search through the class link and comment on a few people’s blogs each week.

Something I really struggled with at first was figuring out how to juggle all the tech tools and responsibilities we had in this class but I knew I had to figure it out fast. Below I shared my method with Tanya who was curious what I thought about all of the tasks we had at once:

Many of my comments on WordPress consisted of compliments and sharing resources. If I were to try this again I would have tried to have more dialogue with my fellow bloggers. Generating dialogue is sometimes something I struggle with. A way I tried to combat this is by reading through a blog, commenting, and ending the comment with a question.

My most successful form of contributing to the learning of others happened through Twitter. I shared articles daily, had my followers retweet my articles daily, commented on other’s tweets daily, and participated in three #SaskEdchats in the last few weeks. I enjoyed this form of networking the most because of how easy it was to connect with people not only from my class but from around the world through a single hashtag.

When I first used Twitter, I posted articles related to education here and there and added the occasional photo. After a pep talk on Twitter etiquette: how to get more followers and the richest experience possible… I tweeted often but also gave some love to my followers and those I followed. By doing this my retweets, likes, and followers increased dramatically.

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I did my best to share articles related to education frequently (at least once a day):

One of my favorite contributions to other’s learning online was through #saskedchat on Twitter, this is one I will absolutely continue utilizing past this class and into my career. It is beyond awesome to be able to connect with educators around the world on a level that feels so close. I write more about this connection in Learning in a Network World:

I cannot say it enough… being pushed to network with others online in diverse ways has opened up so many doors for me as an educator. I appreciate this experience in an exceptional way because I know I will for most of my life, teach in small communities that do not always have access to resources. Technology makes resources for me limitless, and for that I am thankful.

Posted in ECMP 355, Learning Project

Another Door Opens: ASL & Deaf Culture

I am so thrilled to announce that I have found more online communities and resources to guide me along my learning journey with ASL (American sign language). When I first began this journey I searched for ASL communities via Twitter and Facebook and only found one. This week, I wanted to challenge myself and find at least one more online community or resource for learning ASL. So, I did what all millenials do best… I googled “ASL learning communities”.

The first link that caught my eye was an ASL Buddies Google + community. This is cool to me because I only started learning about google communities since starting this class (ECMP355). Through this particular community, there are people to chat with and get tips from who are hearing, deaf, hard of hearing, etc. Finally, there is a link to a webpage called Dr. Bill Vicar’s ASL. It has daily quizzes that test your ability to decode sign language and finger spelling. Each day there is a new word to try and decode and there is a built in translator that you can find signs to words or phrases you want to learn.

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I am becoming amazed at the learning opportunities the internet holds if you really utilize it’s ability to open doors for you. I am currently working on building a sense of community in my life which is why I initially shared my negative feelings toward tech. Through this learning journey using online resources, I am finding it is possible to build community via the Internet. This completely changes my view on technology and creates an open mind that leads me to truly seeing the positive impact technology can have.