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

Digging Deeper..

When I began my journey, the first resource I found and continue to use the most is Rochelle Barlow’s ASL in 31 days. Through her program, I joined a facebook challenge group and.. as promised, I completed my first challenge: Introducing myself to the challenge group!

In this video, I introduce myself by finger spelling my name, sharing my age, the country I’m from, and what I do for fun and work.

After posting my video to the challenge group, I left it open for feedback from my fellow learners and teachers:

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How cool is this?! I love that I can connect with people online who sign and get feedback. I’m hoping as I continue to post challenge videos I can make more connections. It would be really neat to make a friend online through learning ASL.

The work does not stop there! Of course the learning in a learning project.. never ends! I am continuing to dig through the online world hunting for resources and communities related to learning ASL. In my recent post, I attempted to join a Google + community for individuals who use ASL or are learning it. Unfortunately, I was denied access.. sadness..

Fear not, I don’t give up that easily! I found an open Google + community: The Sign Language Community. This group allows members to join their group as soon as they request! I reached out to the group and asked for a little help with resources. I am hoping that by doing this, I can meet some ASL learners to network with via Skype or video chat. This way I can have some raw practice with conversing in ASL and connecting with learners around the world.

I also explored some pages my colleagues follow on Facebook related to sign language (fan pages, sayings, etc):

  • Whyisign: I love this page because it has inspiring videos, memes, and videos of people who post themselves signing and describe the reasons they sign.
  • We Love Sign Langauge: This page is very diverse! There are memes, quotes, shirts you can order, and videos here as well. What I love most about this is that they post resources for ASL learners as well such as the alphabet, and signs related to time.
  • InVisible REvolution: This page is more of an advocacy and awareness page than it is a resource for learning ASL itself. It’s actually a page for a documentary that will soon be released called Invisible Revolution. The documentary is about a mother who fights for the survival of her culture and her son in a hearing world. This page is just as valuable to me as the others that I use to learn ASL because I think the deaf culture and history behind ASL is so important to learn about and understand.