In reflection, this course was designed in a very clever way. Our professor has guided us through the course and encouraged each of us to help one another on our EDTEC 300 journey. The outcomes are quiet astounding; we’ve learned far more, than we would have if she’d taught us alone. This learning journey hasn’t been just mine, it’s been our whole class, and the online community. I’ve grown from the richness of it and will use this teaching style once I’m in the classroom. Helping each other has been a powerful learning tool, and has built a strong community. I have tried to be supportive, caring, positive, and thought provoking, while using Google Plus, Twitter, Twitter chats, and commenting on blogs. Here is how I’ve contributed to others learning in our Spring EDTEC 300 class.
Google Plus was a place I posted things that I thought the class would benefit from and enjoy. The most powerful post was the one about online bullying, which was sent to me via Facebook. I think this video should be seen by all teachers so everyone can fully comprehend the devastating nature of online bullying.
I also answered questions and had meaningful conversations within the Google Plus community. Please follow this link to see all of my Google Plus contributions.
Twitter has been a unique experience, and I’ve come to realize that everything I put onto Twitter aides my learning and also that of the Twitter community. I made it my goal to tweet at least four times a day.
In TweetDeck, all class posts are displayed under the #edtc300 heading, and I comment on a couple of posts daily. All class members have interesting things to share, and it is quite difficult to stop at two. I also look for interesting articles that I think useful or insightful and share within the Twitter community. I must admit I find this a time-consuming activity as there is so much information on the internet but, this activity has broadened my learning and in turn helped others on their learning journey too.
— Anthea Holczer (@AntheaHolczer) June 14, 2018
7 other people found this article interesting and retweeted it while Amber made a comment which was great. This article really helped others, as well as myself, please click here to view the comments in detail.
Here is an example of reading material another student found and I retweeted it. In this way, great information and knowledge is shared through Twitter.
This article is fantastic! 5 extensions that can make all the difference in students lives and encourage learning. Thanks for finding this @MissMiddagh #edtc300 #educational #joyfulearning #teacherlife https://t.co/npTcwqGgor
— Anthea Holczer (@AntheaHolczer) June 19, 2018
Knowledge is shared within the Twitter community and we all benefit from it. Twitter is a platform where information is found and shared with like minded people, it’s also a place where conversations can happen.
My Twitter home page shows that I’ve Tweeted over 280 times, I am following almost 100 people, and 70 people are following me. I’m working on building a positive digital identity and connecting with many others on the internet.
TweetChat’s were terrifying, at first. So much information is shared, from people all around the world, at lightening speed. I’ve joined 5 Twitter Chat’s and learned so much from each experience. Teachers want to help and share their knowledge, which is wonderful. It’s taken me a while but I realize that side conversations occur, it’s these conversations I find most rewarding, please click on the link as this is one of my first conversations.
Commenting on blogs
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of writing blogs, and I’ve also enjoyed reading other student’s blogs. For me, this was the best part of the course. Seeing others creativity and ingenuity has been inspiring. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being supportive to my fellow students as we are all learning and helping each other.
Helping others with kindness, support, compassion and empathy has been rewarding. We have all learned about technology and how to use it, but we’ve also learned a sense of belonging can occur through technology when we all support each other.