Well, this will officially be my final post for the EDTC300 class. My first semester of university has moved so much, that it’s almost overwhelming. EDTC300 is a class that I was looking forward to from the start, since I’m pretty big into technology, and it didn’t let down, even though it didn’t exactly hit my expectations. Learning how to effectively use technology in an educational manner is an important detail that we, as teachers in a modern world, need to know about. Connecting with other educators in an online world one of those details that I believe shouldn’t be overlooked.
With that, I’ll be going over the various ways I’ve connected with my EDTC300 peers over the course of the semester.
The way I felt most connected with my peers was through WordPress, and our blogs.
Through our blogs, I have been able to read and reflect on posts made by my peers. Even though I did a lot more reading than responding, it was still super interesting to be able to follow my classmate’s learning projects and blog posts. The learning projects were super interesting to follow since I could see the huge variety of things we were all learning, and the blog posts were also interesting because I could see alternate views to something that I portrayed in my own blog.
When I responded to my classmates on WordPress, I approached them differently depending on the post. For a learning project post, I tried to leave messages that were encouraging, and for regular blog posts, I posed questions to make the writer think more about the subject.
Another online community I – admittedly lightly – used was Google+. The EDTC300 Google+ page was a community for us to gather and ask/answer any questions we may have had with any project, reading, or otherwise. The way that I used Google+ was mainly to get a partner for the two-part argument assignment that I ended up completing with Luke Anderson (You can read Luke’s response here). We connected on Google+ and we were able to exchange phone numbers to discuss the assignment further. Google+ was a very simple way to get in touch with the entire class for quick inquiries.
The last big way we connected with each other through an online network was through Twitter. Through Twitter, we were able to connect with each other by sharing blog posts our other applicable links related to EDTC300. This was an easy, convenient way to share information with each other and connect with one another. Another useful way to use Twitter is participating in Live Chats, or more specifically for our class, Live Ed Chats. These chats let you connect with others in real time to talk about a specific subject set by the chat host. Ed Chats are a great way to connect with other educators from all over the world and learn from their experiences. It gives you a different perspective on things when you hear them from someone else who may not be a peer. Twitter is a great way for connecting with, not only your peers and fellow educators, but educators all over the world.
All these different ways of connecting are, to be honest, a little overwhelming. However, all of these methods of connecting are extremely useful for an educator. It allows you to gain so many different perspectives on different subjects and views. Being able to connect with so many different people over the semester, purely through online resources, is an amazing thing that us modern educators should take advantage of in our classrooms.
And with that, this is the finale of my time in EDTC300. I wish the best to everyone continuing forward and I hope you all have a great Christmas, New Year, 2018, and foreseeable future!