At the beginning of the semester, our EDTC300 class was told that we were going to have to make a post about how we have contributed to the learning of others throughout the 7 week course. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by very active classmates, so this was not an issue for me at all. I feel like I did my part by giving people feedback, and sharing resources that I thought were relevant and helpful. As a result of the contributions that my classmates and I have made, I feel like I have expanded my PLN (personal learning network) which we discussed early on in our class. I quickly learned that the only way to get feedback is to have those interactions with the people in your network and put yourself out there. Our class used 3 tools to help connect with others online. These were; Twitter, Slack, and through our ePortfolios.
To start, here are the contributions that I have made on Twitter:
Here is a tweet that I made that is an easy to understand video for people of all ages about racism. The video is a bit long, but it was a good resource to share, especially because of the current state of our world with the Black Lives Matter movement:
Here is a reply that I had on Twitter that also relates to racism and difference in people:
Here is a reply to one of my fellow Twitter users that asks about social media detox:
Here is a tweet that I shared that outlines important characteristics for teachers to build their educational philosophy around:
Here is a reply on Twitter that I discuss the importance of opening up conversations with kids about racism:
Lastly, here are a few of my answers to the SaskEd chat that we had with our class at the beginning of the semester:
Next, here are some of the comments that I made on my classmates’ blog post on their ePortfolios:
This comment was made on Twitter in the Classroom by Celine Miskolczi:
This comment was made on Reflection on the New and Changed Culture by Cassie McCallum:
This comment was made on Internship? By Yohan Yemba
This comment was made on Summary of Learning by Caitlin Kendall:
Finally, this reply was to Cassie McCallum after she commented on my post Grandma’s Bun Recipe:
Unfortunately, I can’t say I contributed to the Slack app as much as I probably should have. I did not have any questions to ask, and a lot of times when my classmates asked questions to the group as a whole, by the time I saw the question someone else had already answered it. I thought Slack was a useful tool because there were a lot of times where I went back and rewatched parts of our lectures when there was content that I didn’t quite understand the first time it was being explained. However, I don’t think I got the full benefit out of the app because I spent most of my time and energy on Twitter, and looking at my classmates’ ePortfolios.
Overall, I thought the interactions I had with my classmates were very helpful and uplifting. Seeing people comment on my posts and ask questions made it easy to stay engaged with my posts and think about changes that I could make for future posts. It was nice to get the opportunity to look at other people’s ideas on different platforms and be able to give them feedback or ask questions. I hope to keep in touch over Twitter with the great future and current educators that I’ve had the chance to get to know, and hopefully I will meet more people like this in the future.