From the very beginning of ECMP 355, it seemed like the idea of this class was to a)Introduce us to teaching in a networked world, and b)learn how to learn with and from each other. As a soon-to-be teacher, I have already gathered that collaborating with other teachers is a great way to stay on top of your game and share great resources. It’s a two-way learning street that is invaluable in the life of a teacher. This class taught me how to do that online, in a modern and technology-rich manner.
The first place I found was our Google + community. It was the hub for everything about ECMP 355 and a great place to ask questions and collaborate with my peers. Below are some screenshots of how I contributed to the community. I am particularly proud of my very first Screencastify experience when I helped Molly. I’m not sure if I even ended up helping her in the end, but that was the day I went out on a limb and downloaded my very first chrome extension and learned how to use it successfully.
On Twitter, I have been sharing resources, reading and interacting with my classmates’ tweets, and actively working on my Professional Learning Network (PLN). I liked, commented and re-tweeted endless times. I was able to build my PLN by following like-minded educators and have them follow me back. I reached my goal of building my Twitter followers to reach at least 100 (I hit 105!!). My Twitter feed is constantly updating on the right hand side of my blog, and you can also find it here if you’d like to see my Tweets as well as any replies or comments I have made.
As far as WordPress goes, I regularly commented on my peers’ blog posts and encouraged their learning for their projects, or shared my thoughts on their opinions. You can get the links to my comments on this google doc. I posted more than the required amount of blog posts for my Learning Project as well as the twice-weekly required posts. I was engaged with the course content and encouraged others to read and engage with my writing. I also learned how to use pingbacks unintentionally when I sent one to Harp Surgery.
After that experience I was able to use a pingback intentionally in response to Andrea’s post about Digital Citizenship. As you can see below, there is a pingback from me.
During our ZOOM sessions I participated in the group chat and was engaged with course content. I was a leader in the breakout rooms I was placed in and was able to have successful conversations with many of my classmates. If you need proof, I was often in a room with Laura, and I’m sure she would vouch for me!
Overall, the Networked Learning experience of this course was a great way to find other educators to share and collaborate with. Keeping in touch through social media outlets such as Twitter will be a sure thing in my future!