Over the course of ECMP 355, I have gotten lots of support from my classmates. It was very reassuring to know that if I ever encountered a technical issue or simply had a curiosity, I could turn to a community of people who had my back and were willing to contribute to my learning. However, as we learned throughout the course, part of being a good digital citizen is not just taking but also giving/offering something up in return. Good digital citizens are not simply voyeurs, but those who actively participate. Keeping this in the forefront of my mind, I also, in turn, contributed in various ways to the learning of my classmates whenever possible. This took many forms.
- Twitter. Over the past 2 months, I could be seen:
- connecting with classmates and others online as a means of helping fellow educators build their PLN.
- tweeting over 245 times!
- sharing classroom photos, videos, and student work to help give practical lessons/ideas to others that they themselves can use or adapt.
- liking posts/tweets as a means of supporting others thoughts and acknowledging that I find links/resources helpful.
- commenting on others’ posts by offering up my own insights/points of view from a French Immersion classroom.
- retweeting useful links, resources, and blog posts so that others could have access to them. It was also a means of promoting my classmates and giving their blogs exposure.
- using the ecmp355 hashtag as a means of contributing to our online resources and categorizing our posts.
- engaging in various chats on my own time as a means of engaging with PD and collaborating with others (SaskEd chat as well as a DigCiz chat hosted by our professor, Katia Hildebrandt).
2. Google+. Over the past 2 months, I could be seen:
- responding to classmates’ questions about blogging, tweeting, etc. and offering up answers. If I did not know an answer off hand, I worked to find it online.
- offering up questions that I had, and that I had a feeling others had as well. This saved others from asking and created an archive of Q&A.
3. Blogging. Over the past 2 months, I could be seen:
- inviting others to comment on my blog posts and attempting to create discussion/dialogue in the comments sections.
- posting feedback, opinions, and questions on others’ blog posts on a regular basis.
- using pingbacks to various classmates, including Kim Thue.
- creating screencasts that guide others through various online processes (coding).
- responding to others’ comments on my blog posts to spark and develop deeper discussions.
4. Online Sessions. Over the pas 2 months, I could be seen:
- offering up thoughts, opinions, and commentary in the chat section of our online courses (Tuesday and Thursday nights).
- sharing insights after breakout sessions.
- attempting to answer other students’ questions in the chat so as to lighten Professor Hildebrandt’s load.
- engaging/participating in others’ initiatives (uploading to Padlet).
My hope is that this give and take between classmates will continue after the course is done. Many of them will be in my PLN for a very long time, as the ideas, opinions, resources, etc. we have shared over the past 2 months has been invaluable. Technology really does lend itself well to collaboration and PD. Great experience!