Fresh Faced and fancy-free I was ready for the adventure ahead but wasn’t actually sure what the course was going to have in store that I’d be able to connect to my practice and implement.
I love hashtags so we were off to the races when we introduced ourselves with hashtags that summed us up. With more detail and background we took to Google + to more formally introduce ourselves to our classmates. We were a mixed bunch with some overlap in our background but it was lovely to me that we didn’t all fit the mold.
Getting familiar with Google + was my first learning experience. I knew about it but until this course, I hadn’t had a reason to engage with it or get familiar. I referred to Google + weekly to check was was new and read the Weekly Plan but other than that I found more meaningful engagement from Twitter and the blogs.
Twitter is a place I feel comfortable now. I had an account from like, 10 years ago but I’d only posted a grand total of 5 times. It was an easy throwaway and starting an account that was about engaging and sharing with the professional community we a great reason to start a new one.
I mentioned in my post about my contribution to the learning of others but I’ll reiterate it again – I really did believe that Twitter was a soapbox on which to stand as you yelled out into the abyss of the internet. I’ve learned otherwise over the course of this class. I have found my Twitter voice and developing a professional learning network that I feel comfortable to tap into and engage with.
Blogging was something I thought other people did. I didn’t feel like I had a reason to blog. Oh, boy was I wrong. I. Love. To. Blog. Having a space to share and think through the consideration associated with learning, tech and professional life is proving to be really valuable to me.
The content of my posts has been the real culmination of my learning through this course. I have big “take away” ideas and questions about how to help guide even our youngest students toward a healthy and positive “digital identity”. The questions this course has opened up for me are ones that don’t really have conclusive answers…but that’s kind of how I like my questions – never-ending wormholes to more learning!
I wrote and reflected about changing our educational paradigms, and about how – in a broad sense- we can rethink our classroom tools. The ideas we’ve covered has been both practical and esoteric. I appreciated that I have come away with a big picture understanding of my role in tech in education and also with knowledge about what practical classroom tools are available to me.
The consideration of ones digital identity is a new one for me. In adulthood I’ve felt like the best thing I can do is to just stay off social media platforms because it always felt to me like there was a risk in putting yourself out there. This class forced me to engage. And it wasn’t a bad thing. Jumping in with two feet and starting a blog and a Twitter account opened my eyes to the positive contribution I could make to the professional learning of others in my PLN’s but also it’s helped me understand how I can control my digital identity.
Responsible digital citizenship is an interesting thing that will continue to float around in my brain as a continue to work in elementary education. When we talk about “kids being online” we often infer that we’re talking about teens or preteens who are beginning to step into the complicated world of social media and the difficulties they face navigating their online social lives. In my own practice, I work with a younger segment of the population that is still forming social bonds in person; they are not yet diving into social media. I am grateful that I’m now cognizant of what lays ahead for this crew of Littles.
We’ve each been asked to summarize our learning in a video. We could use interpretative dance, rap, or something more conventional but we needed to be in it – either our selves or our voices. I have never before made a video of myself chatting about one thing or another so I was completely overwhelmed about where to start. I didn’t know of any software that would or could give me what I wanted. I zoomed the interweb for about 4 days researching different styles, editing software, yadda yadda, yadda…and what I found was a program called VideoScribe. It aimed to help you produce a “whiteboard” type video. So, I produced…as best I could a summary of my learning in a whiteboard style video. It is not polished! I don’t think i have the skills to produce a polished video – yet! (I’m sticking with it and I’ve vowed to up my VideoScribe sofetware knwoledge!) What you’ll see below took me hours and hours…you probably won’t even belive it once you watch it but really it did – I tought myself the saoftware using Youtube videos (as best I cuold in the timeframe) and then blocked out with sketches how I wanted the video to flow. I made notes along teh way and refered to those as I voice over the fly through. There is a finess in the rate which with you speak and the rate with whish you have the sofeware render the drawings…taht is also something taht took hours and yet is still a work in proress.
Without furthur adue…