At the beginning of the semester, my ECMP class was posed with the question: “How have you contributed to the learning of others?” We were asked to consider this question throughout the semester and reflect on it as the semester comes to an end. My personal learning network, or PLN, has grown significantly as a result of my ECMP 355 class. This class has given me the opportunity to both learn from others and contribute to the learning of others. Throughout the course, I found Twitter and the class blogs to be the most effective ways to connect with others.
This class has officially instilled a love of Twitter in me. I had used it sporadically in the past, but found that using it so regularly during this class allowed me to make greater connections. I usually just used it for tweeting out articles that I thought were interesting in regards to educational technology, inclusive ed, and other related subjects. I also made sure to retweet and like many of my classmates’ tweets. I not only did this because I felt what they had to say was important, but also because I know how great it feels when you realize people actually value what you are posting! When the opportunity arose I also commented on others’ tweets with questions, advice, and opinions.
Below you will find one example of a time when I believe I contributed to the learning of others on twitter. While this exchange didn’t necessarily result in a lot of interaction, I felt that I shared a great resource for blending traditional math manipulatives and technology.
Another instance of providing a classmate with my opinion and advice can be found below. My answer is pretty brief, but I felt that by sharing ideas I had seen in the past, I provided Kayla with the opportunity to connect Minecraft to the curriculum.
I also made sure to tweet out any resources that I found especially helpful, an example of which can be seen below. I know that it can sometimes be a challenge to find a new way to learn a skill, so I thought that I would show my peers a resource that I found to be effective.
I also tried to start conversations by asking questions about what my peers posted. For example, during this exchange I not only wanted Ashley to feel that what she posted was of interest, but I was also curious about why she chose the project that she did.
During a twitter chat put on by STARS Regina, I felt that I was both learning from others and contributing to their learning. The chat, on mental wellness, was my first time joining a chat, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! As I tweeted quite a bit during the chat, I wont include a screenshot of all my tweets, but the Storify for the chat can be found here.
One of the things that I love most about Twitter is that it allows people with likeminded interests and views to connect and collaborate. My first year roommate (now an education student at the U of S) shares views on education and technology that are very similar to my own. As you will see below, she tweeted out an education related question recently and mentioned me in it. It felt great to be able to provide her with my opinion on something that I am passionate about, and felt even better that I was able to connect with someone I do not catch up with near often enough!
To be honest, I did not comment on nearly as many blog posts as I had hoped to. I have no better excuse than I often just got caught up by other things and forgot to comment. However, when I did comment I really tried to write comments that were of good quality. I tended to keep my comments pretty positive, and provided many compliments. There were so many high quality posts, and I wanted to make sure that my classmates knew what an outstanding job they were doing. Whenever possible, I liked to include questions to provoke further conversation and reflection. I also provided my classmates with helpful advice or resources when applicable. There will be a link to all of the blog comments that I have made at the end of this post, but below you will find just a few examples of the comments that I made.
When writing my own posts, I also liked to mention others’ posts when I felt like they were especially well-written or contained important information that added to my own writing.
Here is the google doc containing all of the comments that I made on others’ blogs, as well as screenshots of a selection of instances where I felt that I contributed to the learning of others on Twitter.
Overall, I am proud of the contributions that I made on Twitter and the blogs. While I wish that I would have commented on peoples’ tweets and blogs more often, I felt that the comments that I did make were substantial and helpful. I feel that I have built a more substantial and positive digital footprint as a result of this class, and look forward to continue building my PLN even after ECMP comes to a close.