As I reflect on my contribution to others learning I can not stop thinking about how others have contributed to my learning. Coming into this class, I definitely felt as though I would not be much help to anyone when it came to the technology side of things, but I was hopeful that I would make up for my lack of tech knowledge with my passion for education, lifelong learning, and the experiences that I have had both in and out of the classroom. For this post I have been asked to demonstrate how I have contributed to the learning of others. I will go through a variety of ways that I feel that I have helped others learn including some screen shots, a summary, and a short video.
I thought that using the slack community worked really well for myself who was probably going to ask more questions than answer. I was happy that I was able to help a few people by answering a couple questions and providing a few links to resources that I thought would be helpful. The things that I found most useful about slack was that it was just our class so we could ask specific questions pertaining to our course content. I also liked that I was able to learn from the questions that other people asked. Often I would have had the same question but someone else had already asked and answered it. I feel that by participating in the slack community contributed to the learning of my classmates as I was there to give feedback, comment, share resources, and answer questions when I could.
I was surprised at how much I have grown in my Twitter abilities. At the beginning of this class I was not sure if I would ever really catch on to Twitter. In the past I have not always felt confident in sharing resources or my opinions over social media platforms as I would worry about what others would think without me having the opportunity to explain or expand on things. I have a new understanding of how Twitter can help me in my professional and personal life. I found that not only did I stop “lurking” but I started participating. I have shared resources both articles and videos by tweeting and retweeting, I commented, and contributed to conversations and prompts from classmates, I have shared my blog posts to give others an opportunity to see what I was posting about on wordpress, and I also was able to go beyond our class and participate in a variety of Twitter chats. Some of the Twitter chats that I joined were #resilencechat, #N2T2chat #crazyPLN #PLN365, #Saskedchat, and #masterychat, I was able to answer many of the questions and get some great ideas from the other professionals in the chats. Twitter chats have had a huge impact on growing my PLN. Below are some screenshots of my contributions to others learning through Twitter. You can also follow me on Twitter @beaven_tracey
EDTC 300 and Learning Project Blogs
Blogs, blogs, blogs, in previous classes I honestly felt bogged down by blogs. I never knew what to say exactly, was my comment relevant, was it worthwhile, was it helpful? Well I had to shake this way of thinking and really embrace blogging not only to write and post my own blogs but to comment and contribute to others. I think that by commenting on others blogs truly helps the writer stay engaged because they know someone is reading it on the other end. I know that I looked forward to seeing comments about my posts even if the person was questioning my writing or giving me positive feedback, it made the blogging process seem more purposeful not just reflecting for my own benefit. I felt like my classmates would potentially be benefiting from my posts and the comments I was making on their blog posts as well. I tried to read and comment on a variety of people’s blogs and I ended up quite hooked on a few of my classmates learning projects. I was able to make a few suggestions on a couple of them and I hope it helped them out. Some of these blogs included Lochlin’s handstands , Julia’s longboarding, and Shelly’s to name a few. Lydia’s posts and many others comments and blogs provided opportunities for me to question and respond to posts in meaningful ways. I was mentioned in a few of my classmates blogs saying that I helped them with an app suggestion, it was nice to know that they found the app InShot useful. Below I have included some screen shots of some of the interactions that I had with the others in my class and I feel that they show that I have made significant contributions to the learning of others.
I have shared a variety of resources about technology, education, and anti-racist education. I compiled some of them in Wakelet so that I would easily be able to add to my resources as well as find them and refer back to them as needed. My Wakelet resources are divided into two categories videos and articles. Feel free to take a look and see if there is anything that you are interested in or perhaps haven’t seen before.
I have also included some teaching resources that I have created on my wordpress blog site. These include some lesson plans and unit plans. At this point it is still limited to some that I have used in my pre-internship but I am looking forward to adding to this section of my e-portfolio while doing my internship. I hope that some of these resources will contribute to others learning.
One last item that I wanted to mention in this post is the contribution to learning that has occured while collaborating with Shelly and Lydia on our summary of learning project. I think that we all helped each other in different ways but I know for sure that when Shelly and Lydia had to explain how to use certain aspects of the book creator tool they were growing in their understanding of how to use the tool as well.
We also shared many phone calls, facetimes, and messages to ask each other questions, get opinions, and confirm our understandings of assigned posts and material. I hope that I have contributed to their learning as much as they have contributed to mine. This is just a little sample of our collaboration and support that we provided for each other. Encouragement, guidance, and honesty, I am very lucky to have found so many supportive people in my educational journey. I know that I am supposed to be showing all of my contributions to others learning but so many others have contributed to my learning and understanding. Thank you to everyone who has helped me learn along the way.