A major aspect of EDTC 300 was contributing to other’s learning and by doing so challenging myself to practice constructive criticism, develop confidence in providing feedback and allow my perspectives to be altered. Involving myself in the many online platforms used in this course made it easy for me to assist others in there learning journeys.Outside of weekly communication with my classmates through Zoom, the EDTC 300 Google Plus community, Twitter, and WordPress allowed me to communicate with my classmates.
I was unaware that google plus existed prior to this class but I now believe that it has awesome benefits to allow for a group to communicate and share with one another. Whenever I had a question regarding class work, I posted it to our google plus community because I thought if I needed clarification than maybe my classmates did too. This also allowed me to receive answers from classmates efficiently rather than solely relying on my prof and provided the opportunity for my classmates to also see the responses. Our Google plus community was an excellent resource for sharing content and asking questions that were specific to the EDTC 300 class.
Twitter was brand new to me this semester but I was willing to challenge myself to develop an account, follow my classmates and begin tweeting to the recommended one or two tweets tweet per day. Over the course of 13 weeks, I promoted #edtc300, produced 128 tweets, and regularly commented on my classmate’s posts which makes me believe I was successful in contributing to my classmates learning via Twitter. By engaging with my classmates’ posts I believe I made them feel appreciated and encouraged them to continue to be active on Twitter. I also participated in Saskedchats when possible which allowed me to influence other educators’ thinking while gaining new education perspectives myself. By sharing resources related to the course, sharing links to my assignments, tweeting my thoughts and opinions, engaging in Twitter chats, using hashtags, and commenting on, re-tweeting or liking my classmates’ posts I have developed a Twitter PLN and provided helpful resources to encourage learning beyond class content. I have included a screencast to show a vast variety of my tweets which can also be found on my Twitter profile. The pictures highlight the different ways I was able to contribute to other’s learning using Twitter.
Each week my EDTC 300 classmates and myself were asked to make two blog posts, one for our Learning Project and one based on the particular week’s topic of study. Along with other homework, this felt like a lot to do some weeks so it was up to me to comment on my classmates’ posts with positive feedback and motivating advice to help them stay on track. Most of the time my classmates’ posts were very well done and educational for me to read so rather than making suggestions on ways to improve their posts, I found myself complimenting them on their strong efforts and offering encouraging or inspiring advice. I enjoyed responding to my classmates’ comments on my posts and clarifying any questions they might have left for me, in order to further both of our understandings. Due to the immense amount of effort that each of us put into our blogs, I felt the need to acknowledge my classmates work to provide them with the sense that their commitment to their blog was appreciated. Below I have included a few of the comments I made throughout the semester that best summarize the content my comments typically consisted of. I also included a screencast of my Comments I’ve Made Dashboard Page which shows some of my most recent comments.
And that should do it. Obviously, this post cannot explain every detail of my contribution to the learning of others but by breaking it down into the Google plus community, Twitter, and Blog commenting categories I was able to summarize my offerings to improving the learning environment for everyone involved in EDTC 300. It was an honor to be a part of this class and not only learn from my professor but rather learn from each other and have the opportunity to help enhance my classmates’ learning.
- Kendall. S