Here we are at the end of the semester… I can’t believe how time has flown by! However, I really don’t feel like this is the end. I have discovered so many amazing tools that I can use in my future classroom, that this is really only the beginning of my ed tech journey. I love that even though this class was online, I felt I could connect with my classmates in a more meaningful way than most in person classes. In this blog post, I will outline some of the ways I contributed to the learning of others and the interactions I’ve had online. Here we go!
I think Twitter has been by favourite way to connect with others throughout the course. I jump on the app for 15-20 each day to tweet, retweet, comment and share. It was really fun building relationships with other educators through Twitter and I couldn’t believe how many great resources there were! Here are some examples of resources I’ve shared:
Twitter is also an amazing way to speak out about social justice. During our semester, the #blacklivesmatter movement took off, and I believe as educators must speak out against injustice. As a future arts educator I believe the arts are a great way to do that. Here are some tweets I shared and commented on:
I think Twitter is a great way to connect with others and build professional relationships as well. I got a chance to join in a #saskedchat and share my thoughts and experiences with other educators. I also got to connect with the makers of Videoscribe and let them know what I liked and disliked about their app. I even got a reply back!
Twitter is something that I will definitely continue to use. I think it’s a really valuable platform for teachers to share resources, support one another and just feel like you’re not alone. To see more of my tweets or give me a follow click here.
Another aspect of this class that I really (surprisingly!) enjoyed was blogging. I really like the platform of WordPress and it was fun sharing my thoughts each week. It was great connecting with my classmates and reading their blogs. I loved hearing about their learning projects and their thoughts on different subjects. Here’s are some comments made by others on my blogs:
One the most favourite parts of my week was reading my classmates blogs and commenting on them. I feel like I gained so much knowledge from them and all of their learning project posts made me want to learn like 10 different skills! Here are some of the comments I made on others’ blogs (Celine, Tracey, Raylin and Jasmine):
I have to say I really did not engage a lot in Slack this semester, but I did use it to look for information from other classmates and share resources.
I made so many manful connections throughout this semester and learning ALOT through different online tools and apps. I never knew I could find such an engaging, supportive and professional community online, and I know it will help me so much once I start teaching. The things I’ve learned in this class are invaluable and I will take them with me into my teaching career.