One of the aspects of EDTC 300 that I most appreciated was the opportunity to connect with my classmates, other education students, lots of professional educators, and so many others in the education community. All of these connections I made have helped me build a professional learning network (PLN) that I hope to maintain for years to come. At the same time that I have been building my PLN, I have had the opportunity to contribute to the learning of my classmates by commenting on their weekly blog posts and Twitter posts, tweeting articles and resources I have found through Feedly or others I follow on Twitter, and answering questions/connecting using Slack. I have also begun collecting educational resources that I or my classmates have found and placing them in a Resources tab on my eportfolio that anyone and everyone is welcome to use. Besides these regular online connections, I was also able to connect every week on Zoom during our weekly class. I really appreciated the breakout rooms we were put in each week and the opportunities to connect in smaller groups to discuss various issues and topics. Here is a summary of ways I contributed to the learning of my classmates through each of these platforms.
Slack was a useful tool for connecting one-on-one with my classmates and with Katia when I had technical issues or questions. I shared some resources on Slack closer to the beginning of the semester. As the semester went on, I found Twitter a better platform for sharing resources because I’m on Twitter daily and I can connect with a larger and more diverse group in my PLN. But I really liked Slack for engaging with individual classmates, especially when it came time for group assignments and finding partners.
For me, Twitter was the most effective way to connect with classmates and the education community on a regular basis. Always using the hashtag #EDTC300, I contributed to the learning of others on Twitter by:
- Tweeting resources and articles that I found using Feedly
- Commenting on classmates’ tweets with encouraging words or appreciation for resources they shared
- Retweeting interesting/useful/heartwarming/funny/inspiring tweets from users that I follow
- Tweeting my own personal experiences/learnings/questions/thoughts/feelings
I connected using Twitter at least twice per day everyday, and often more than that. Here is a screencast of all of my tweets and replies to the #EDTC300 hashtag this semester.
These are some examples of specific tweets highlighting the contributions I made as per the list above:
In addition to daily interactions on Twitter, I participated in two Twitter Chats. To be honest, I would have liked to have participated in more, but finding the time was very challenging for me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the two that I did have the chance to participate in. I made so many connections during these chats and was able to grow my PLN substantially because of them. The second chat I took part in I found to be really good for me psychologically because it was right after my pre-internship was cancelled due to COVID-19 and I was feeling very uneasy and unsettled. Hearing that so many others were feeling the same way was comforting. I think I offered some good insight during that Twitter chat as well.
Everyday I would open the Voices of EDTC300 webpage and read one of the most recent blog posts for that day. I was always so impressed by the quality of the posts my classmates put on their blogs. I tried to always tell them what I enjoyed about their post as well as how I personally related to something they had mentioned in their post. I learned a lot from my classmates through their learning project journeys and weekly blog responses. I tried to encourage them and leave positive feedback. I always felt very lifted up when I received positive comments on my posts on my blog and wanted to do the same for my classmates. This is a video summary of all of the comments I left for my classmates on their blog posts this semester.
Throughout the semester I shared and collected educational resources that I saw on Twitter or found through Feedly. I collected these resources not only for my own future use, but to share with my classmates or anyone else who would like to use them. I posted these resources on the Resources tab of my eportfolio.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my education degree, and especially during this class, it’s how much we can learn from each other and grow as teachers if everyone is willing to share what they’ve learned and lift each other up. This has been one of the most motivating and positive classes I’ve taken and I have my classmates and Katia Hildebrandt to thank for that. I hope I was able to contribute to the learnings of my classmates as much as they’ve contributed to mine. Thank you to everyone in EDTC300!