I just want to start off by saying that before this class I was a complete lurker on the internet. I rarely commented, and if I did, it was only ever to amuse my friends. I never cared to post my input, thoughts, or opinions on such a social platform for anyone to see. Though, to my surprise, doing so got easier as I went along!
In my opinion, I found it easiest to communicate with my peers through their blog posts because I was able to take advantage of the lack of a word limit. I made sure to try and inspire my peers, comment about things I liked, but most of all, I tried to create an open dialogue by asking them questions to ponder and follow up with an answer. Here are some examples of my comments:
As you can see, I tried to make sure my comments were not generic and they had somewhere to go if they felt like answering. Furthermore, I meant what I said in each one, which I think counts for something!
Furthermore, I tried to create a professional online presence on my Twitter account. This is what I was talking about when I had stated that I never posted much. I tried to embrace the challenge, though. I remember Katia mentioning that it’s appropriate to post some personal tweets along with, mostly, professional style tweets — and that’s exactly what I set out to do. It was a strong recommendation that we try to tweet twice per day, too. Admittedly, I found this incredibly tedious because, well, I have never been much of a sharer and I was SUPER busy with my other university class! Not trying to make an excuse, it is what it is!
Here are some of the highlights where I posted a question, resource, or something I found interesting!
In addition, here are some of the tweets I am most proud of, either because they were retweeted or there was lots of interest in them!
Here are some of the comments I made on my peers tweets!
And here’s some comments from the SaskEdChat that I took part in!
Lastly, I had a hypothetical twitter chat with my colleague, Amanda Ewert, using #twitterintheclassroom. I have a screenshot of this chat which was included in this blog. This chat was in the effort to, not only complete a mandatory blog, but create a potential dialogue between my peers and also give some resources!
In terms of of my blog posts that I had written throughout the semester, I tried to incorporate my opinion, things I found interesting, my humour, and resources so that the reader could make sense of what I was talking about. Take this blog, for example, where I spoke about the different aspects of the internet and its dark side. By the end I had posted a video about the deep/dark web to help the reader in case they were unfamiliar with the subject. Or take this blog where I spoke about my adventure with coding, I linked to the different aspects of coding, and the location of my activity. Both my EDTC 300 blog posts and my Learning Project pages carry many more great examples.
In conclusion, I had a great time collaborating with my peers. In hindsight, I could have done more tweeting, though I think I did perform pretty well in that aspect. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed the blogging aspect of this class because it allowed me to be very creative and to interact with my peers in, what felt like, a natural way. With all that being said, I am not going to drop my online presence. Building my Professional Learning Network is something I am interested in and want to continue with as I embark on my internship and professional career.