I created this mind map for another post, but I think it really sums up my learning for this course.
What did I expect to learn and what did I learn?
I took this course because I was reading and learning so many new ideas and I wanted to have a structure to organize all my new learning. I also wanted to learn how to use technology to enhance my students’ learning. In addition, I wanted to have some accountability for actually implementing the things I was learning. This course has provided all that and even more. I guess the best way to sum it up is that I feel more connected. I have always been a lurker and not one to really contribute mostly because I felt like I didn’t really have anything to contribute. It was surprising to me to see the comments, feedback, tweets and retweets. I learned that all of us are learning and teaching simultaneously. We give and receive. We all have areas of expertise and unique experiences that can be shared to benefit the learning community.
What aspects of the course were most helpful for me and why?
Most helpful for me was experiencing self-directed learning for the first time. It was my first time ever blogging. First time to use twitter. First time to set up and use an RSS reader. First time to write a unit using the UbD format. First time to ever think about technology from the perspective of our youth (Living with New Media). First time to try genuis hour and coding. I was excited when others commented on my blog (even though I knew it was a requirement). I was excited when others mentioned my post in their blog post. I was excited when I used the Google + community to get an answer for why my images and videos weren’t showing up in my blog posts. I was excited when I figured out how to embed a tweet into my blog. I know that these things are just normal technological achievements for so many, but for me it has opened up a whole new world and I have experienced first hand the power of self-directed learning in a community. Learning by tinkering. Learning by tapping into the network. This is exactly the type of learning I want my students to experience.
What further knowledge and skills in this general area do I feel I need?
I am most looking forward to learning more about design and becoming more proficient at using digital tools for the right reasons.
How, when and where will I use what I have learned?
I have a great opportunity to use all that I am learning in my third grade class this year. We are a small but innovative school. Our administrators are extremely supportive and encourage experimentation and attempts to think outside the box. We are still a small school, so we don’t have all the fancy gadgets. But I think we are in a good position to be very purposeful about which forms of digital technology we will choose to invest in.
How and with what other school or community members might I share what I have learned?
I am excited to share all my learning with my school community. In my Grade 3-5 team, there is one teacher who has participated in COETAIL so I am definitely planning to connect with her. This year we opened up our new, beautiful campus so our theme is “celebrate.” I would love for our school to start using the hashtag #cishcelebrate to share out all the great things that we are doing!