Before this course, I had never used Twitter. I had to go unearth my Twitter account from years ago that I created purely because it was so popular at the time of creation. Now that I am taking this course and I am required to post on Twitter, I have used the app more than ever before. There are definitely other members of this course that have engaged with it more than I have, but I am still impressed with my slowly increasing comfort with the app. If I am being honest, I am still not all that comfortable posting on Twitter. I think that my biggest challenge with posting on Twitter is that I worry about what the people that follow me are going to think of what I post. I decided to use my old Twitter account because of it's convenience, and yes it is very convenient, but I tend to worry about what the people that follow me (who are not in this class) think about what I post.
I understand how Twitter is a beneficial professional development tool. With Twitter, we are able to connect with so many different people that are passionate and knowledgeable about the same things we are, which allows us to bounce ideas off of one another. As I write this blog post, I have come to the sudden realization that I need to begin looking at Twitter as a professional development tool that allows me to connect with people in my field rather than just a platform to impress random people. I am going to start looking at Twitter as a way to make myself as an educator better and more knowledgeable.
I think that participating in #SaskEdChat was actually super interesting. It allowed us to engage in important topics regarding education with other people that are also passionate about education. I liked it because it was such a stress free environment. There was no obligation to answer every single question asked, just the ones that we felt the most comfortable with answering.
All in all, I don't like Twitter yet. I still feel uncomfortable using it, but I am working towards building my comfort towards it. Ultimately, I think that it is mostly a mindset issue, but I am working on fixing said mindset.
My name is Taylor McPhee and I am from Radville, Saskatchewan. I have lived in Radville my entire life, in the exact same house, even in the exact same bedroom. I moved to Regina in 2019 when I started University and throughout the school year that is where I reside. In the summertime, I return home to work and live at Ceylon Regional Park. My favourite part of being home for the summers is that I am able to spend so much time with my family, friends, and my dog! I enjoy playing sports. I am currently playing ladies softball with the Ceylon Devils. Typically, I try to spend time coaching but doing both school and work this spring and summer I decided against it this year (but there is always next year!).
Personally, I really do not have a lot of experience with educational technology. I don't really know what "educational technology" actually means, that is what intrigued me to take this course. I started creating this website in my first year of University, but I never really understood what the point was, what to include, and how to organize it. I hope that this class can help me develop this page so that it can benefit me in the future. I enjoy using technology and I am typically the "tech wiz" of my family, but I think I have so much to continue learning.
I have never done any type of blogging. I do not really know what to include or how to phrase things. If I am being honest, I don't really understand the purpose of blogging. I am willing to learn about how to blog and put my best effort towards it!