I believe strongly in being a lifelong learner. We learn things everyday even if we do not realize it. We are also contributing factors to other people's learning even if we do not realize that as well. This blog post is going to demonstrate my contributions to my peer's learning throughout EDTC 300
Beginning with commenting on blog posts. In all honesty, keeping on track with commenting on blog posts every week was difficult for me. Not only was I busy with moving and work, but I am also living in an area where my connection is not great and I could not always access the blogs. By the end of the course, I tried to comment on as many blogs as I possibly could so that I was still interacting with others and supporting them on their journey! I was also so grateful to the people that had supported me on my journey by commenting on my blog posts. There were so many interesting blogs for people to read that I did not get many comments, but the ones I did really made me feel a sense of accomplishment on my personal journey throughout this course. Here are some of the comments I posted and received:
My personal blog posts kept me accountable for my personal learning and my learning project! It gave me a platform to share my progress, my learning, and some phenomenal resources I found throughout this course. It gave me the opportunity to not only think about how I can incorporate my learning from this course into the classroom, but also how I could incorporate blogging in the classroom for my students. I learned how to play the guitar throughout my learning project which has helped me begin to learn a new skill, teach others about this new skill, and provide them with resources I found beneficial when learning!
Finally, Twitter. Oh Twitter, I dreaded you so much at the beginning of this class. I complained about having to Tweet and how uncomfortable I was doing so. I started off pretty inactive, but as I became more comfortable with being out of my comfort zone I settled right in. I realized that this is an amazing platform to use to connect with people that are interested in the same things that I am. People actually wanted to see what I was posting and I actually wanted to see what they were posting in as well!
A nice reminder that everyone is in the same boat here!
After completing this class, I have learned how important it is to have connections with people when you are learning. This support system helps you stay accountable for your learning and it allows you to have a strong support system. These different platforms allowed me to grow my personal learning network by interacting with my classmates, other educators, edtech companies, and so much more. It gave me a place to voice how I was feeling and what I was interested in at the time. I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and create opportunities to learn new things everyday, as a lifelong learner always does.