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It’s been almost a week since our final class of #eci831 and I’m still in the process of reflecting on the course and how I will utilize this learning in the future. As I mentioned in my final summary, my journey in the digital world is far from over and has been given a “shot in the arm” from this course.

Recently I had a chance to meet one of my #eci831 classmates in-person. After introducing ourselves, our conversation focused on how much we had learned and how impressed we were by the course. This post will focus on some of the work and learning that I experienced in #eci831. Although my journey in #eci831 is now finished, the learning will continue and with this I will continue to post in this blog as much as I can.

I started my blog posts by discussing the impact of extra-curricular activities and students performance. Through this post, I received some great feedback from my classmates which motivated me to continue writing.

As the course progressed, my writing began to focus on some of the tools we were learning about. I enjoyed learning more about and then writing about it in this blog. My experimentation with a 5-card Flickr Story was also a positive experience for me in the course and one that I appreciated in a technical and creative way.  Again, great feedback from the class.

My blog entries also commented on some of the guest presenters we were fortunate to have present to us.  Some of my blog entries reflected on presenters such as Dean Shareski, Stephen Downes, and Alan Levine.

As mentioned, I will continue with this blog and I am interested to see the direction that it takes now that I have completed #eci831.

Thanks again to Dr. Couros, our guest presenters of of course my classmates for providing me with such a rich educational experience.

All the best, please keep in touch and have a great 2nd last week before holidays!

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Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Some readers of this post may be familiar with and the ability to connect with others using this social bookmarking site.  If so, you may want to skip this post as the information I am about to share may be somewhat basic for the experienced user.

During the eci831 Sept. 20th session, the class was presented with some of the essential web tools that will be used during this course.  I have been working on my blogging skills using Word Press and so far I have been able to put together a relatively basic and functional blog.  With some level of comfort in this, I moved onto the next tool, Why use There has to be a reason why this is an essential course tool for eci831.  I started by watching a few YouTube videos (this video uses the old address) and then with a basic understanding, weighed the pros and cons of learning another web-tool. I thought “Why do I need to log onto this site to access bookmarks that I already have saved in my favorites?”  Simply put, allows me to access my bookmarks if I am not at my own computer.  Makes sense right?  Yes, but as I activated an account and started exploring the tool, I realized that the benefit for me (and I assume others) is much more than the ability to simply add bookmarks and bundle them.  For me the power and usefulness of is the ability to connect and network when exploring the bookmarks of other users. It’s a pretty simple process of adding bookmarks and tagging them which allows you to then see how many other users have tagged and bookmarked similar sites. For example, I am teaching Social Studies 9 and am currently researching Ancient Mesopotamia.  I found a relevant site, added it to my bookmarks, tagged it “mesopotamia.” That completed, I saw that 122 other users have bookmarked this site. I can then check out their bookmarks and any other bookmarks associated with the tag “mesopotamia.” Very quickly, my resource file of any and all things “mesopotamia” grew very rapidly.  The next phase of my learning and use of is to determine how to feed this information back to me with (I am assuming) a RSS feed.  I would appreciate any advice on this and welcome all tips and suggestions associated with . Tomorrow, my grade 8/9 social class begins using and I am sure they will find it as useful and as engaging as I do.  Having said this, I am sure that most of them are already using it and as usual I have now caught up to my students!