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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!


The Sharing Continues!

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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As many of my #eci831 classmates have shared, Dean Shareski’s presentation to #eci831 was informative, uplifting and in my opinion, “required reading” for all educators.

To start this post, I would like to share a humorous bit from The Office demonstrating, perhaps, to much sharing using WUPHF and some of the complexities of being connected. I think, although ridiculous and meant for a laugh, Ryan’s idea of sharing speaks to the need of wanting to be connected and Kelly’s frustrations may speak to some of ours. 🙂

As an educator, I have had both negative and very positive experiences with sharing. Reflecting on my experiences, the positive benefits of sharing far outweigh some of the perceived negatives of sharing.  I have developed a “Top 10” list of the positive benefits of sharing that I have experienced as an educator:

As an educator, when I share and/or am shared with, I…

1) will positively collaborate with colleagues leading to academic improvement for students.

2) am able to collect more classroom resources.

3) experience new approaches and teaching strategies.

4) hear different perspectives on complex issues.

5) learn about new technology that can be used to engage students.

6) can recognize ways to re-focus my instruction.

7) learn from the negative and positive experiences of my colleagues.

8) support colleagues new (or maybe not so new) to the profession.

9) demonstrate that I am only human and share many of the same experiences as my students.

10)continue to journey as a life-long learner and will never settle for “good enough.”

I would like to thank all of my classmates for sharing.  I enjoy your blog posts and find your thoughts, observations and experiences to be extremely valuable.  Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

PS – I strongly suggest reading Dean Shareski’s latest blog post – Looking for Positive Deviants.