Here we are counting down the final days of University (if you’re a 4th year) or just finishing the semester. In this class, we were expected to help contribute to the learning of others. In this post, I will be summarizing my interactions with my fellow 455 and 355. I’ll try to make this entertaining as possible and break it up with lots of pictures/tweets.
1. Commenting on classmates’ blogs
This first one I struggled with in the beginning. I felt at times I didn’t have anything to say and I wanted to leave a “good” comment. I didn’t want it to feel insincere but to make the writer think. I do feel like I was able to accomplish this. On Lydia McLeod’s post, Supporting Diversity in the Classroom I commented this.
I also commented on Brett Loeppky’s blog post, Control Your Children People My Goodness.
I want to highlight these two comments because I honestly think they were the best ones I made all semester. Brett actually shared my comment on Google+ because she wasn’t sure how to answer it. I think they are my best because I believe I made both writers think about what I was asking.
2. Writing posts in response to blog posts that you’ve read
I pinged a couple classmates throughout the semester because I felt that they had valid points on their blog that I didn’t want to regurgitate. My post, Mental Health is not a JOKE! however was a response (kind of) to Matthew Lothian’s blog post, Do You Care About Politics. It was kind of a response because something in his post inspired me to write my own about politics.
3. Modeling the process of giving constructive feedback by commenting on ECMP355 blogs
The best constructive feedback I believe I gave was on Ashton Mills blog post, Pushing Past the Need for Perfection. She had posted some pictures of her doing yoga for her learning project and I noticed something she could do to help in a pose she was having difficulty with.
4. Interacting with others (both students in the course and others) on Twitter by answering questions and contributing to conversations.
This tweet I sent out was an article that I thought was interesting and relatable to class. I had several classmates comment on how it was really useful to them!
I also created this picture so that people could see the comments they made since many were asking how to view it. Too bad you can only see 2 – 3 weeks back….
5. Participating in education-related Twitter chats
#ecmpchat, #saskedchat, #STARSchat, #saskedchat (again) and #STARSchat (again too). So I believe these are all the twitter chats I participated in during this semester. These are insane. So fast paced you need to stay focused in order to keep up.
This was one of my most popular tweets during a twitter chat.
6. Interacting with others on Google Plus by answering others’ questions
My most recent interaction was with Nikki Keller on Google+. She was asking about how to view comments she made on other peoples blog.
The one on the left is what I posted and the one on the right is me trying to help through words (didn’t work so well)
7. Creating screencasts to help classmates with a particular skill
I showed Tori how to find her stats.
I showed Kylie how to upload PDF’s to google drive and then get a shareable link.
So there we go this is my semester crammed into a blog post. If you want to see EVERYTHING i did check out my Log Book. It doesn’t have any pictures or links but I do describe everything I did. I hope you enjoyed my journey through ECMP and another step to becoming a teacher.