After a quick six weeks, here I am! Alive and well.
Initially I was extremely nervous about taking this course as I was not sure what to expect. I was totally uncomfortable with technology and did not want to struggle to get through a course. Luckily, this class taught me so much, starting from the very basics. We began talking about how to use twitter and also how to blog. We went from that all the way to coding.
I learned about myself and my own personal digital footprint and how I can use my online presence in a positive way. I created an amazing PLN (personal learning network) with my twitter account and started following some informative blogs through my new feedly account. I also learned about an awesome site called Tweetdeck to help me follow along easier with edchat's on Twitter.
A big topic of conversation throughout class was that of our world being "participatory" and how things are progressively getting more digital and it seems everyone has another life online. Managing our own personal online footprint is important, but also teaching our students how to be responsible and safe online.
Because education is a lot different in a digital era, we as teachers need to recognize the importance of technology and teach our students to be digitally literate. We watched and read many different things online about the dangers of the internet, including The Sextortion of Amanda Todd and How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life by Jon Ronson. This information and reality made me wonder what my online footprint looked like?.. This scared me because I realized that I should already know the answer to that question. This brings me to the activity that we did in class on "cybersluething" each other. I was surprised at how uncomfortable I got at the idea of someone looking into all of my online activity, but then I had to ask myself why that made me uncomfortable when I was the one who put all of that information out there for the world to see.
Another major part of this class was to create a learning project. I was attempting to learn Cree using all online sources and in some ways it was much more difficult than I expected and in others it was a lot easier than I expected. I originally thought I wouldn't be able to find many resources online to learn Cree because of language loss, but I quickly learned that there are quite a few great resources to learn this beautiful Indigenous language. For me personally, I also learnt that it is not easy for me to learn through an online format and I require some face-to-face in order to be successful.
All in all, I had an amazing experience throughout this course and I am leaving it with many amazing resources that I will carry forward into my future experiences and classrooms.