This is it! The end of the semester — and my degree — brings with it a bittersweet feeling. This has been my life for the past few years, preparing to enter a field that I am so passionate about. I’m finally at the point where I get to do what I love every day for the rest of my life!
As I mentioned in my Summary of Learning post, this class has been one of the most useful classes in my university career. Not only did I learn so much about websites and applications that I can add to my toolkit, I also got to interact with some pretty incredible educators (current and future) that have helped me shape some of my future teaching practices. I am so grateful for Twitter for allowing me to connect with my classmates as well as other peers in the field. I got to learn from other teachers, principals, students, bloggers, authors, and members of diverse communities. This was done through replying to tweets of interest, participating in Twitter chats, going through hashtags that seemed relevant to me, and more.
I often got advice I didn’t even know I needed through Slack. Sometimes, classmates would post questions or responses that seemed useful and relevant even though I was not the one asking or responding. Just knowing I could go there to find things like screencasts of how to do different things on my blog was so helpful. I was able to offer my advice in some instances too.
Finally, I was able to interact with peers through the database of blog posts. Commenting on posts made it so that we were able to encourage each other, offer tips and tricks, and follow up on each others’ progress with learning projects.
I learned how to use Padlet in an ECS class about two years ago, and at the beginning of this semester, I saw Jana utilize it in a blog post. Since it is able to be embedded into blog posts so seamlessly, I decided to utilize its Stacks feature to keep some of my meaningful Twitter, Slack, and WordPress interactions in one place. I like this site because it is dynamic and I can keep adding to it as I go. I can also keep these interactions in this space forever, coming back to the advice and conversations that aided my (and hopefully, my peers’!) learning experience.
Thanks for a great semester, EDTC300!