- Here it is! The moment I was most apprehensive about. The aspect of technology, which I have been most resistant and reluctant to pursue. Whether it was due to concern over privacy, the extent of my digital footprint, the overwhelmingness of who should be in my PLC, what exactly is a PLC and once joined, how constant the bombardment of tweets, notifications and the like is? After 5 courses, I am still very hesitant about “putting myself out there”. I still feel that a lot of the PLC components are trivial and not very substantive. That said, I am also trying to see the positive aspects, hence creating a twitter account. I have tweeted a few times and participated in one school twitter chat. I have chosen to follow a few people who I see as being knowledgeable in the area of curiosity in education. I have also chosen to follow some peers. I still keep my life very private and look at Twitter as a chance to carefully grow a community of educators with similar passions.
- One of the main reasons I started a twitter account was based on advice provided by a fellow Coetailer, who argued that I need to start seeing the power of these technological outlets as effective ways to get my ideas out there and to advertise my course 5 project for example. So, I will continue to grow my followers and use twitter to help me build a community of people who are passionate about curiosity, creativity and innovation in education. However, it will grow slowly.
- This may not seem like a lot to many people, but considering I still have a Nokia phone and discovered predictive texting about 4 years ago, This personal growth is fairly monumental.
HERE ARE SOME UPDATES OF MY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND BUILDING OF MY PLC:
I participated in an online chat through twitter at my school:
I started with following 6 people and now I am following 27. It takes me awhile to choose who to follow.
I started with 4 followers and now I have 10.
I have also began tweeting updates and student work on Curiosedy to my twitter
. I added social media buttons on Curiosedy in order to begin trying to promote the site and build a community of like-minded students/teachers