December 3, 2012

Final Reflection

This semester was certainly a learning experience for me.  I thought that this was going to be an “easy A” class and that I would not really have to put too much work into.  Boy was I wrong.  I think that I gained more out of this class then I have gained out of many of the other classes that I have been in.

There are so many tools and resources available to students, teachers, and individuals in general to use.  I had not even heard of half of the tools we used (Diigo, MOOC).  I had never used Twitter and still have a hard time with it.  I am just not getting the hang of that one.  I saw many more things as professional tools.  (Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn)

One of the most valuable aspects of this class was the time and effort put into getting our hands dirty in the various social networking resources.  Not only did we learn about them but we also had to be a participant and really dive into them.  I am not really good and comfortable with some of them yet but the experiences I gained in this class will help me as I try to do better.   Being made to get me hands dirty really helped.  I probably would not have done as much in the various tools if it was not required for a grade and for that I am grateful.

I started out in this class thinking that I knew a lot about social networking.  That was a big mistake.  I learned so much.  Not only about social networking but about how I can present myself professionally online and in these different networks.  I learned that I can use these tools not just as resources in my classroom but as professional development that will help me stay in the hunt with all the technological choices out there.  I am much more professional and aware of what I put out in the online networking land as it pertains to me and my reputation and the perception that others have of me as a person and as a professional.

One thing that I learned in this class that can really help in my own online classroom is all the collaboration tools available.  I thought that collaboration would be hard for students to do but there are some very good resources out there available to everyone (most are free) that would allow my students to collaborate together easily across the state.  I also learned that many of my students are way ahead of me in some of these technologies.  It is, at times, quite humbling.

We were able to spend a lot of time collaborating and sharing with others.  I found that being in a small group helped me get to know and love those in that group.  It was through the various networks that allowed us to really connect and not seem so far away.  Google Docs is an excellent example of this.  We could talk and work right there, in live time, all together.  It was fun getting to do so.

It has been an eye opening, wonderful learning experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to do it.  I will be able to take this and be a better teacher and social networker because of it.


November 12, 2012

Social media is not just something that a few do.  This has become a world wide phenomenon.  By finding ways to incorporate it into the classrooms we will attract more students back into learning.  We can guide students to good netiquette and self awareness.  Not only can we teach them “school” things but we can prepare them for social media in the workplace and ways to correctly portray themselves.  In my readings I remember one man saying that there should be just one acceptable use policy that covers everything.  You do not need an AUP for cell phones, computers, internet, social media, and on it goes.  Try and create an AUP that covers everything in one policy.  Below is a list of 10 steps that can be used to create a social media acceptable use policy.

  1. Examine your school culture.
    1. This will allow you to know how comfortable with social media your school already is.
    2. Is adding social media accepted?
    3. What is the acceptable use policy already set up in the school?
  2. Create a team
    1. Create a team of students and teachers
    2. Make sure that out of your teachers some have used social media and some have not.
    3. By having students on the team they may think of things that are important to note while the teachers may have overlooked it.
  3. Research
    1. What social media is out there?
    2. What are other schools doing in regards to an AUP on social media?
    3. Pros and cons of social media?
  4. Create a goal
    1. What is the purpose of this AUP?
    2. Does the AUP prohibit accomplishment of goal?
    3. If so, what can be done to AUP, that is reasonable, to align AUP with goal?
  5. Draft a document
    1. As a team, create a draft AUP that can be reviewed.  This draft should be detailed and very straightforward.
  6. Have stakeholders and legal team review document
    1. Send the document to stakeholders for input.
    2. Do changes suggested hinder or help overall goal?
    3. Meet with team to go over suggested changes made by the stakeholders.
    4. If changes are unnecessary, what can be presented to stakeholders to help them?
  7. Allow community members to review document.
    1. When community members are asked to be a part of the system they do not feel as though the school is trying to push something on them.
    2. Allow those in the community to look over the document.
    3. Address all questions/concerns/suggestions
  8. Collect all feedback
    1. After all feedback is given, with the team work through it.
    2. Make sure that all feedback is addressed somehow and some way.
    3. Use the feedback to enhance the document and add on if needed.
  9. Create final document.
    1. Present final draft to stakeholders
    2. Publish for public access
  10. Make a follow up plan
    1. Technology changes about as fast as we can figure it out.
    2. Set up time for a follow up to keep document up to date and make changes if needed.
    3. Keep researching and/or following social media

Anderson, S. (2012). Social media guidelines. Edutopia. Retrieved from:

Anderson, S. (2012). How to create social media guidelines for your school. Edutpia. Retrieved from:

Nielson, Lisa.(2012)  Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy?  Look no further. Blog. Retrieved from

October 25, 2012

PLE Diagram and reflection

I did many different variations of the diagram before agreeing with this one.  As I put the different tools and communities into the different circles I realized just how much of my life is dedicated to school and work right now.  I was totally surprised.  I then realized that come May I will have to work hard to keep all my communities up and stay interactive after I finish school.

It has been a shock to see how much I was not “with it” and up on so many communities.  Many I had joined earlier, like Pinterest and Twitter, but had never really done anything with it.  Now I am seeing the real opportunities and collaborations that can make me a better teacher and collaborator.

As I have spent time looking through others I first noticed the ways in which we have shared our individual diagrams.  I have only found one other Venn Diagram so far.  Many others have been far more creative than myself which shows my lack of talent in that area or just the great talent of my fellow classmates.  We all share the same communities that is needed for this class, but from there it is very different.  I have noticed that those that those that teach in Higher Education have many more communities than those in Secondary or Elementary education.

This class, or more importantly this assignment, has made me realize just how much I have not been truly using the Internet and all its tools and resources to its ability.  It is like when you bite into a candy thinking that there is yummy goodness in the middle only to find out that the middle is actually hollow and the candy just had a thick shell.  But it also has allowed me to immerse myself into resources, tools, and communities that I might never thought of using/joining and broadening my network for the better.

October 8, 2012

Curation checklist

Partners: Darla Grant, Alyssa Rose, Andrea Ross, Christina Jorgensen

The above is our working session for our criteria.  We each went on and added our own information and notes to others if needed.  We then worked together to create our final project of the checklist.  We found that the information we had gathered fell into two categories.  The first was what curation was, the second was the assess checklist to determine good curation.  We decided to include both in our final as separate tables.  This will make for a good resource along with being out assessment tool for the next part of the module.  It was a pleasure to work with all these ladies.  We were able to use the chat box within the Google Document to effectively work together.  It was also crazy to see instant feedback and results as we created the final product right there together.  I am pleased with the final product and look forward to working with these ladies again in the future.  Below is the final product.

September 21, 2012: Tweetdeck

I found the following hash tags to follow on tweetdeck: #onlinelearning, #edtech, #mathchat, #techtools, #edmath.  Three new things: People are so willing to share cool new tech tools and sites they have found with others, not being a big app person I am starting to learn that there really is almost an app for everything, there is a whole world out there that I have never known about and immersing myself in it feels a bit overwhelming while at the same time so very cool.  Resources: from @ED_SHIFT, from @lefouque,  from @redorgreenpen, from @lambertn.

Using Twitter for PD would be wonderful.  You would no longer be limited to just the few people in your class and you would be able to get perspectives from all over.  It would also allow for more on your own time learning and rather quick feedback for everyone.  I have never used Twitter before this class and after just the past few weeks of using it and now completely utilizing tweetdeck I can see that Twitter is a wonderful tool for professional development.

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