This is my last post of the semester and I must say, I think i have come a long way. Not only have I learnt a lot from my Professor as well as my classmates, but I think that my communication skills and self confidence have grown as well. I have found a community of pre-teachers and teachers that I can share and communicate with, and that has made this class amazing. Rather than what I gained from this class however, this post is supposed to be about how I have contributed to my fellow EDTC 300 classmates learning.
I am a quiet and shy person, anyone who has met me will tell you the same, so when I joined this online class, and still had to interact with new people I was fairly nervous. This meant that I didn’t always contribute to the big group chats, instead I found myself observing, learning and nodding my head in agreement a lot.
To compensate for my occasional silences in the large group, I worked hard in three other areas. The first was the breakout rooms, these are smaller groups for myself and my classmates to talk in, to give us all a chance to speak. I tried to be more talkative in these than the large group chats, and I think I improved throughout the semester. I like to think what I had to say within these groups was insightful and contributed to my classmates’ learning.
The second area I contributed in was commenting on my classmates blog posts, the same as they did mine. I tried to be insightful and supportive and not just give generic questions to get the marks I wanted. I found that when people were helpful and kind in their responses to my blog, it helped boost my confidence and made me feel really good about the work I had done. I wanted to do the same for other people, in order to help them better succeed.
My third contribution to this class was my twitter presence. Before this class I never used twitter, as I don’t like sharing on social media. It makes me anxious and I always went with the theory that, “if i want someone to know what I think about something, I can always talk to them about it.” This class taught me that twitter is a valuable tool for sharing information as well as surveying large groups. I helped contribute to my classmates’ learning by participating in some fellow EDTC 300 classmates’ polls and I even joined in an education based twitter chat! I tried to tweet interesting and helpful articles pertaining to our in-class subject matter as well as education related topics as a whole. Some classmates found the resources I shared interesting or helpful and even commented on and retweeted a few of them! To me this is validation that I contributed to their learning and that I was able to help my fellow classmates in some way.