You can find more materials and references online if you follow the link Making connections which is starting point for the ideas and reflections I am sharing in this post.
Here is the picture that summarizes the ways we can learn about ideas and how online groups and communities can help us develop.
Image credit : edublogs teacherchallenge.edublogs.org
Today educators can learn together and support each other.
Since the age of social network started we have had the development of many online communities. Educators have used social media and modern web tools for connecting and learning together.
I remember the first Moocs which I did about five years ago. It was something new to me but I learnt a lot as I was guided into a community of learners and people were living all over the world.
I was asked to do some simple things:
- starting to write a blog for sharing my new learning experiences
- sharing ideas in some social networks like Twitter and FB
- using images and modern tools for summarizing what I had learnt online
- following webinars online on YouTube and commenting what had been discussed online
- writing a learning diary
- becoming a part of a community like Google+ or groups in FB
- starting collaborating online while using virtual boards
- sharing documents and also publishing something online for sharing what we had learnt
Facebook is not the social network which I prefer but most people I know have been on FB for years.
My favourite social network is Twitter: I remember when I first learnt about it as I was doing a webinar online and I had started following a community of educators who wanted to share about new ways of working and experiencing education. They taught me how to use Twitter , it was in 2014 and I continued working on line and sharing ideas, posting links and learning while using hashtags.
Thanks to many educators I have met new connected educators like me: it is my world and where I find ideas about topics for my lessons and also for Learning about new events online:
This is the great webinar I could see online dealing with Twitter: I became a connected educator thanks to Alice Keeler!
It was Classroom 2.0 Live that helped me to learn about this wonderful tool.
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I had to learn more and then I continued my CPD by doing a Mooc with Coursera- https://www.coursera.org/ about Web 2.0 Tools and later about Digital Storytelling. I had to realize that I was not tech-savvy and I needed to improve my ICT and Digital Skills.
If you want to be a connected educator you need to know not only the people who are sharing ideas , you need to work on your favourite sources of information and ideas. I have found tips for collecting my favourite bookmarks and for example I like sharing what I like by using My Pearltrees or
My bookmarks on Pinterest
Here are some boards which I have collected online thanks to Pinterest:
Sharing implies that you are part of a network and follow educators online . I am a follower of some boards on Pinterest and also I like following some educators on Pearltrees.
I also like Slideshare and follow some educators who publish their slides and resources online : Shelly Terrell is my favourite one as I have followed her webinars on Fridays. She stopped them in August but she shared a lot of her ideas in her slides : Shelly Terrell. They are worth checking!!
Blogging and Blogs and WebsitesI have bookmarked a lot of blogs and I regularly receive some updates from them:when I meet interesting speakers I usually bookmark them by using Pocket.
Some websites which I like are the ones shared online by many educators
I have also started sharing ideas in my blogs: once you are connected you will start sharing ideas.I love also making presentations and I have worked on some websites to present my ideas or what I have learnt online. My online course about teaching and teachers is in my blog: I worked online under the supervision of Shelly Terrell and a good team of educators who made me feel engaged!!Blog about the course The goalminded teacher 2018
My website about a European Mooc on Europeana which I took in 2018:Europeana Mooc course 2018
My website about creating ebooks which I curated in 2018: I shared what I had learnt while working on a course online and while doing some interesting webinars dealing with ebooks.Creating and reading ebooks my website
Connecting is crucial when you start but once you have become a member of a community or many communities you like sharing and becoming more active. This is often done in your free time but you cannot but continue doing it. You start working in a different way and work together with similar goal-minded teachers.