The ‘end’ of the first course has me swimming for sure and I am “messing around” a lot more (btw being a early years teacher I love that terminology). The learning curve is very steep indeed but I can not believe how far I am getting and how quickly. Yes it has meant some late nights as I have gotten lost in the maze of blogs, articles, websites and writing notes to myself. Yes it has meant that some of my other interests have taken a back seat for the time being. Yes it has meant that I am a lot more ‘connected’ than I was before and my digital footprint is getting bigger as is my digital shadow by engaging in activities such as attending the virtual sessions of the presentations at EARCOS and paying for this course by PayPal
Yet I feel that the connections I am building are so much more powerful. Facebook (even with all its benefits) is on the back bench for a while as I put in place a system to actually follow that RSS feed we set up in the last course (my networked learning space), as I explore and create with WordPress ( I am starting to feel quite good about how this blog is starting to look (my digital identity) and I have that sense of excitement that comes from reflecting, creating and sharing that I think is going to help me “own the technologies” (Will Richardson http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov08/vol66/num03/Footprints-in-the-Digital-Age.aspx) that I need to be using to teach the digital citizens in my classrooms.
Looking forward to part 2 of this journey.