Exploring Connections to Making Connections
When asked to give a title for my blog at the start of Coetail, I chose ‘Exploring Connections’.
This is my last post in the course, and it seems appropriate to entitle it ‘Making Connections’. I have moved from simply exploring the connections available on the web to having made connections.
We recently had a fire drill at school, and it unleashed an avalanche of What if…? questions. As the What ifs…? became increasingly imaginative, we encouraged the children to write What if…? stories. By turning their fears into stories to be shared with others, we created a platform for discussing if the What if…? was likely to happen. It helped them understand that if a fire occurred in school we had systems in place to help keep them safe, but that many of their What if…? stories ventured away from the realm of reality.
I had the same feeling of What if..? when I first had to post Coetail blogs. What if I wrote something stupid? What if…. ‘
A funny thing happened when I posted my first post, and the next, and the next….No fireworks, no plunging into the world of virals. Simply nothing! Sometimes a comment would come in response, a helpful, constructive comment.
Here’s one from Joel Bevans near the beginning of my Coetail journey:
I had the same feeling of What if…? when Coetail expected me to connect with other unknown people on the internet.
What if they weren’t who they said they were?
I took the plunge.
I wrote blogs, and stopped expecting the world to collapse or explode because of them.
I connected with people.
Freddy the Teddy
My first steps at collaboration came via Freddy the Teddy. Freddy’s progress was recorded on blog and Twitter.
— Joy Walker (@JoyJwalker) November 19, 2015
Twitter has also been a great way to share ideas within a professional community. Here’s an example:
— Jocelyn Sutherland (@JKSuth) May 29, 2016
I’ve also used Twitter to share interesting articles in general.
Are our teaching strategies effective?
— Joy Walker (@JoyJwalker) June 10, 2016
Final Project – e-portfolios
Here’s another comment from Joel Bevans nearly a year on from the comment above, suggesting that our classes work together by writing comments on each other’s blogs. I hope that we can build on this at a later date. In the meantime, Joel has joined a collaborative Flipboard magazine on e-portfolios.
Online 5 connections
To consolidate some of the Coetail Online 5 connections that I’ve made over the past year, I decided to join Megan Kuemmerlin’s Global Book Club. This is also another big step – joining in a live hangout on air. I feel I’ve left that suit of armour I talked about in Course 2 way behind!
With some trepidation I joined in the first discussion.
We’re going to use Twitter as continue the discussions between meetings. Here are our next questions:
You can follow the conversation at #SlowGBCreatingInnovators.
I created a visual in Unit two based on Connectivism. By being connected with Coetail and Coetailers, I’ve connected into a network of knowledge and learning. It’s an ongoing journey in a world of rapid change. I notice that already there is a new Unit One project on e-portfolios by Ken Fernandez, the subject I looked at for my Course 5 final project. In the next years there will be many new ideas that I’m sure will be explored on Coetail. I’ll keep popping back to make sure I stay connected!
Oh, and there’s that matter of continuing to contribute too. I’m sure I’ll be back blogging again some time soon! In the meantime, check out ISZL Eagle Times, where I’ll be supporting Grade 3-5 blogging at our newspaper club.
With thanks to the ISZL community for all the support given during my Coetail work.