The general goal of this class was to connect with others in new ways and we were provided numerous technological forums to do so. The main way that we reached out and connected with others in the course was through Zoom. Zoom was a brand new tool for me but I could immediately tell that it was like a high functioning version of FaceTime or Skype. I would definitely use Zoom again in the future. It is a great tool for video conferencing, something that FaceTime does not offer and Skype requires you to pay for. There was two main ways that I interacted with my classmates via Zoom, the first was by commenting throughout the lecture and the second was through my group presentation of the tool Seesaw. I especially liked the idea that you can comment during the lecture. Often times during my university career I found that profs got very annoyed with me for chatting during class but in ECMP355 it was almost encouraged that we subsides the learning with our own thoughts in the comment section. I only wish I would have taken a few screenshots of the comments I had made to post here. For more information on Seesaw check out Mackenzie’s awesome post about it here. Since she already made a great post about it I won’t go into much more detail.
I also contributed to others through my twitter account. I reached out to twitter only once for help with my learning project and after not getting any replies I gave up on that. https://twitter.com/AdamOpdahl/status/798280151196790787
I also tried to use my twitter account to bring some humour to my classmates as I believe that laughter is an invaluable tool for learning. https://twitter.com/AdamOpdahl/status/806372064282181633
Finally my most popular tweet was one that could easily be adapted into an entire teaching style as Abdul pointed out: https://twitter.com/AdamOpdahl/status/799015689256247296 I also went so far as to bring this into my personal life and shared it on my Facebook account with one of my former professors at the university.
In the Google Plus community I made one post that got exactly one like (by me) and no replies:I thought that it might be fun to get together and meet some of my class mates but unfortunately they did not feel the same way.
Finally this brings us to blogging, the backbone of this class. I contributed to a few blogs by referencing them in my own posts as well as commenting on them. The blogs that I referenced or commented on are:
I realize that this list should probably be longer but I am not typically one for posting comments and so I neglected this portion throughout the semester. I hope that the other ways I interacted with my classmates makes up for this.
I also contributed to learning outside of this course. Throughout this semester I was a volunteer at Emerald Ridge School in Emerald Park. I helped many students with math, art, reading and writing at least once a week. Additionally Mackenzie and I became friends and we contributed to each others learning over the semester, texting each other reminders and helping each other in our classes.