PhotoCC- By Kevin Dooley
What an information packed class! I had no idea what to expect, but I would say that I thought it would be more focused on literature in a digital form (e-books) and more like previous English classes I have taken. I was definitely wrong in my assumption and though I was wrong, I was not disappointed in my findings. However, I have had to get use to the idea of blogging and tweeting for my assignments, which is something that I had never done before.
Let’s talk about blogging. I can’t say that it is my most favorite thing to do, but it’s not the worst thing either. It does make me nervous that my writing is out there posted for the world to see, because I don’t feel extremely confident in my writing skills. I also don’t like that I don’t receive feedback about my writing from the teacher, because I am not sure what needs to be improved. As stated earlier, I have never blogged before, so I don’t really know what I am doing, even though it does seem easy enough. I do like being able to read my classmates thoughts and findings because everyone has a different perspective on each topic. I have also liked reading the other blogs that I have followed, there really is an immense amount of information out there!
Now, on to tweeting. I also have mixed emotions about Twitter. I like the fact that tweeting makes you get straight to the point, you don’t have the opportunity to fluff your writing, it makes it easier to read and understand. It seems that a lot of the class says close to the same things whether they agree or disagree on the topic. I don’t feel like there is much thought variation. I’m just not sure how to feel, I am not sure I am gaining a lot from tweeting, but I am glad that I have had the opportunity to learn how to use it and utilize it.
I would say that I had a difficult time with the PLN project. I struggled with finding and following 100 new sources that were actually valid and full of insight. I also feel like I am going to struggle with keeping up with my 3o day daily create challenge. There is some technology that is going to be used that I am not very familiar with. I also get stumped with being creative, so it will be challenging. With that being said, I feel that this challenge will be the most interesting module along with being the most rewarding. I hope that I can achieve some educational growth and confidence with the new technology used as well.
I hope that for the second half of the semester I can learn more about using technology in the classroom and how to use it as an effective learning/ teaching tool and not a crutch.