As a former technology teacher and now leading Instructional Technology, I have had a lot of experience with web 2.0 tools. In fact, I would consider myself an early adopter in education with many of the tools we used in this course. I started using twitter in early 2007 and after establishing the right twitter handle, have been using that name since 2008. My first handle was @NedsKeeper, after my blog's name. Unfortunately, the only way to change my name at the time was to create a second account. I have been using @LeaAnne ever since. Although I don't post often, I read Twitter almost daily. I made an extra effort this semester to post during any professional development session or any project I was working on. My big celebration is that I am almost to 2,000 educational tweets.
My youtube account had its first video published five years ago. Although I have been using the site for the 12 years it has been around, I didn't make my account until I was in a position to need to publish regularly. Before that, I always published on my own server and sent links through that. That is funny to think about now. I don't even have or need a server for myself anymore. I loved creating new playlists during this course. Although I had done it before, I had never really established a value in that tool. Now I can clearly see the value and have made even more playlists than I had to for this course. The newest playlist is one I am building with all the videos the Discovery Educator Network has created by its members over the past ten years. There are so many out there and I will be adding them over the next month to make a huge bank of videos for others to watch.
One thing I loved learning about was the concept of aggregating websites. I saw that word on the syllabus at the beginning of the course and had never heard that word before in regards to technology. I loved the process of rethinking how we organize information. I love to organize. I had so much fun creating the page in protopage and making it pretty to look at. I love the appeal of pictures and inviting pages.
My favorite project though was the last one. I had the opportunity to relearn iTunes U and iBooks Author. The first is really an online course creator and the second, an aggregator of sorts. What a fun build. It took a lot of time and creation and I did get a little burnt out at the end of building it, but I was able to create something that my school can use for years to come. The course was all about Plagiarism and Research and it certainly was a worthwhile effort. What I learned though, is that there are other tools out there that can provide the same opportunities and you don't have to have an apple device to create and/or view them. I loved doing this, but will search for other, more effective tools in the future to accomplish the same tasks.
In all, this course was fun for me. I love learning. I loved playing with tools with a different set of goals in mind. I enjoyed learning new ways to use the tools and new things I could do to reach my students more effectively. I look forward to developing these learned skills moving forward.
A wife, mother, teacher, life-long learner and an avid runner.