Learning by helping others learn

Throughout my EDTC300 class this spring I have tried to be a good model of a digital citizen and thereby help others be more conscious of their own. As well as, helping my classmates learn and get as much out of this class as they could, and if there was time left over I hoped to build my own PLN too! My main avenues of communicating through this class were Twitter and WordPress blogs. I followed several of my classmate’s blogs and Twitter handles as well, I tried to keep up with the class hashtag #EDTC300.

A great deal of what I shared were topics or ideas that were of interest to me and what I thought my classmates would find interesting. At times trying to engage others in my posts. The below is an example of one such time:

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I have heard of this type of activity being done in many different classrooms, schools, and ages. With the digital age, it may be easier to email the letters out rather than using the standard post, however, by asking a question I was engaging others and encouraging them to be present on social media and engage in a conversation.

Although only 4 months I would really like to try this idea out during my internship, perhaps the students could write a goal they have for themselves, or what they hope to be doing or feeling by the Winter break… I still have time to develop this idea, but I might re-tweet this post and ask this question to further engage past the requirements of this course.

I received some likes as well as some great interaction, feedback and stories from Crystal and Cody. It was appreciated to see someone engaging from my class, as well as hearing her story of how it had felt as a student doing this activity!

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When reading my classmate’s blogs I tried to read it carefully, rather than simply scanning it. After which I wanted to give them a good and thoughtful comment rather than simply a “good job” or “awesome” or something like these. I feel as though this shows that their thoughts are being considered and appreciated, I know I want to know the same when I blog.

I also try to give some kind of feedback of how to further improve, work on or learn more about their learning project or idea that they were blogging about. My initial reason is: if we are not trying to help each other improve and grow then the only reason for commenting is to either shame or blindly stroke each other’s ego.

Below are examples of comments I left on learning project posts from Laura, Anthea, Lauren, and Amanda.

I could see that Laura was really doing well with her learning project and had found an excellent resource in Allrecipes, so I thought I would give her another source to widen her experience with online learning.

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In Anthea’s post she had talked about a problem she had been having, she had to keep stopping her practice to go back in the video to re-do a movement. I had discovered that you could change the speed on certain videos in my evaluation class while watching Alfie Kohn speak at the 2014 Regina Teacher’s convention, a wonderful speaker! But a bit of a slow talker.

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Similar to Laura, Lauren was on a great run with her learning project. I was really impressed with how her blog looked, she had made it easy to follow, read and enjoy. I wanted to give her some further inspiration with her baking so I suggested some Netflix shows (Nailed it and Zumbo’s Just Desserts) for her further build her knowledge, and confidence, as well as, possibly try something new, even create a new dessert of her own!

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I really enjoyed Amanda’s writing style and wanted to let her know that it had been noticed, you never want to lose such great wit! After being told by Audrey in our ESCI 302 class that we had to always have our links open in a new tab in I have been well trained, my meta-reflections post is an excellent example :). Upon clicking a link and losing my current window I realized having it open in a new tab is actually really useful as well as making it easier for your reader. If your blog is not easy to navigate or annoying the reader is less likely to continue or even come back! So I wanted to make sure that readers would come back again, and again!

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These are just a few of the highlights, there are many, many more that I wanted to include, but I didn’t want to make this post too long or stroke my ego too much, haha! I really tried to help my fellow classmates learn, understand and engage with the content to get the most of edtech and this class.

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  1. Hey Andrea!
    I just wanted to let you know that I feel you have done an amazing job at contributing to my learning, as well as others! You were very active and I appreciated your tweets, comments on my blog, and willingness to help out throughout the semester!

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  2. Hi Andrea,you have shown great collaboration both in class and online throughout out class! This blog post really exemplifies all that you did! Awesome work!

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