It is hard to believe that the semester is ending and that this is my final blog post. I can remember when this class first started and what my initial thoughts were. I remember doing my first blog post, commenting on classmates’ blogs, and tweeting the first week of this online course. I was somewhat overwhelmed since I had never taken an online class before. Although I was overwhelmed, I was also excited to learn more about writing blogs and learning digital tools to make me more digitally literate.
My first blog post is titled “How Independence Helped Me Grow Up”. When rereading this blog post now, you can tell that it was the very first time I had written a blog. The point of the post was to tell about my life as a learner using five key moments in my life. Looking back, this blog post could’ve been much longer than the required 400 word count. Even though I discussed everything I needed to to tell my story, it seems as if I did the bare minimum.
My next blog post is titled “Digital Literacy for Dummies”. This post was designed to teach my readers about what digital literacy is. I enjoyed writing this post because even though I was teaching others, I was learning about digital literacy myself. Before this class, I barely knew what digital literacy meant, so it was nice being able to do some research to get a better understanding on the topic.
The third blog post I wrote is titled “My Thoughts on ‘Hackschooling Makes Me Happy'”. This post was designed to teach readers about hackschooling based on the TedTalk by Logan LaPlante. This was one of my favorite posts because I really enjoyed LaPlante’s TedTalk. Another reason I enjoyed writing about this is because hackschooling is very interesting and can be used in almost anything you do.
My next blog post is titled “What I’d Like to Learn About”. This was my first independent-learning project post. My goal was to find ways to be an innovative teacher and switch it up a bit. I am tired of seeing teachers lecture the whole class period every day. When rereading this post I can feel the passion I have. I am excited to have a fun classroom when I become a teacher.
The next blog post I wrote is titled “Independent Learning Project: Making the Classroom Fun and Exciting”. I go further in depth about my future classroom in this post. I researched for hours to find ways to create this type of classroom. I found some articles that gave me some great ideas on how to do this. I noticed that this post is somewhat similar to the previous post. If I could go back and change this post, I’d probably be less redundant.
My next blog post is titled “Reflection on TedTalk: ‘How to Speak So That People Want to Listen'”. The TedTalk was so interesting, it made writing this blog post easy. The TedTalk really taught me a lot about how to use my words effectively. The video brings up points that I have never thought about before. The way you speak is so important, especially for teachers. Ever since writing this post, I always think about how to word things and how to use my speech effectively.
“Passion-Based Learning” is the title of my next blog post. This post was intended to educate my readers on what passion-based learning is. My writing on this post seems dull, like I didn’t want to write it. If I were to edit it, I would definitely make it more exciting and fun to read!
My next independent-learning project post is titled “ILP: Being a Fun Teacher”. My goal is to be a fun teacher while also being effective. I think the list of ideas to become a fun teacher that I provided are very insightful.
My next post is titled “My Personal Learning Network”. Prior to this blog post, I didn’t know what a personal learning network was. This blog post taught my readers what it is and why it is useful. When rereading this, you can tell that I am learning about personal learning networks while writing about them. I am glad that I am now developing my personal learning network. Having one is very important.
Another independent-learning project post was assigned next. It is titled “My ILP: Being the Cool Teacher”. My goal is to be a fun, effective teacher. I think to do that you need to be seen as the cool teacher. I used to always go to the cool teacher if I was confused or needed help. I want to be that type of role model for my students. I think it is important in becoming the best teacher I can be.
“Using Inquiry-Based Learning as a Teacher” is the title of my next blog post. Inquiry-based learning is something I had to research extensively to fully understand what it is. When rereading this, it is apparent that I wasn’t fully aware of what this type of learning is. My writing could’ve been better and more exciting.
My next post is titled “What is ds106?” I explain what this is in this post. After this post, I was required to do thirty straight days of daily creations on the ds106 website. These daily creates really enhanced my abilities with digital tools. I really enjoyed doing the daily create challenge.
On my next ILP post, I wrote about actually instilling creativity into the classroom. This was an exciting week of researching ways to get my students to become more creative. I have really progressed since my first ILP. You can tell I am getting more into my ILP at this point. My writing seems more lively and exciting than previous posts.
My next blog post was me reflecting on this class. It was nice to relax and be able to write about what I had learned so far in the class. It felt good to think about how far I have come in the digital world. At that point, I had definitely enhanced my digital literacy.
“Digital Citizenship” was my next post. Before writing this, I didn’t know what digital citizenship was. It was definitely helpful to learn the importance of this and why everyone needs to be careful online.
My next post, “Googling Myself” is one of my favorite blog posts. It was really cool to Google myself and see what was out there about myself. I was thankful to find mostly good things about myself.
“Digital Activism” is the post I wrote that I think everyone needs to read. We need more digital activists, it can truly change the world!
My ILP for week 10 is my favorite ILP post. The four effective ways to wow your students are extremely interesting. I even shared the four ways with one of my teachers at Chadron State College. All future teachers need to check out my blog post titled “My ILP: Week 10”.
My blog post “Digital Mindfulness” is about how to use the internet productively, rather than just when you’re bored. I think you can use the internet for both reasons. I don’t see how using the internet when you’re bored can cause harm.
When rereading my week 11 ILP on using technology in the classroom, I noticed that I was a little bored when discussing this topic. Compared to my other ILP posts, this one seems somewhat dull. I wish I would’ve found more excitement in this topic because using technology in the classroom is huge in becoming a great teacher.
“Podcasts and Digital Stories” is the title of my next post. I am thankful for this assignment because it introduced me to the podcast “Serial.” I still listen to this podcast a couple nights out of every week. Podcasts and Digital Stories are great to introduce to your classroom.
My post, “Exploring Piktochart”, isn’t the easiest to read. I was confused on Piktochart at the time. The website is a little frustrating to someone new to it. I seemed to have taken my frustration out on my writing.
My next blog post is my last post on my independent-learning project. Although it was very exciting to do an ILP, I was thankful to be done with it that week. My ILP goal was to find ways to be a creative and fun teacher. I got to the point where I had done almost everything I could do learn about this. It was the appropriate time for us to be done with our ILP’s.
My next post titled “Learning is a Journey”, was a fun blog post. It was cool to come up with my own metaphor on my learning and expand on it.
My next post is titled “Innovation and Unlearning”. I was assigned to read a couple articles on the subject. I found these two articles very interesting and I think you can tell that I liked them based on my writing. It seems that when writing this post, I was excited and grateful to learn about these two concepts.
My final blog post titled “9 Elephants”, is about things that happen in a classroom that should frustrate every teacher. The article that I was required to read is one that all teachers should read. It opened my eyes to these nine elephants and gave me ideas on how to deal with them.
During this class, I have had to write many blog posts on a variety of topics. From my first post to my last, there is a big difference. Throughout the semester, I developed both my writing and my digital fluency. You can tell through my writing that I gained a better understanding of different digital tools and terms. Without this class, I would lack the basic technological tools and knowledge to become a great teacher in the 21st century.