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With that said, there are a few things that I do expect you to complete for EDUC 530 (in addition to the To Do list I have maintained on this blog). In times of stress and cognitive dissonance–an environment a college semester might foster–I imagine a list might be helpful:
Original blog posts: at least 8 "tweetable" posts (could definitely be more!). These could be in response to something you read, discussed in class, discovered on Twitter/Tweetdeck, etc. If you are struggling for a topic, I have some great inspiring/thought provoking videos on YouTube (jheil65) and Pinterest. Seth Godin has also released a very interesting manifesto on education called Stop Stealing Dreams, which is available in multiple formats for free. It is organized in numbered blog-like reflections for easy discussion/reflection. I would also love some weekly reflections on your experience in the classroom. (As I mentioned in class a few weeks ago, you do not have to complete my work when the F2F ends. You are welcome to complete it during your student teaching.) When you complete a reflection, I would like you to tweet a link to Twitter with the hashtag #csusmedu
Education chats: I would like to see at least 2 reflections on educational chats in which you participated. These reflections should be thoughtful blog posts on the experience and your level of participation/interaction in them. The hashtag, topic of the chat, and date would be helpful.
Use of Diigo: I hope that you are beginning to see the value of having a place to save your bookmarks in a social space. It allows you to share and research easily. I would like to see a fair amount of tags on your Diigo tagroll.
(Another form of bookmarking can be your use of Pinterest, Scoop.it or another microblog/content curation site. I would love a link to your work on your blog and perhaps even a reflection or two on what you have curated, or pinned.)
Twitter: I would like to see you continue to use Twitter and our #csusmedu hashtag to connect with your peers and share ideas/reflections/questions/comments. As Dr. White said in his video, to understand Twitter, you must participate in it! This participation is not only a great way to spark your interest in maintaining a PLN, it is a great way to network with your peers and connect with other educators around the globe.
Comments: I think this is the hardest thing to do because it makes us the most vulnerable. If I truly offer you an opinion on your writing, I am exposing myself and my ideas to the world, which can be quite scary. I understand this. This is why I try to create multiple opportunities for you to respond to your peers in a "classroom" setting. Once you get in the habit of making public comments, you might be inspired to comment on a blog post from a stranger. . .Here is an example of a comment I left earlier in the semester on Education Rethink, a thought-provoking blog by a teacher (I think I left the first comment. . .even scarier for me). Commenting forces us to examine our beliefs and ideas before writing (well, at least it should), which fosters our growth and development as reflective educators. If you do comment on a blog outside of class, I would like you to tweet a link. . .or reflect on the commenting process on your blog.
Classroom Visit: After our visit to Oceanside, I would like a blog post reflecting on the experience. Use the following as a guideline:
How was technology integrated into the curriculum? Do you feel that it promoted student learning?
Is there anything you saw that makes this classroom/school unique?
What did you learn and how does it relate to the class theme?
Disrupting Class: I have a blog post that explains the expectations for the book.
Question: What advice would you give a peer who was struggling with his/her PLN? If you are struggling, your question is, What has been your greatest struggle in cultivating your PLN? Please leave a comment below.