EdTech Course Community & PLN Contributions

EdTech Course Community & PLN Contributions (30%)

  • Addresses all ISTE NETS*T Outcomes and all UVic TEP Outcomes

Your blog and other social media will play an important role in the learning for this course, and will act as a communication tool between you and your instructor, as well as other course participants from your own or other sections of EDCI 336, UVic Education, and the open learning community.

Blog Writing: After each class, you are expected to read/review the articles/resources/websites provided by your instructor, guests, and student facilitators (via blog posts, our course twitter hashtags, and class activities), and you are asked to curate these resources on your blog and reflect on them to compose a well-reasoned blog post response to the weekly topics. Blog prompts or blogging time will be provided within some classes this term to assist, but care after class should be taken to ensure posts demonstrate critical reflection on the innovations or technologies discussed with attention paid to the how they impact philosophical, cultural, and pedagogical stances as well as their practice. Text-based posts are acceptable, but learners are also encouraged to employ multimedia strategies for reflection (e.g., podcasts, vlogs, or other formats). Posts should utilize social writing strategies such as hyperlinks to blog posts (e.g., trackbacks) or to articles/resources consulted, images, embedded media, social sharing (e.g., Twitter), evidence of reading/integrating the posts/thoughts of others, and/or soliciting feedback from prospective readers.

Twitter Engagement: Learners will be invited to develop and maintain a professional Twitter account for this course to begin to establish connections to other professionals in the field of education in order to expand their personal learning networks. A learner’s Twitter account should show evidence of:

  • a professional photo and biography (within scope of one’s privacy preferences)
  • evidence of course-related reading and resource sharing
  • evidence of networking and engagement with other educators and content experts
  • a link to your professional blog once ready

Responding: Learners should also be regularly reading and commenting on classmates’ blogs and Twitter posts. Using tools such as Feedly to follow blogs and Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to follow accounts on Twitter, this is easy. You are expected to follow peer blogs and responses (“comments”) should be posted to students’ individual blog posts for any of the three assignments.

Leadership: One of the competencies in this course is leadership. You are encouraged to create a resource for your peers to support the community or in building their personalized learning network. It might be simply creating a Twitter list of kindergarten teachers or of secondary mathematics teachers, a blog post curating outstanding classroom websites, a blog post curating inclusive education leaders blogs or resources, a Twitter list of admin, teachers, and staff from a particular district, a screencapture “how-to” tutorial of something that you know would be helpful for your peers, hosting a single #yyjedchat edcamp session on a topic you know is important to preservice teachers, etc. Create something simple to help the community.

Assessment of this assignment will be based primarily on the quality of a learner’s weekly responses as well as on evidence of students’ engagement with others in the class on individual blogs and Twitter (within the scope of their privacy preferences). Where possible, students are also encouraged to assist each other by answering questions in the course community. At the end of the course you will be asked to identify three classmates who have made the most significant contributions to your learning. The category “edtech” on your blog will be used for this assignment.

Criteria for completion requires incorporation of all of the required educational and technology competencies in either this assignment or Assignment 1 or 3.