Last year I learned, collaborated and played with people from around the world because last January I joined ETMOOC, an Educational Technology and Media Massive Open Online Course. I had participated in online courses before, but I had never participated in something of this scale without knowing at least other participant; and by the time I convinced myself to take the risk and join, it had already started.…
As the calendar turns from 2013 to 2014 I find myself looking back over all that has happened in the last twelve months. The year has been filled with great experiences. Because I am not teaching in the classroom I don’t have to plan lessons and correct so I have much more time in the evenings and on weekends.…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Hopefully, this post is the first of many in the coming year. After all, that is going to be one of my goals for 2014–write every day.
Professional Highlights of 2013
2013 was a year of change and growth, learning and stretching. After taking the 2012-2013 school year off to complete my dissertation, which was completed in December of 2012, I found myself ready to take on another challenge. I was extremely fortunate to be able to participate in Education Technology & Media MOOC. #etmooc was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life, and it continues to be so. Under the direction of the amazing Alec Couros, not only was the content timely and the many expert presenters incredibly engaging, the opportunities to participate synchronously and/or asynchronously was key for me. Archived presentations along with the backchannel chat made it feel as if I was actually participating in real time, I was also able to go back and check out the archive, even if I participated LIVE. The Twitter chats and archived Twitter chats also provided opportunities to feel part of the experience. In addition, some of the suggested activities took more time than others or I chose to explore more of the activities. The flexibility and encouragement to share my learning with others opened my eyes to what connected learning can be. I know it is not for everyone, but this type of learning is certainly for me. I was obviously not alone because I met many other educators who obviously felt the same way. In fact, to celebrate the 1-year Anniversary of #etmooc, a GHO and Twitter chat have been planned, and I plan on attending both.…
Hard to believe that 2013, a year of incredible growth for me, is in it’s last days. I’ve learnt so much, connected with some tremendous people through various MOOCs, starting with MOOCMOOC and ETMOOC, participated in Open Spokes and DS106…, brushed by people in passing and truly bonded with others. Continue reading →
This month, I’ve asked a few questions on Twitter — used hashtags and asked PLN. I really needed more than a few responses, and I know the Twitter PLN is an awesome place for answers. I’m wondering if we need an Education Query hashtag: #edquery