A look back on Connecting

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I have been running a bit late and slow the past few days and have not written as much as I would have liked.  On the other hand I have been thinking and reading a considerable amount.  I don’t want to make this a long post on what I have learned as that would take forever (possibly) but I thought I would just mention a few things that I accomplished and have learned on ETMOOC though I often feel like the teddy bear back at the very beginning.1. I have begun to use Twitter more.  By that I mean that I am actually trying to contribute to the conversation rather than just be a lurker or a reader.  I have had some success with this but no that I need to keep working on it.  Twitter handle @heatherd1951.  I use Tweetdeck on my desktop and Hoot Suite on my iPad.

2. I have been commenting on more blogs and working hard to have a conversation – again with some success but it will come.

3. I have researched a number of curating tools – Rebel Mouse, Mentor Mob, Scoop-it and Diigo.  I haven’t decided yet which one I am going to use.  I am continuing to use Symbaloo but I need something with a bit more flexibility.

4. Google+ and Google Circles – this is a biggie as I have never really grasped what they should be used for.  I am beginning to understand as I have expanded with the ETMOOC group and then discovered other communities.  I decided to join the iPad Ed Community.  My first task was to ask about ideas for deployment of apps on a lot of iPad carts hoping that I would get some ideas or confirmation that we were on the right track.  I was amazed that within an hour I had 13 comments all with good suggestions and many with links that I was able to use.  I appreciated the willingness of everyone to share and be open.  I was also happy to find out that we were not the only ones that were struggling with the best way to handle so many iPads.  It was nice not to feel alone.  I was very pleased to be able to turn the suggestions over to the head of our Academic Tech area.

So I have made some connections – want to do more of that.  Learned a considerable amount – want to do more of that and don’t feel quite so overwhelmed as I begin to get more of a focus.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of Digital Storytelling.  I am ready to investigate, learn and hopefully contribute.

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