What does being a connected educator mean to you? Alec Couros talk at the end of the semester really helped sum up what being connected means to me. Being connected means:
1. Being vulnerable
2. Putting yourself out there professionally and personally
3. Leaving a positive digital footprint (digital citizenship)
The part about being connected which scares me the most is being vulnerable. The ECI831 has helped ease some of the vulnerability through a positive on-line learning experience. I am no longer afraid to state my opinion, share my learning experience, and ask questions.
As I start the planning process to return to work, I will definitely be thinking about teaching digital citizenship to my 5/6’s. I want them to know how to be a positive role model for other human beings. I want to let the world into my classroom a little bit more than I have in the past. I want my students to become better writers and blogging will allow that to become a reality as the more I read and write the better I become. It also helps to have people comment. I want my students to have a voice in the online world. I want them to be heard and know they can do more than just play games and watch youtube videos. I have a lot of thinking and reorganizing of my unit plans, so I can start the process of being a sideways classroom. How does being a connected educator help you in your classroom?