I feel that being a connected educator depends so much on what you make of it. For myself, I know that I am often the one that lurks and enjoys reading others’ posts, but often not writing my own. By taking this course, Get connected! Engaging in Authentic Global Learning Experiences, I have found that I am being pushed out of my comfort zone.
I had to create my own personal blog, which I have never had before. I have always had my own class blog that I used but never a personal one. I also never used Twitter before and with this course, I had to create my own account. I feel nervous to use Twitter, but I can definitely see how it connects educators all around the world. Once I become a bit more comfortable with how it all works, I will definitely post my own tweets to show the learning that is taking place in my own classroom.
I think in order to be a connected educator, one must make the time in order to use platforms like Twitter, google Docs, blogging and Skype. This could be seen as a challenge as sometimes it can be hard to adapt to change and to new things to use. I know for myself, I didn’t think I would like having a Twitter account, but so far I am hooked! I think once you start implementing those platforms frequently in your routine, it’ll become second nature.
My own personal goal is to keep up with Twitter as I was able to see how useful it can be with connecting with other educators and for getting different ideas to use in my own classroom.