Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog Assignment Week 10

Morgan Bayda's Blog Post

Wow! I was initially very surprised at how well I could relate to nearly everything Morgan Bayda wrote in her post. She stated that she struggles to keep awake during lectures while the professors just recaps the readings she didn't do because there's simply not enough time and many of them were not relevant. She also mentioned that in her small class, while she was encourage to speak about the topic at hand to her professor during discussion, she was never encouraged to speak individually to her classmates about the topic. I honestly can't relate to that; In my honors classes and seminars, there may only be 15 people enrolled in the class. This allows for a great class discussion, and many times half of the class time is spent debating an issue back and forth (with peers). I'm also taking a Lifespan Development course this spring, and though there are 70+ people in the class, we are still able to debate and discuss with our fellow classmates about the topic at hand, and our professor even encourages this.

Morgan also mentioned how blogging and using twitter to collaborate with her peers was actually a relevant form of learning for her. I think this is what Dr. Strange has been trying to explain to us throughout this course; You can learn A LOT from people who are doing/going through the same things you are. You just have to be willing to look for people on twitter, build your PLN (personal learning network), and keep an open mind. Bayda also mentioned how she posted on twitter about her frustration in finding affordable and safe volunteering opportunities, and in less that twenty four hours, she was provided a link by TEFLScotland that included a list of several great volunteer opportunities. She stated that she "can now make a difference without going broke." This is a very good example of how building out PLNs will benefit us in the future. Not only will we be able to gain knowledge from others, but eventually we'll be the ones sharing this knowledge.

"An Open Letter to Educators" by Morgan Bayda

Comments 4 Kids

Dear 2km,

My name is Jessica Eaton, and I'm a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I really enjoyed watching the dance, and it looked like all of you were really having fun. Keep up the great work and keep having fun!!

Jessica Eaton

The above was comment on the blog of Leopold Primary School. In the post, the teacher wrote about how some of the students were involved in a school assembly. Some of the little girls performed a dance that was very cute! I hope the school continues to keep the little kids involved.

2KM @ Leopold Primary School!

1 comment:

  1. Jessica,

    This is a great post! It's cool that social networks are becoming a learning tool and are great additions to the PLN.