ECMP 355 Summary of Learning

5 Dec

Here is my final reflection I created for ECMP 355.

 

I used Camtasia Studios 7 to create my final reflection, and found it really easy to use and navigate. It took me longer to write up my reflection and figure out what I was going to say, than to actually create my screencast. I loved that I could record, and then it would play back instantly for me when I was done, and then give me the option to save that clip, or delete it. Once in Camtasia, I could just drag my clips into the timeline, and then add any effects to the clips I wanted, like zooming in or callouts (which are arrows, or circles to draw attention to certain things on the screen). I find iMovie and Windows Movie Maker to be frustrating at times, but Camtasia was a breeze! I would definitely recommened it for anyone creating screencasts. I just downloaded a free 30-day trial, but I would definitely consider purchasing it if I frequently created screencasts.

I definitely enjoyed taking ECMP 355, and have learned a lot in the process. I hope to continue learning and growing with technology in education, and I hope I can share my passion with others through this reflection. Thanks Alec, and everyone in my PLN for all the support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am without all of you!

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5 Responses to “ECMP 355 Summary of Learning”

  1. David Truss December 6, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Congratulations,
    You created a great story that is worth paying attention to… yes it is hard to ‘get it’ but once you do… there is no going back! (I shared that idea a while ago on my blog: http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/you-cant-go-back-now/ )
    But the crux of it all… our students live, or want to live, in this *new* world and it isn’t fair to hold them back.
    Your future students will be lucky to have you teach them. Thanks for joining my PLN & for sharing this with us!

  2. Katie Rosenkranz December 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    I want to thank you David, for being one of the first to encourage me and get me going with all this. When I first started to try out Twitter seriously, I wrote a blog post called Tweeting Teachers, discussing my new found interest in Twitter, and calling out to want to be connected to more educators. At this time I was following less than 100 people, and had 25 followers.

    I was starting to see the possibilities, but didn’t know how to reach my full potential and get the most out of Twitter. You were one of the first people to comment on this post, and one of the things you said was “Tweet interesting things, converse with people, join a few chats like #edchat and you’ll get a nice following soon enough!” This was what I started with, and within a few days, I couldn’t believe the response I was getting. My phone was going off like crazy with emails from Twitter…and every single one of them made me smile, and my whole perspective changed. I honestly cannot believe how much I have grown as a person and educator since becoming involved in Twitter, and feel like I have so much more to look forward to in my career.

    I also want to thank you for believing and encouraging me to NOT give up on Twitter. Tweeting out my username and blog to your Twitter followers and saying “I don’t tend to recommend Twitter to newbies (to technology) because of the very thing you’ve noticed, it takes work to build your following and most don’t see it through, (like I think you will:-” Something as simple as this, gave me so much hope, made me smile, and pushed me to immerse myself in growing my PLN. You were a huge game changer for me, and I can’t say enough great things about this new game I’m in.

  3. Elaan December 7, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    How inspiring! So the question I ask myself is, how do I get more people (on my staff) on board with Twitter? It surely is overwhelming and seemingly pointless and it takes time and can be frustrating. Telling wisened teachers to “just jump in” and spend a bunch of time with little return (at first) just doesn’t convince. I need to think of a new strategy! Would love to hear your ideas!

    Thanks for getting me back on this train of thought! Your video is very inspiring. 🙂

  4. Katie Rosenkranz December 7, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    The thing I find with Twitter, is that most people don’t understand the point of it, and don’t exactly know where to start. When it doesn’t produce immediate results, we tend to just give up, without really giving it a chance. Building a PLN on Twitter, isn’t easy, and it isn’t fast. It takes time, and energy. If you want to reap the benefits of connecting and resource sharing on Twitter, you have to not only take, but give. I think this is one of the huge barriers in getting people on board, because when they hear “it takes time” and “its not easy” that disinterests and disengages people before they even get a chance to hear about its amazing professional development opportunities.

    Maybe you could try sending out a tweet during your next staff meeting–asking people to say hi to your staff/respond to some sort of simple question or idea that you and your staff may currently be talking about. This will give your staff the chance to see the immediate responses you may get, (and also if you follow up on this the later responses) and a perspective of how many educators you are connected to.

    Also, if one of your staff who are not on Twitter comes to you with a question or looking for a resource, tweet it out, and share the responses you get back from the tweet with that staff member, making sure to credit Twitter for the possible suggestions. I know this got me interested in Twitter, when my one of my friends kept finding all these cool resources on Twitter.

    For those staff that take the Twitter plunge, ENCOURAGE them every step of the way, especially starting out. It can be intimidating trying to figure out what all the # signs mean, and RT’s, so maybe take a few minutes to suggest ways to use these effectively to see better results and make more connections. Encouragement through things like tweeting me out and RT’ing some of my posts from my prof Alec, as well as others like David that I connected to when beginning to form my PLN, really helped me stick it out and keep going.

    • David Truss December 7, 2010 at 11:40 am #

      Some simple advice to set yourself up for success – BEFORE you start following people:

      1. Add a (tasteful) image
      2. Put something in your bio that says you are an educator
      3. Add a link. Don’t have a blog, use your district/school website
      4. Actually tweet a few times. Find a resource or two and share them.
      5. Before following other people, add a tweet saying, “I’m an educator from [Country/City/State/choose 1] trying to get started on twitter.”

      Do that and you’ll get WAY more follow-backs than if you follow someone with no details and a rookie egg image that Twitter gives you.

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