Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

Blogging is an important part of how I learn. The process of sharing information in posts helps me reflect deeper, document information I want to refer back to and provide a mechanism for others to provide input into aspects I hadn’t considered.

The purpose of this post is to reflect on my veggie patch progress. While the topic mightn’t necessarily be of interest — you might find it helpful to observe how someone like me uses blogging for learning and why it is important to encourage students to not only blog for school but allow them to blog about their passions.

It’s also important to blog about what you’re passionate about , and what interests you.

Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together

Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together

Through digital curation we collect, manage and collate the best, most relevant content, on a specific topic or theme, for ourselves and share with others. Using tools like Scoop.it, Pinterest, Diigo and Livebinders educators collect the best resources to put them into context with organisation, annotation and presentation.

This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared during my presentation for the 2013 Reform Symposium e-Conference on digital curation.

Commenting Counts (or does it?)

Commenting Counts (or does it?)

We’ve worked hard emphasizing that reading other people’s posts and commenting on posts are both a very important part of the learning process as a blogger. But what I do know is some have reflected they feel that commenting feels like a burden or that once you’ve made a comment it often goes no further.

What are your thoughts? Do comments count?

Advanced Blogging: You asked for it!

Advanced Blogging: You asked for it!

I was asked to facilitate a series of blogging sessions the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (ETMOOC).  You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and ETMOOC here. This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared in the advanced blogging session. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Introduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy George (see supporting materials here). Introduction to Blogging (Director Cut) – repeat Jan……

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Staying Sane: Letting Go To Learn More!

Staying Sane: Letting Go To Learn More!

A common challenge with connected learning is you want to learn it all NOW! But some times it is better to remember: I’m keen to see ETMOOC participants celebrating their learning and achievements in March like this: Rather give up feeling overwhelmed like this: Remember you don’t need to follow every link, think about every conversation. Thinks about what you want to learn and focus your time on this.  Sometimes quality is better than quantity. Prioritizing your Learning Below is a visualization of my work flow to……

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Work smarter and stay connected in a learning community

Work smarter and stay connected in a learning community

A key skill working online is working out strategies that save you time. It’s all about: Working smarter not harder. Saving time while maximizing outcome. Learning to focus on what you want to learn – you don’t need to follow every link, think about every conversation.  Learn to let go! And when you’re participating in a connectivist MOOC like ETMOOC where over 1,500 participants are interacting through their blogs,  Google+ community, through the ETMOOC Twitter hashtag and a wide range of tools working out strategies to work smarter……

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Learning through blogging as part of a connectivist MOOC

Learning through blogging as part of a connectivist MOOC

I was asked to facilitate sessions on blogging for the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (#ETMOOC).  You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and #ETMOOC here. I’ve written this post to help participants better understand the ideas I discussed in my session and to make it easier to access the resources I recommend. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Introduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy George……

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An Aussie’s adventure in USA Part II: New York and Niagara Falls

An Aussie’s adventure in USA Part II: New York and Niagara Falls

As promised here’s the summary of our adventures in New York and Niagara Falls for those who have been following our Journey on Twitter and Instagram. As mentioned in my previous post: Connecting with other educators on Twitter has enhanced the experience.  My twitter network have helped recommend places to check out and it has been invaluable for connecting face-to-face with other educators in the different cities we’ve visited.  You’ll find my guide to using Twitter here. Instagram has been a great……

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An Aussie’s adventure in USA Part I: ISTE, Washington DC, Travel Tips and Understanding all things USA

An Aussie’s adventure in USA Part I: ISTE, Washington DC, Travel Tips and Understanding all things USA

Those that follow me on Twitter are aware that I’m currently traveling around USA introducing my 13 year old son to the wonders of America after attending ISTE. We’ve been learning a lot, and it’s really hard to explain everything in 140 characters,  so I’ve decided to share everything in more detail here. Apologies for the long post but I’ve tried to include a bit for everyone from travel tips for Aussies. ISTE to what we’ve been doing.   Feel……

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