Before I get into my survival kit, I thought I would share a little background… I am currently in my first year as Teacher-Librarian this year at Sacred Heart Community School. I am really enjoying the challenges and new experiences I am gaining with a new position and being able to be an educational leader within my school. Prior to that I’ve taught grades 3-6 (in a variety of variations) with Regina Catholic and Calgary Catholic schools. I am lifelong learner and began my graduate studies in January of 2015. I am currently taking class 4 & 5 in my course route.
I also have a passion for health and wellness. I enjoy running, biking, and being active. Additionally, I have been a group fitness instructor since 2006 and currently teach and manage the fitness classes at Anytime Fitness. I am hoping to use this passion to guide my major project… stay tuned for more details.
I am thrilled to be taking EC&I 831 this semester. Carla and Amy have expressed many of the same feelings as me after taking EC&I 832 last term. I experienced a lot of growth last tem and left feeling refreshed and renewed. I look forward to continuing this journey over the next few months!
The survival kit…
Last term I experienced like many others (as I stated above) a very steep learning curve of getting back into the groove digitally. I thought I could share some the key things that helped me stay in the loop in EC&I 832 so that you can experience a smoother transition than I did!
|1. Google + App
I didn’t download this app until partway through the course and it was a game changer! It made it so much easier for me to stay in the loop with the conversation and not feel overwhelmed. I usually checked this app whenever I had a free moment to make a quick comment. However, I preferred posting my own links, etc on the web version.
I had used TweetDeck when I took ECMP 455 (back in 2009), but I signed up for Hootsuite as well to check it out. I preferred TweetDeck as my main use was for twitter. It was a great way to keep my tweets organized and allowed me the ability to multi-task while tweeting.
|3. Twitter App|
|4. Drafting blog posts in O365
I would always draft my blog posts in my O365 account (google docs would work too). I found it easier and calmed my mind to draft my posts outside of WordPress and then transfer them in when they were ready. I would include the hyperlinks in my draft, but would add my pictures and videos once I transferred it over.
|5. Grow your PLN
What is a PLN? A PLN is a Professional Learning Network. The more people you follow, connect with, and engage with the better your experience will be. This is a highly collaborative course and by being engaged with others, you will gain more from this course. You are in charge of creating your experience.