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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 15 – Commenting on Blogs

Welcome to Day 15 of “Couch to Connected“, the OSSEMOOC series for educators who need to become “connected leaders”.

You can access all of the previous postings by clicking on the links on the right side of this page.

By now, we hope you have discovered that the most important practice in becoming connected is dedicating time.  Connecting must become a habit – part of your daily routine.  We hope that by asking you to set aside 10 minutes each day in November to learn about connecting that you are beginning to establish that habit.

Of course, if you are just dedicating 10 minutes, you won’t be able to use all of the tools we have shared with you.  We hope that you have found some routines that are working for you, and that some of the tools help you to establish the beginning habits of connecting and curating.

While we will learn about more tools for connecting and curating as we work through this series, today we want to move on to an even more participatory aspect of being a connected leader.

Our plan for this series is to take you through several aspects of how you can thrive as a connected leader.  We are loosely working through these categories: Collecting Information, Connecting, Curating, Collaborating and Co-Learning, Creating and Remixing, Sharing.

We often ask our students to share their thinking and learning with a global audience through blogging, e-portfolios, voicethreads, youtube videos and other media.  How often do we model this practice ourselves?

When anyone makes their thinking and learning visible, it is very encouraging to know that there is an audience paying attention.  We can encourage these learners by taking the time to comment on their work.

Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution License by Matt Montagne.
Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution License by Matt Montagne.

 

Take a moment to look at how Heather Theijsmeijer is using blogs in her Physics class on Manitoulin Island.

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The blog is located here.
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Blog Link

Commenting on the work of other educators is always welcome too! Remember that this OSSEMOOC site links to Ontario education bloggers on both the left and right sides of the page.

Please take some time to read and comment on a blog today. Nurturing and encouraging others to keep sharing ensures that we all have a place to learn.

We encourage you to share with us the links to any blogs that could use more comments in the comments to this post.

Resources:

Teach Quality Commenting Skills (Edublogs)

The Reason We Need to Keep Going

#OSSEMOOC is about connecting educators and helping to build technology capacity, connected leadership and professional learning networks. #OSSEMOOC has used a variety of mediums to bring educators together and enhance their best practices and model their life-long learning for the benefit of themselves, their PLN and most importantly their students.

Being a connected educator, can bring you out of your comfort zone (that zone where the learning really takes place!) in the pursuit of professional growth, student engagement and student success.

@MsEsClass needs no convincing about being connected learners! They are enthusiastic about using technology and love to share their learning.

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I have this tweet on my bulletin board-these are the faces of truly connected learners and the reason why we need to keep moving forward with integrating technology into our classrooms.

Shared by Stacey Wallwin, e-Learning Contact, Superior Greenstone District School Board (@wallwins)

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