As part of the Networked Professional Learning assignment for my EC&I 831 course, my professor, Alec Couros, challenged participants to develop a "personal learning network" through continuous participation with a wide variety of social media tools. As a summary of our growth, we were asked to consider the question: "How have you become a more networked professional?"
I decided to base my response on the concept of "The Networked Teacher" diagram Alec shared with us during one of our sessions. In my infographic I have highlighted the thirteen components of connected learning in which I experienced significant growth. For each of these components I have provided links (dots) to examples of tools which helped me become a more connected teacher. In addition, for each component I have provided a video explanation (black play button) outlining how that component allowed me to become a more connected educator, and what I learned in the process.
I have decided to post this Thinglink as part of my Summary of Learning because it outlines the growth and learning I experienced in my attempts to become a more connected educator.
Creating This Project
I began by exploring a number of different infographic creation sites. None of the ones I looked at suited my needs, so I decided to build my own in a low-tech way. I built the infographic using MimioStudio Notebook software (similar to SMART Notebook). I probably could have done the same thing with PowerPoint, Paint, or Photoshop. Once all of my images were in place, I saved the slide as a .jpg and uploaded it to Thinglink.
Next, in Thinglink I created links for every icon I had included in my diagram. When possible, I linked directly to my account for the web service or tool.
Finally, I gathered "evidence" of my growth for each component through screen clippings and screen recordings. I loaded these clips into iMovie and added voice narration to explain my growth. I uploaded these to my YouTube account and then linked these to my Thinglink image.
I would definitely consider doing a project such as this with students in the classroom. How might you use Thinglink? How is your growth as a connected educator similar or different to me?