On the journey to be connected, I have been following @OSSEMOOC’s 30 Days to Getting Connected, and I have been sharing my thinking and questions using my blog. Being almost half way through (and also being on the countdown to Christmas), I realized this morning that sharing everyday was getting to be too much – maybe we needed to take a break to allow others to catch up, to spend some time reflecting on the learning we have done and to refocus in a few weeks to continue the journey. Sometimes we need to go back before we can go forward.
I love using Twitter as a way to collect and share information for myself and others – when I retweet or share a resource, it is like I am bookmarking it so I can find it again. Over the last few days, I have been learning about curating, I have come to realize that I don’t just want to collect resources, but I would like to curate them.
I need to push myself and a learner, and take that next step to sharing information – I need to find value in myself and create connections, share resources and put in perspective what I am learning and how it might help others learn. Through my blog, I have come realize the importance of feedback from others, and I have come to value how important it is for others to share their thinking, challenge my thinking and push our thinking outside of the box.
I have connected with different educators and resources more purposefully in my journey to being connected, and it amazes me the connections that come together and overlap:
- 3 Ways to Curate and Share Great Content – George Couros, Connected Principals
- Becoming Connected – Nicole Morden Cormier
- It’s Just No Longer an Option – Katie Maenpaa
- Digging Into Curation – Donna Fry, OSSEMOOC
Twitter can be used for different purposes, but one that I need to spend some more time developing is following those who challenge and deepen my thinking, and taking risks in sharing my thinking and reflecting so that others can learn with me.
How can twitter be used to strengthen you PLN? How do you balance things so that you are able to not just collect, but to contribute to the PLN of others?