Wow and Wonder post – Week 2 (Jan 17–23)

Wow

After reading the articles about the Personal Learning Network (PLN), a flood of ideas and thoughts shot through my mind. I learnt that PLNs are not new, but technology has, however, changed how we connect to others and have expanded their reach significantly.

Social media and technology have, specifically, removed the physical barriers that once existed to communicate with each other. Time zones and distance no longer present the significant hurdle they once did either. 

Today we are able to connect like we could never imagine before. We have all types of networks and modes to connect with people, such as:

  • Family – Facebook 
  • Friends – Instagram 
  • Relationship – Tinder
  • Work related – LinkedIn 

You could potentially build a connection with someone famous by just simply sending them a message on social media. It’s become this easy to build connections. 

Wonder

There multiple ideas that got me curious while thinking about PLN, one of the few were:

In the past, there was almost no way you could connect with the President of the United States with no particular reason. However, now we are able to contact the President of the United States without barriers, by sending them a message on social media and praying they reply. This made me realise, if we have the ability to connect to the President of the United States, we can possibly contact any other educators or family members one way or another. This opens up the possibility to connect with an unlimited range of people.  

This also makes me wonder whether there is a future where we can take it a step further to receive a message back from the President of the United States. From from not being able to say anything to the President of United States, to being able to send a message to the President of United States, but can the next step be receiving a message from the President of the United States for sure? 

Self-reflection

Not only is the PLN fascinating, but it holds limitless possibilities and ideas to build upon. We have many more technologies to develop which would create many more fascinating ideas and builds which I look forward to!

Welcome and Introduction

Before proceeding with this first blog post, we expect you to consider your privacy preferences carefully and that you have considered the following options:

  1. Do you want to be online vs. offline?
  2. Do you want to use your name (or part thereof) vs. a pseudonym (e.g., West Coast Teacher)?
  3. Do you want to have your blog public vs. private? (Note, you can set individual blog posts private or password protected or have an entire blog set to private)
  4. Have you considered whether you are posting within or outside of Canada? This blog on opened.ca is hosted within Canada. That said, any public blog posts can have its content aggregated/curated onto social networks outside of Canada.

First tasks you might explore with your new blog:

  • Go into its admin panel found by adding /wp-admin at the end of your blog’s URL
  • Add new category or tags to organize your blog posts – found under “Posts” (but do not remove the pre-existing “edci338” category).
  • See if your blog posts are appearing on the course website (you must have the the edci338 category assigned to a post first and have provided your instructor with your blog URL)
  • Add pages, if you like.
  • Include hyperlinks in your posts (select text and click on the link icon in the post toolbar)
  • Embed images or set featured images and embed video in blog posts and pages (can be your own media or that found on the internet, but consider free or creative commons licensed works). To embed a YouTube video, simply paste the URL on its own line.
  • Under Dashboard/Appearance,
    • Select your preferred website theme and customize to your preferences (New title, new header image, etc.)
    • Customize menus & navigation
    • Use widgets to customize blog content and features
  • Delete this starter post (or switch it to draft status if you want to keep it for reference)

Do consider creating categories for each course that you take should you wish to document your learning (or from professional learning activities outside of formal courses). Keep note, however, that you may wish to rename the label of the course category in menus (e.g., as we did where it shows “Social Media & PL” as the label for the “edci338” category menu.  This will enable readers not familiar with university course numbers to understand what to expect in the contents.

Lastly, as always, be aware of the FIPPA as it relates to privacy and share only those names/images that you have consent to use or are otherwise public figures. When in doubt, ask us.

Please also review the resources from our course website for getting started with blogging:

Test Social Media Post

This post  will appear in a few places:

  1. in the blog feed on the front of your website
  2. in the Learning Design menu on your website. This is because we have applied the “edci338” category to this post and the menu item “Social Media & Personalized Learning” has been created from the category “edci338.” For every post you make for this course, please assign the “edci338” category to it. You are welcome to use this blog for your personal hobbies or for other courses, in which case, you could create additional menu items and categories for them.
  3. if you give permission, your posts categorized “edci338” will be aggregated onto the Blog Feed on the EDCI 338 Course Website.

Feel free to delete this post once you understand this. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor.