Monday, September 11, 2017

Chapter 6 Blog

This chapter of "The Connected Educator" reflects on the authors explaining how their stories got them to where they are in their field today. Social networking allowed these two to explore deeper into their careers by experimenting with others whom are in the same field. Building a connected learning community is important if you want to learn how to be more successful in what you are doing in life. Personal learning networks can build relationships and from that, you grow more in that community that you are in by leading and learning besides one another. These network communities work together in research, developing programs and implementing in schools.

Blogging can be one of your first steps into becoming successful within your field and creating the relationships with your colleagues with whom you know and who you may meet along the way. Twitter, Delicious and other social medias are easy to follow and they become one big link-sharing party. When it comes to designing your own personal network, you have to learn who to trust in the making. Asking questions like "Does this person blog?" or "Are we interested in what this person is sharing" is important to ask when you need to find the right people to trust in the network.

This chapter relates to my future career and major in many professional ways. I remember in my freshman year of high school, I had this history class that was very unique. My teacher was very interested in connecting with other people around the United States. She would connect with teachers from Texas, California and many other states and would share her teaching methods with them and vice versa. A few times during the school year, we had the chance to Skype other classes from those states and get to chat about differences and similarities that we share. It was really neat seeing how different they have it in schools compared to my high school. I would love the opportunity to do that with my students if I have the chance to teach fifth or sixth grade so they are old enough to comprehend. My high school history teacher would not be able to do anything interesting like that if it were not for learning communities and social networking within this field.


  1. I think that is a great idea your history teacher had. It is interesting to see where other students, teachers and schools stand with the same learning as we do. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hey Gab! Haha your blog is so cool! I love the gray! However, reading this and hearing how your teacher wanted to connect with other teachers from around the States is awesome! Definitely what this class is all about! It is amazing how now are classes are getting involved with using Skype - so cool! Great input!

  3. I completely agree that it is important for students to have the opportunity to talk to other students from around the country. Technology can inhibit our students ability to communicate, but it can also bring large communities together. 5th and 6th grade students are at the perfect age to learn about other cultures and communities so by having your classes complete this assignment, it will really open their world to how social networking and learning communities can be so beneficial in their everyday lives.

  4. Hi,
    I give your History teacher a big thumbs up for doing what he did. He did exactly what teachers should do...keep the students interested in learning! Well back in my day our teachers did not have this. So what a great thing to see how technology has grown. Good luck to you in becoming a teacher, sounds like you have thought out what and how you would like to teach your students

  5. Hey Gabrielle, I really enjoyed your blog post! After reading chapter 6 and your blog entry I came to realize that building a connected learning community is one of the key components to becoming successful in your profession. I like that you mentioned that blogging is one of the first steps to becoming successful and creating relationships. I completely agree. Last Fall in my Instructional Technology course we had an assignment where we had to find three worthwhile teaching blogs that we would potentially use in the classroom. Before that assignment, I never would have imagined reading a blog let alone someday writing my own. But, I came across some really creative and informational teaching blogs that I now subscribe to. When I graduate and eventually find a job I will be able to use the information from those blogs as well as my own knowledge and ideas and pass it on to my colleagues and other teachers through my own blog.