Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chapter 6 - Building Your Connected Learning Community

Chapter 6 of the “The Connected Educator”, is about using tools to building your connected learning 
community. The authors discussed how developing a network community for learning with others in your field can actual help individuals learn more. These network communities work together in research, developing programs and implementing in schools. They also discuss how they had explored the important concepts underlying connected learning and seeing themselves as learners first. The authors started the chapter off by telling their own firsthand experiences that lead to their career choices. I feel this is valuable because it gives the reader a form of connection with the authors.

Chapter 6 mentions information on bloggers, which is a great tool, since we must create blogs in this class. The authors suggest becoming successful within your field is to create relationships. These relationships could be found among fellow colleagues.  They also suggest before adding someone to your network it is a clever idea to do some research on the individual. Check out their profile, blogs, other social media accounts. This comes into play because the text mentions that some research suggests that an individual cannot maintain social relationships with more than 150 people at a given time.

My future career in education can benefit from what I have learned reading chapter 6. Technology is a huge role in how people function and spend their days. Technology is also constantly changing. I want to be able to engage with my students and use all resources that will allow them and myself to keep learning and developing more. Blogs will also help me see what other educators are doing outside of my own classroom. This will allow me to see other perspectives and come up with new more innovative methods of teaching.  

I am looking to become a biology teacher. One of the first things the author mentioned was their experiences using a science board called Newton. This made me think more about how technology can help me in the classroom, even if it is a science classroom. There are possibilites to form communities in all fields. 


  1. Erika,
    I agree with you that you should vet potential relationships on the networks because it can be too overwhelming. I hate going on facebook because there are too many posts I have no interest in seeing, so I definitely relate to that as well. I also like how you brought up that technology has such a huge role in life, and that you want to make your students competent to utilize it and all the resources available through them.

  2. Hi Erika, you talked about a part in the chapter in which I think is a very important point; the author says to become successful, we must create relationships. Usually one would just expect to become successful on their own, without anyones help, but like the author says, having stable relationships with your community is how to grow. What's interesting though, like you mentioned, is how we want to build as many relationships/connections as possible, but anything over 150 people tends to get difficult and can't handle.I also think its cool you want to become a biology teacher! A lot of points in the book talk about how teachers can use the personal networking to get in touch with other teachers and students, which can benefit you a great deal in the future!

  3. Hey Erika! First of all, I wanted to say that I really like your blog: its layout and everything. Networking can be very beneficial in education because education is in constant need of reform so its great to communicate with other people who can share ideas to make education an even more beneficial experience and to modify current teaching methods.

  4. Hello Erika, great relationships are important in a network and I thought it was a great point that you brought up about doing research on a person before adding them. I think of it like the saying, "never judge a book by its cover." They can tell you all the things you want to hear but their profiles may suggest otherwise.

  5. Hey Erika, becoming a teacher is awesome. I agree it is very important to do research and find out who we are adding and following on our social media. Employers look at everything that is put on social media and that could make or break it for someone. Love your blog best of luck to you.

  6. I like how this article can benefit you for your future career. With technology rapidly changing it can definately help you connect with your students when you become a teacher. You can have a virtual science classroom and network with people around the world. I think its a wonderful outlet for you and you can teach you students how to network online as well.