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.