What is my Digital Identity and have I used it to its full capacity??
…. Here is where you will find me on the internet.
I use Twitter as a professional identity. I have only had Twitter for 4 months and I know I am still not using it to its full capacity. In typical “Kenna” fashion, I have found certain people I follow and continue to check. I have not expanded my search on my own, only taking guidance from others that I follow. I really enjoy following @isteconnects, the #edchat, #edtech, looking at what colleagues are typing, thinking on #ec1831, and running through the others. I had mentioned in previous posts, I enjoy reading them and look at them daily but certainly my activity online would not show that. I look, think, bring it to my staff and discuss in person and then think “Oh! I should retweet that, or favourite or do make a comment”. I have had the most difficult time staying “connected” and sharing like so many others in our class. I see quite a few people on Google+ who are posting and commenting regularly. There is great collaboration with everyone. I am happy to be a part of the comments and posts on that… I suppose because it is something that only my class can see??
Facebook is something that I use for personal use. I have never shared anything related to my career. I hardly ever use it anymore. I enjoy looking at pictures of friends, sending private messages but post nothing about my life anymore.
On my Kindergarten blog, which I have mentioned I am quite proud of, you do not see me. The focus of the blog is everything that the Kindergarten’s do and we are both very proud of. I am the operator of the blog but I am careful to not associate myself with the blog.
I am a huge advocate of technology and technology in the classroom. I am on my way to using it better. The focus of this post is not on my classroom rather my own personal progress. When I started this course I thought I would embrace each of the materials presented without hesitation- trusting that this process is safe. I believed I had but listening to Alec’s presentation in class this week brought to the surface my issue with privacy. It has taken me a long time to wrap my head around being “safe” while connected on the internet. It has been a lot of work to change my thinking – I am a very stubborn person. I love reading them and watching videos like
and share it via email and then talk about it later with people. My thoughts did not go to Twitter or Facebook butttt I posted this earlier on Google+ and that was one of the first posts I had written that got a response. I actually felt connected! I realized, honestly, the network you can create by expanding beyond four walls. I know that seems silly especially since that is the course objective but it took me nearly 3 and half months to connect with the idea of through social media.
I think I have unintentionally found balance. I look at my colleagues and a bit of jealousy surfaces when I see how active they are. I remind myself to take a step back and look at the progress I have made. Finding balance was crucial for me because otherwise I could become overwhelmed with the content presented in the course. What I enjoyed the most was the blog hub, and Google+. It was nice to receive notifications of posts and activity that was happening in the course and reminded me to maintain activity and staying connected, which I believe was the purpose of those tools:)
I found this article: Social Media vs. Having a Life: 3 Ways to Strike a Balance. Certainly a good read and encourages the reader to find a way to make social media work without taking over your life! Point #1: Pick your Poison – “Don’t go willy-nilly into all social networks…” For this course, I felt we needed to do that because I had to get connected to a few new networks! I certainly do not regret them but if you look back to my post on needing help with Twitter I was not sure how to connect properly. I knew my audience but I did not know how to reach them.
This weeks presentation really had me thinking about the progress I have made and the continued growth I can make. It is easy for me to think about what I may not be using best (Twitter) but I am choosing to focus on what I have connected with and have found work best for me. I look forward to making progress using these tools in my classroom and for personal use.