Skills and Literacies Needed for Connected Learning

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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After having ended the Connected Learning BB Collaborate session on a seemingly excited note, I’m happy that they are recording the sessions!  There was so much information, the chat window was going a mile a minute, and it was difficult to effectively multitask.  I’m baffled at how people were able to do it on Twitter as well! So, to answer one of the questions that was posed towards the end of the session: What skills and literacies are necessary for connected learning?  How do we develop these? First, people need to be comfortable with the fast pace of the PLN.  The first several times I “lurked” for a #sschat, I ended up opening close to 60 tabs in my browser in an hour.  Talk about overwhelming!  There is no way that you can go through the resources that people offer at the time, but the 1 hour #sschat turned into about 2-3 hours of learning about resources that were out on the web that I had never known about.  What a gold mine! My biggest goal for my adventure with #etmooc is to go from a consumer to a curator, creator, and collaborator.  I want to be the person offering those resources to people.  I have found ways to do it in my small community inside of my school, now I just need to expand my skills to be able to think fast, and share fast.  Finding the resource in my bookmarks, then tweeting it out, is one of those things that scares me to death.  How do they do that without skipping a beat?  So that is another skill that is needed to be a connected learner. Organization… My bookmarks are organized, when people look at the things that I have, they get overwhelmed.  But my bookmarks are organized in Chrome.  There is nothing “social” about keeping all of those resources to myself!  I found a little extension to add to my Chrome browser, which I think will help, but that means that the resource needs to be open.  There must be a better way… This is definitely something that I will be coming back to, as I don’t have hardly any of the answers I need to answer the question!

  1. Sue Waters says:

    Hi Jess

    I’ve been a multitasker for years and I can’t keep up with the chats in the Collaborate sessions. A strategy that works for me is to save the Whiteboard and chat at the end of the session. Go to File > Save > Chat and File > Save whiteboard (PDF).

    A lot of those that tweet links either are retweeting other people’s tweets or are subscribing to lots of blogs in Google Reader. For example, I subscribe to blogs in Google Reader and use IFTTT to automate the process of tweeting. When I star an item in Google Reader it sends as a tweet. it is easy to do once you know how and I have explained the steps in this post – You can also use IFTTT for automating some curation processes.

    Hope this helps!


    • Jess Henze says:

      Hi Sue!

      Thanks for stopping by! It is funny that you mentioned IFTTT, because I just set that up last night! I have a ton of blog entries to read in my Google Reader, so it is on my to do list!

      I’ve seen the retweets, but my issues is during chat sessions, when people share TON of resources that they seem to have at their fingertips at a moment’s notice! I am not that organized.

      I’m enjoying this journey so far! I hope you are as well.

      • Sue Waters says:

        Hi Jess

        You may find some of them prepare their resources. I read a Twitter post the other day where someone was reflecting how participants in a tweet chat had been encouraged to pre plan tweets and resources before the chat and they were pondering the pros and cons.

        However, most are probably like me. It isn’t that you are necessarily more organised, it is just that you’ve been a connected learner a long time, and have a good memory for who has provided the best resources and how to locate them really quickly. Or they are resources you’ve written.

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