canva sharing poster

I’ve been musing this week on how I share and how I might increase my participation in open sharing.  I really like the ‘idea’ of sharing, but sometimes I find it very difficult to do so.  Not because I don’t want to share, but I think I fall into the same trap as many of my colleagues.

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I’ve included the title of Derek Sivers YouTube video “Obvious to you.  Amazing to others” in my infographic to remind me that what I create does have value.

I do think that I have begun to share more openly.  For example, I actively share ideas with my colleagues (whether they want to hear them or not).  As VIU CAP campuses are spread out geographically (Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville and Powell River), I would like to create a space where all our science teachers can share content, question libraries and teaching ideas.  The vehicle for this is still uncertain, but since VIU uses Desire2Learn (VIULearn), that may be the way to go.

I contribute to the OLTD Google + community, both in original posts and responses to posts.  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I came to the G+ party a bit later in the game than many in our cohort, but I am thoroughly hooked now!  Where I can improve is to branch out and participate in new G+ communities, such as one I signed up for last fall, “Social Media and Personalized Learning.”

Twitter and I have a love/hate relationship.  I find it challenging to communicate my thoughts in 140 characters or less, and often feel like I’m in some crazy version of speed dating when I try and participate in a twitter chat.  However, I have been making an effort to check my Twitter account more often, and have even sent out a few tweets asking for help in finding resources.  There is definitely room for improvement in this area, and I intend to spend some time this summer adding to the list of educational hashtags I already explore (#oltd, #literacy, #edchat).  I’ve also begun increasing my ‘following’ list…

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I find it incredibly challenging to produce a weekly blog.  Personal writing does not come easy to me, but I intend to keep at it and stay committed to writing on my blog page.  I think part of my difficulty with writing is the openness of it; the fact that I am posting online where everyone, even people I don’t know, can ‘see’ my thoughts.  A little unnerving!  There’s that little monster again…”no one wants to read what I have to say – it’s not important.”Finally, I would like to explore Creative Commons content more.  I tend to try and ‘recreate the wheel’, but see the value in revising and remixing resources that are already out there.  I have never submitted anything for open use online, but would like to in the future.

The ‘How-to’ of the infographic:  I created the image above using Canva, an amazing free software that lets you create posters, slides and infographics. Super easy to use with lots of templates, backgrounds and images!

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