EdTech 543: Join and participate in online communities


MODULE 5 Assignment: Join and participate in online communities

  • Based on your grade-level and content area interests, find four online (educational-based) communities to join.  This will assist you in expanding your network and provide you with increased awareness of the social networks.  They are NOT to be Diigo, Facebook, or Twitter (as you have already joined these).  There are lots of options: Linkedin, Google+ Groups, Flickr, Goodreads, Instagram, MOOCs.  Keep an eye out in your Twitter streams and post ideas for online communities in our Facebook page, and tweet them out so your classmates can learn about them.
  • In order to go from Lurker to Participant, contribute content to the community in some way – asking questions, adding resources, etc.
  •  Goal is that you increase and broaden your personal learning network and identify social networks that can support you, and/or your students or employees in their work, and also as a way to contribute to the class by sharing networks with your classmates. You may go through testing periods, trying a network on for size, lurking, contributing, analyzing, and then choosing to continue or disconnect.
  • Join at least four, make at least 10 total contributions (as a means to go from lurker to participant).  The ten contributions can be in any of form you desire, a comment, question, posting a weblink, adding a video or image.


Group 1:  Flickr, Flickr Math Group

Group Description

Math educators coming together to share images and ideas for teaching mathematics.Please:(1) Help us get started by joining and submitting images, in the description field describe how your image would be useful in math instruction, or how it illustrates a useful idea for teaching mathematics.(2) Tag your images and other images with as many math topics and sub-topics as you think it is relevant for.(3) If you like the idea leave a comment, or if you see ways of improving it leave a comment. Remember, the more comments an image has the more “interesting” it becomes to flickr.
I absolutely LOVE this site!  I was immediately drawn to the image of the Romanesco Broccoli (seen below).  To contribute I commented on the image and shared my YouTube video that I created for EdTech 543.  I hope that other math teachers will be able to share the video with their students.

For my second contribution I actually started a new discussion on Euler’s Formula.  I have been trying, for years, to think of new ways to approach this topic.


Group 2:  Goodreads

Educator Book Club

Educator Book Club
A place for parents, teachers, administrators, professors, and students to meet, talk, and share books about education: the art and craft of teaching, learning, and classroom management. This group extends from the community at www.edvibes.com
I chose this group because I thought it was important to connect with all types of educators.  I decided to participate in an online discussion of Censorship.  Censorship can happen anywhere but it is a constant issue in education.  I participated by contributing my thoughts and providing a link to the National Coalition Against Censorship.

I was particularly struck by the law and added this to the discussion:

The First Amendment and Public Schools

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. -First Amendment of the United States Constitution ratified December 15, 1791.

Group 3: Google + Communities


I decided to join the Mathematics Education (K-12) Community on Google+! This is a forum for all stakeholders–teachers, students, mathematicians, researchers, and laypersons. The only requirement is that you have an interest in mathematics education.

For my first contribution I just did a simple hello and shared my Fibonacci video (see above).  I thought it would be a creative way to introduce myself to the group.


For my second contribution I decided to share my ScoopIt .  My curation was all about Common Core so I was immediately drawn in to the discussion area about Common Core.


For my third contribution I went into the Discussion area then into the subset of Algebra.  I shared a great video that I found about the composition of functions.  I also commented on the video.


For my fourth contribution I couldn’t resist viewing the “funnies” section!  I love posting or printing out clever math comics for my students.  I found this one (below) and shared it with my Google+ friends and commented.


Group 4: Linkedin 

LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.  On LinkedIn I decided to join a Math Tutor group.  I used my account for my business (Sammamish Mathematics).

For my first contribution I decided to respond to a question that all tutors deal with regularly, “I have a student that struggles with staying focused on math. The second I turn away he writes random things down and the working gets all confuddled, particularly during long division. I’ve pretty much gathered that he doesn’t genuinely want to …”.  I hope my suggestions help.


For my second contribution I decided to share my ScoopIt curation to a discussion on Common Core.  I have received a lot of positive feedback that others in the group found this helpful.

Here is the prompt:

Common Core Problems linkedin.com

Teachers, are you ready for common core? Please share any useful information in this group that will help students and parents to understand more about common core state standard


For my third contribution I decided to do a little bit of research about the benefits of tutoring.  I found this great article from U Chicago News

I used this to start a new discussion.


 Final Reflection:

I really enjoyed this assignment!  I thought that I was familiar with Linkedin, Flickr, and GooglePlus but I had never realized there were so many subsets of groups.  Goodreads was completely new to me.  I felt I was able to significantly contribute more to Linkedin and GooglePlus.

I tried to vary my contributions.  I responded to discussion questions, I shared a video and links, I posted questions, I commented on material, and I even began a new discussion.  I was really excited that I was able to share so many items. Many of my contributions, like my ScoopIt and my creative expressions of PLN, were items that I had actually created for this course were quite relevant to many of the posts.





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