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Piecing My Final Project Together

Posted in ECI Final Project by tchcruiser on November 23, 2009
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When a Body catch a Body

Originally uploaded by ms_quarantine

I liked this image as a way to capture my current frustrations around my final project this week. I usually enjoy spending a ridiculous amount of time putting jig saw puzzles together and am finding that creating the space I want to build for my final project is feeling much like it does when you first dump the box of pieces on the table and start sorting. You have a really good idea about what the final end picture or product should look like, and what components and pieces you will need to achieve it. But what is still nebulous and challenging is finding out which of those pieces need to be connected, and how they should be connected, in order for the entire thing to come together. This is where I am at with my final project. Let me outline the basic premise and then perhaps you might provide some ideas and suggestions to help me select the best pieces for the best fit.

Project idea: continue to expand and build upon ECI 831 blog space for professional development personally and for my work as a consultant to help support other teachers who want to connect to professional development readings, links, discussions and other content.

Rationale: I have to read professionally and respond to books in book circles, PLC groups and other areas. I could record my reflections and thoughts about what I was reading in this space, and invite other teachers in my division and world audience to also respond and participate, lessening the need to drive long distances to still participate and feel part of the conversation and learning.

I also am asked to locate and share resource links and materials with teachers in my division. I would like to do this work once, and then store these links in a more permanent fashion with others more effeciently and easily than by one-one emails.

I would also like to share my collaborative efforts and professional growth (required formally in my PGP and informally because I am interested in recording this in a more public way) with others in a more transparent way. Telling someone else and knowing that others are watching for results is a powerful motivator for me to actually carry out my plans and goals for the year.

1. Use the blogspace already created to act as my “homepage” and make more pages/categories to extend the topics, subject specific curricular areas and professional growth areas of interest beyond ECI 831.
2. Connect to other sites that do a better job of housing links and media (such as a wiki site for links that others can contribute to) and youtube channels for videos, etc.

As I am working at this, I am wondering of I should not use a wiki as the home page instead and connect out to the blog, as Alec has modelled with our course. Although basic and not as fancy, it does seem to offer more flexibility for linking to so many other forms of social media. Maybe it is just the blog site I have chosen, but the more I try and get indepth with wordpress, the more it is not working for me. I am feeling flashbacks of working with Joomla- not at all intuitive. 😦 Does anyone else feel the same way or have ideas about how I might piece together my parts for reflection on professional readings, useful links to websites and resources, and connections with media in a neat, tidy and efficient manner?

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of using a wikispace as the main hub, and branch out from there. It does allow others to add easily to the work in progress as they find things (kind of in keeping with the “find a penny, take a penny” container at the cashier…). I know I like to feel helpful and a contributor to someone else’s journey and not always be taking, taking, taking. That is the beauty of the wiki vs the blog. And am I right in thinking that not all parts of the wiki needs to be open to the world? That you can lock areas that you want to not be changed?? If so, then maybe this is the way forward?

Who has got the missing pieces of my puzzle? And if you have one, would you please share it?!

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  1. Todd Grant said,

    My first thoughts as I was reading your posts were “I think that would work best in a wiki.” It sounds like you are coming to the same conclusion. I have also found that wordpress has not been working for me. Although I am by no means an expert I believe in wikispaces you can lock certain pages so only you can edit and set the wiki permissions to protected so only members of your wiki can edit.
    Good luck on your final project.

    • tchcruiser said,

      Thanks for the feedback. Yes…I guess the more I thought about it, the more it sounded to me like a wiki is more what I want for my main page, and I will keep my blog space simple and for reflective activities only. All other activity I will build through the wiki. I do like that there are options to lock donw parts that you don’t want people chaning – your static content about yourself, etc. Have you ever worked with a wiki? Any to recommend over others? I have a demo one in wikispaces that I set up a few years ago for a PD day one time, but have never explored it further! I guess now is the time 🙂

  2. Bettina Welsh said,

    From my limited experience, if you would like to organize content, a wiki is the way to go. I don’t necessarily see wiki’s as ever changing. As you mentioned you can block part of the wiki. Blogs seem to work well a reflection pieces. You can link to your wiki from your blog. I guess it depends on what the desired outcome it? I really like the options in the wiki format!! Thanx, Bettina


  3. hey dude
    Great stuff! i got a lot of inspiration from this post
    it is very interesting ….
    i went through this page two times
    am learning for social work

    Thanks

    • tchcruiser said,

      Thanks for the comments… it has been awhile since I have re-visited my blog and projects so your comment today has forced me to come back to it! And it has shown the power of blogs to help share knowledge and ideas. How might you be using blogs and wikis in your wocial work context?


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