When I reflect on the experiences of this course, I find that the most positive activities were the social media and bookmarking tools that we were exposed you. From the beginning, the course focused on responsible action in any online setting. Digital Citizenship reflected the ideas and themes of responsibility and “proper” actions while interacting with the Web in the same ways we as a society are called to act in our “regular” lives. In other words, digital citizenship is not that much different than what is expected of adults in this American society. The responsibilities of maintaining an online presence will only increase in the coming years and decades. In education, this will require a comprehensive plan to train students in the ethics of the 21st-century era of a technology-infused world. Students will need skills and have an understanding in order to work effectively and safely online. As a result, there is much work for every adult, particularly those in education to take leadership roles in teaching young people.
Web 2.0 tools were applications that provide two-way communication between the user and Web activity. These tools offered new experiences for users, and the interactions go farther than simply reading from a website. These new 2.0 tools could mean “wearable” technology such as clothing or watches. As with any other advancement, these tools meant more interaction, however, they required increased understanding and knowledge about technology in order to use these devices effectively. These devices put an increased burden on private networks such as schools and other institutions to provide essential bandwidth to users. For example, students come to school with three or more devices all requiring connection to the Internet, which necessitates a need for more access and large enough network to offer service for these devices.
Establishing a connection with an online community such as a Professional Learning Community was one of the more difficult challenges of the course. Connecting with others in person, or “networking” is something I enjoy. However, in an online situation, it seems to be inauthentic and troublesome to me. However, I tried, and connected with a couple of groups that were interested in the same topics I am. For instance, I found a community in technology education through Twitter. I follow that group and even made a post or two. Reading the updates and taking part in the discussion of a Professional Learning Community is something I feel I can do to learn and increase my involvement in an online community for my career.