Monday, April 22, 2013

Chapter 7 -- Sustaining the Momentum

So you've determined that you are a connected educator or you are working your way toward that goal. What strategies are you using to keep the momentum going in your learning community/ies? Or maybe you just want to consider the momentum in staying connected to your communities rather than the momentum of the community as a whole, especially if you are a newbie.

Do you have a blog? If not, work through the challenge presented at the end of the chapter and create your own blog in Edublog. If you are not sure how to begin, whether the actual act of creating the blog is a roadblock or the you're stuck on a topic, utilize this network of learners/educators. You might also want to check out the "Publishing a new post" blog post.


  1. I am trying to work smarter at it so I will save time and energy but still end up with the best outcome. One way that is working for me is to focus on what I am interested in learning. That way I an not wasting time reading or following everything. I also will save information so I can read it when I have the time.

  2. I've had an edublog for years and have used it in the different positions in which I've worked as a librarian. This topic of momentum hits home for me. I've created blogs, wikis, and websites for years and most go ignored. I've made them for specific classes and they've been used and then abandoned. I've made them for thinks I'm excited about but they have gone unnoticed. Blogging is a lonely business, for example, if you don't have many readers because it takes so much work. And we get into making them and adding cool things! and then they don't get traffic. So momentum? I just don't know and would love to learn.

    Recently updated blog, motivated by this book:

    Ignored wiki I spent a chunk of my life creating:

    School Website that I update every day and is full of rich resources like tons of podcasts:

    The best learning community I have ever been a part of. For one summer, this site was the place to go to for elementary librarians:

    Twitter is great but can be more like an old-fashioned bulletin board in a college student union. I would stand and read the flyers in the IU Union all the time to learn about what is going on, and sometimes, that is what Twitter is to me: Check out this great resource! Here's a great list of great stuff!

    I once had an online "accountability group," which we formed to keep each other accountable to follow through with goals and plans. I'd like something like that again.

  3. I do not have a blog although we do have a blog for the PATINS Project. We also have a blog for the ICAM. Both of these blogs are updated weekly and contain great information. I have a wiki that I have maintained for a number of years. It contains resources for the various trainings that I do.

  4. I feel sort of like the rest of you, it seems- blogging is a LOT of work, as are Wikis and webpages. I have to keep a webpage for each of my 3 social studies classes (last year it included 2 Spanish classes also- 5 pages every day!) with very detailed lesson plans and linked files and resources- I just don't have time to blog! Cindy, I am with you! That being said, I am really interested in blogging NEXT year if I get down to just 1 social studies class (grade 6)- especially with Common Core (our school is going ahead and implementing them) and working closely with a Language Arts teacher (almost team-teaching at times)- I'm sure I'm not the only teacher doing this and we could help each other with the effort. To me, Pinterest and Facebook are almost like a blog- you find ideas by other people and reply/comment/like and share. Like Catherine, I feel like so much of what I do takes effort on MY part but then no one else is using it or benefitting so it is somewhat a waste of my energies.

    Sandy, What is the ICAM and PATINS project?

    This chapter wasn't one I really connected strongly with.

  5. I have done walkthroughs. In fact I work so closely with teachers that I am in the different buildings all the time. I love to do more formal walkthroughs with others so that we can acknowledge the work of both teachers and students. By formal I mean more than me being there to work with a teacher. I also get invited to classes all the time to help with tech or be an audience for projects. This does have a positive impact.

    When I was in the classroom, I blogged with my students. As others who have already posted, that is so time consuming. I liked how the Digital Month Blog had many authors. That is something that a school could too.

    It is difficult to be talking about momentum at the end of the school year. I think I too had a problem connecting with this chapter, but I think it had to do with me rather than the chapter. I have a lot going on right now. I too like Cindy's idea of working smarter. That could be a blog topic!

  6. While I appreciate collaborative action research, I feel I could use appreciative inquiry as my strategy to keep momentum going. I know that I need to be more positive and supportive so that others will stay focused on using technology to stay connected and learn professionally. While I try many ways to connect such as blogging I stop short and do not model well for others. This chapter has helped remind me that what we concentrate develops into our reality. Also I needed to be reminded that in everything we do something is working so sustain it. I would love to learn from a blog about working smarter. Who wants to start it for us?

  7. I feel like I need to really focus on just a few tools to learn to use well. I have a blog through blogger, a wiki through pbworks, a weebly, twitter, facebook, edublogs....and who knows what else. Is there anyone else out there drowning in all this collaboration? I agree that blogging is work. I want to pick one or two tools and focus on using them consistently. I get excited about something new, then never follow through with using it well. I feel like I say that over and over. I guess it is time for me to start working hard to build good connections through a few tools.