My Introduction

A few weeks ago, I signed up for ETMOOC – a Massive Online Open Course focusing on Educational Technology & Media. You can see all the individuals who are responsible for offering us this learning opportunity here.  This course is an opportunity to learn about the basics of Connected Learning, Digital Storytelling, Digital Literacy, The Open Movement, and Digital Citizenship.

This course reminds me a lot of when I participated in the Reform Symposium in July, 2011. It was overwhelming, powerful, enjoyable, frustrating, exciting, and career-changing. Like others have said in the past, it is just like trying to drink from a fire hose.  Try to go easy on yourself.  Every step forward is a step further than you were the day before.

It is so important to share while going such a course.  It is essential that you see others are feeling the same overwhelmed feeling you are feeling. It is okay. Actually, it is more than okay – it’s all part of the process.

All the sessions for the ETMOOC are archived, so if you are unable to attend the live sessions listed here, then you can find the archives here.

The first “assignment” of this free MOOC is to prepare an introduction of ourselves to the rest of the community.  While I wanted this video to be much shorter, I just can’t bare to continue to edit it.  I see many flaws in the video, however, it is important to realize that it isn’t about the “final” project, it is about the process.  Everything doesn’t have to be “perfect” to be shared with others.  I am modelling that in this video.  🙂

Here is my introduction video for the #etMOOC.  Thanks for watching (sorry it is so long)!

And for those who do not have 4 minutes of your life to view a video of a total stranger, I’ve made a Coles Notes version – Me – in 30 seconds!  Same photos, but no narration. A special thanks to Dean Shareski for his inspiration in the making of this video (1 second shots).

I am looking forward to learning, sharing, and growing together!

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.
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2 Responses to My Introduction

  1. Tia,
    Thanks for sharing! I took 4.5 minutes and watched both your videos! Nice. It’s fun to hear your voice and learn more about you and your family. I will look forward to reconnecting with you during #etmooc.

    I can so appreciate and resonate with your comments about how Twitter helped you renewed your sense of love of learning. That was such a start for me too in blogging and developing my digital footprint.

    Sincerely,
    Denise

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