Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WoW! - Writing on Writing

 
I just completed a really interesting chapter in the story of my life and decided I need to use this space to share it.  In a way, I was contracted to do some writing and I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.  I've written a lot of content over the years, but I've written it primarily for myself and the limited number of people who visit my blog.

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the Edmodo Featured Blogger Team.  There were five of us from around the world that were asked to post to the Edmodo blog once a week for the past ten weeks.  I was humbled by the opportunity to write alongside this amazing group of educators!

I've been overseeing the implementation of this secure educational social networking platform within our school division.  As a result, my posts provided a 'view from the district' and they were all related to various aspects of implementing Edmodo in our classrooms and schools.

Knowing that the readership of the Edmodo blog is significantly higher than the number of readers I see here, I really felt as though I had to pay close attention to the words I wrote.  I spent a great deal more time than I usually do reading and re-reading the sentences and paragraphs that I wrote, because it was important to me that each word was used for a reason...

In looking back over the ten posts that I submitted to the blog, I'm proud of my accomplishments.  I can see how I've grown and changed even over the last couple of months.  I find it fascinating to reflect on how my story over the last ten weeks unfolded as I built upon my preceding posts from one week to the next.    

I though it might be interesting to link to my Edmodo blog posts here, in the event that you're curious as to the story I've told.  If so, you may want to go top up your cup of coffee, find a comfy chair to curl up in and settle in from the beginning ;-)
  • Week # 1 - getting started...
  • Week # 2 - professional development...
  • Week # 3 - it's all about connecting...
  • Week # 4 - sharing 'pockets of innovation'...
  • Week # 5 - technology infusion & the BYTE Challenge...
  • Week # 6 - breathing new life into an old system...
  • Week # 7 - why use Edmodo with your students?
  • Week # 8 - spreading the word...
  • Week # 9 - get out of the way...
  • Week # 10 - the end, or a new beginning?
Thanks, Edmodo, for this amazing opportunity!

3 comments:

Mike Nantais said...

Hey - how come I never heard of this until now? Way to go, looks like I have some reading to do ...

Mr. Taylor said...

Well done Andy. Edmodo chose well when they included you on the team.

Andy McKiel said...

@Mike - there's all kinds of things you don't know about me ;-) I tweeted about a couple of the posts when they went up on Edmodo's blog, but I'm not really one for shameless self-promotion, so I didn't talk it up too much while it was going on...

@Phil - thanks! It was a neat experience to put my thoughts and ideas out there for others to benefit from... I hope I made Edmodo proud ;-)