[ETEC 527] Final Reflections

Wow, I really can’t believe I’m at the end of my first semester of grad school. Starting school again was actually pretty unexpected considering I made the decision in about 24 hours and rushed to apply immediately after I graduated. Now that I’m here I find myself extremely excited about the future and really tuned into learning all that I can about Educational Technology. These last few weeks have opened up a new world of learning and discovery for me with technology and in education that I already feel is making a difference in my personal and professional life.

In this course I learned quite a bit that I am using on a regular basis now. Social Bookmarking has become a go-to for me to stay organized and reference web pages, but Diigo has taken it to a new level with its groups, sticky notes, and website annotation features. YouTube is back on my radar for saving videos I like and also many that will help me learn and review EdTech lessons and practices throughout this program. Now that I have my account set up and have created playlists, I am able to work with it faster and I am considering even doing some instructional videos of my own since I’ve learned how to screen record using Camtasia.

Slack is a Web 2.0 tool that I will be integrating into my work to collaborate with my team and possibly other departments. Its workspaces give you the ability to organize communications by channels for group discussions and allow for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place, which is perfect for all of us now that we are all working from home under quarantine.

My favorite new tool has been Adobe Spark. I am an Adobe Creative Cloud user personally and professionally, and even though I had heard about Spark, I didn’t know its capabilities or about its web platform until this course. Once I began playing with it, I fell in love. Initially it reminded me a lot of Canva, but it’s so much better to me with the ease of use and seamless collaborations between graphics, presentations, and video production. I already know I’ll be using this tool the most in the very near future.

Overall, the Web 2.0 tools I have learned about are all tools that I think will have a long productivity life. I try to avoid web tools that are limited and do not “play nice” or collaborate well with other tools and platforms. I do not like to be limited or have to use more than one or two tools at one time for the same project, so I look for a lot of features that can be upgraded, redesigned, and have multiple features in one place.

I used to be afraid of learning about too many things at once because I would become overwhelmed. While I still feel that way about some things, this semester made me realize how much I’d been missing out on. I’ll be taking what I’ve learned and carrying the mindset of not being afraid to look for new tools with me as I move forward.

[ETEC 527] Vanity Search 2

Since starting my Web 2.0 course I have learned a lot about creating a digital footprint and about so many web tools that I had no clue about. In doing an update vanity search for my name, I noticed just a few more entries in Google (my new twitter and posts), a few third party data driven search engines, and some background check site. I don’t feel any negative way about it though because I’ve come to understand that the more I create and use the web and its tools, the more my digital footprint will grow, and when it does, I want it to be in the right ways and the right places. I have a very unique spelling of my name, which includes an accent mark that I just recently began using full time. I also have started incorporating my middle initial in order to further solidify my identity online and in other ways. I look forwards to see how these slight changes will cultivate a better digital footprint as I continue in my career. The best thing I’ve learned about vanity searches are what’s important to focus on to stand out!

[ETEC 527] My Adventure in Social Bookmarking with Diigo

This week as I’ve explored Diigo and I ended up hating it and then loving it. Diigo (Digest of Internet information, Groups and Other stuff) is an online platform with the goal of helping you create your own personal online knowledge library online. In other words, it is an expansive social bookmarking tool. I completely agree with so many of my course-mates in its comparison with Pinterest. Once I saw how the platform operated, I thought of Pinterest right away, only, I have to admit, I wasn’t as engaged with Diigo as much at first. The first feature that Diigo has that got my attention was the ability to annotate webpages and let you tag the site with keywords that can help you search faster and easier with a virtual sticky note. Since I am a bit sticky note user (both on my computer, using the program “Stickies”, and in real life), I enjoy being able to make notes and annotations in that manner.

I also like the ability to screenshot webpages directly using Diigo. I have a Mac so I usually screenshot things all the time, however organization is an issue sometimes. With Diigo the screenshots are in one place which helps someone like me who may forget what and why I even screenshotted in the first place. I made sure to get the Diigo extension for Chrome and install the mobile app.

My favorite part about Diigo is the groups. I browsed and searched many groups with interests that I have and joined a few. The ease of sharing links and insights is great and opened up a whole new world for me that I did not know about before this course. It seems to be a great networking/ collaborative research tool.

[ETEC 527] Week 1: Vanity Search Blog Post

This week of introduction to Web 2.0 and grad school as a whole was very surprising and intriguing to me. I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about what I’ll be learning and what I have already learned. For my first initial vanity search, I went to Google and typed in “Chelse Woods” and “Chelsé Woods” (the correct spelling of my name) and I noticed a few things immediately that I wasn’t expecting to see.

The first thing that I noticed in the search was an IMDb.com link to my work on a film and a web series (‘Carter High Movie’, ‘Washed’ I have official credits on that I didn’t even realize! I knew that I had done work on those projects (and a few more that are not listed), however, I did not know I was officially listed on them. I searched their IMDb profiles for more information and to double check the accuracy. I also noticed information listed from various database sites on my businesses and registration information, as well as information on my business website. I noticed links to my work website and my high school class alumni site, and my LinkedIn. I did not notice any pictures under the image search that were mine immediately, nor did I see any news or shopping articles. Under ‘Videos’ there were links to videos I had created on my website and also on YouTube under my real name.

I think it is very interesting how most of what you put on the internet never goes away. It is always available to be researched and accessed. In my searching there were several other people with my name and with their own digital footprints. I can only image what someone with a more common name or spelling has to go through to stand out in the crowd digitally through search. The more specific the information, the better in setting yourself apart or being able to find what you are looking for.