My reflection process

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This is a description of how I reflected on an event on the R&C 20111 course. It follows Gibbs model of reflection 1988)

Gibbs, G. (1988). Learning by Doing: a guide to teaching and learning methods. London: Further Education Unit,

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My reflection process

  1. 1. My Reflection Process using Gibbs model Barbara Nicolls
  2. 2. Description: What happened?Action Plan: Ifit arose again Feelings: Whatwhat would I was I thinking do? and feeling? Evaluation: Conclusion: What was good What else could and bad about I have done? the situation? Analysis: What sense can I make of the situation?
  3. 3. What happened?As participants of Reflect and Connect, we were required to evaluate a Web2.0 Tool for its usefulness to our own personal development and to those weteach.We in Team A agreed to evaluate Twitter which was the tool that most of uswere curious about. The session booklet also suggested that we “Start withTwitter”! And we did. By the way Twitter is the most used social networkingtool this decade and is fast becoming the tool of choice for keeping up-to-datewith people in my personal learning networks.
  4. 4. Feelings: What was I thinking and feeling?Why use Twitter my professional development? As far as I know Twitter isused by teenagers to send messages to their friends about the minutiae oftheir lives. We professionals find it difficult to find the time for this let alonekeeping up with our normal work! Is it another of those tech things I learn touse by myself as my colleagues will frown on me for introducing yet anothernew tool!Nevertheless, I was eager to learn from my team and share our experiences. Ilooked forward to completing the task through Twitter sending messages@..... Followed by #reflectandconnect. I was confident that he moderatorsand Carole were experts in the field and that they wouldn’t have suggestedTwitter if they hadn’t discovered the positive contributions of Twitter to ourprofessional development.
  5. 5. Evaluation: What was good and bad aboutthe situation?In addition to tweeting with Team A using our newlycreated #rcteama. No one dominated the scene buteveryone pooled the knowledge and experience they hadwith Twitter and shared with all of us. We startedfollowing one another and from internal followers weextended externally and found CoPs working on commonthemes such as PDP, CDP, Action Research etc. I alsodiscovered Tweetdeck and have installed it on my desktop.Sometimes people could get carried away learning newstuff and at one point there was so much information –people sending information and links about everything. Istill haven’t finished looking at them Hope I am not missingout on anything valuable.
  6. 6. Analysis: What sense can I make of the situation?Twitter is useful for creating a PLN as I can use the Find People iconand type in their Twitter identity to locate them. The I click on theirTwitter page and click the Follow icon.If I dont know their Twitter identity, I can Find on Other Networksor Invite by Email. This way I can be come one of the large number ofeducationalists across the world who now switch on to Twitter to keepabreast of whats happening, whos doing what, and where to go foreducational news as it happens. This type of social networkingenables a viral like spread of news, faster than ever, creating a learning community of its own.
  7. 7. Conclusion: What else could I have done?Perhaps I could have made an effort to meet my team on Elluminate.to discuss some of the points that have passed over my head.For example, find out Tweets to glossy ebook...create PDFhttp://bit.ly/ok7Xt then ebookhttp://bit.ly/gkHdqQ#vicpln #reflect and connect6 hours agoFavoriteRetweetReply I could also learn to manage the information overload by filtering out and selecting the bits that would be useful and helpful to my learning.
  8. 8. Action Plan: If it arose again what would I do?1. Be clear about the task2. Be clear about what you wish to get out of the task3. Focus on the process of achieving it4. Try and build in a dialogue in order to ensure that everyone gets what they expect to get out of the task

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