Letter of appreciation

Dear class,

Time flies! Our course for this semester is already over. Recall the first time we met online, first time I had online course, first time I established my own blog, first time I wrote in my blog, first time I tweeted…..Many many first time, I gave them to this class. It seems that I begin to know what is connected learning and how it works, the class is over. I really really don’t want it be over, I feel comfortable with our class environment, I like our teacher Christina and classmates, I enjoy class discussions and activities, I appreciate dedication and sharing of all the people. I have to the fact that I didn’t participate a lot in our online discussions. I always stayed quietly and muted my voice in the class. Those moments I was listened carefully and trying to understand word by word, those moments I was thinking that I really needed to share something but there were nothing in my mind, even though sometimes I already organized words and ideas in my mind, when I spoke, I was hesitated and tongue-tied. Many tImes I saw people speaking fluently in English, I blamed myself that I couldn’t. When all the classmates were actively and initiatively sharing their experiences in teaching, I asked myself: “Did you have experiences in teaching? You never been to teach in school, what can you share?” Even though these difficulties were always hurting my feelings, I still survived many times from people’s supports, patience and encouragement. So, I appreciate everybody’s help in this class, you are my gifts that supporting me to go forward. I initially wanted to say these in yesterday’s class, but I was too shy and nervous that I missed the chance to say thank you. So I am writing this letter to say “Thank You” to all of you. Thanks for accompany, thanks for helps, thanks for teaching, thanks for sharing…I like the words that Christina said yesterday: “Our class ends, but connected learning doesn’t end.” Connected learning is still going on. Look forward to seeing your movements in connected learning, and I will continue to share and search in our community.

At last, hope everyone does very well in finals and have a fantastic summer! Fighting!

Best wishes!                                                                                                             Sincerely,                                                                                                                   Jingru Chen


As an English learner, I am experiencing a hardship of learning new language, and I also enjoy the process of gaining new skills and making progress. I used to learn English in English Language Institute. Most time I only used text books and studied the contents on the text books. I made little progress in the beginning since I was just satisfied with the textbooks in the class, and homework that teachers gave out. Until I found some informative English websites, I got more instructions of English study and got to know what else I could practice after classes. These websites provide a great deal of resources and information for English learners as well as English teachers.

LEO Network: Learn English Online. It is a comprehensive English learning website including vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing practices. It also contains online lessons which offer to different level learners.


ESL Podcast: It is a podcast to practice listening skills, and it provides different themes for everyday’s podcast. Just like listen to stories.


The English Blog: Internet resources, reviews, news, tips and trivia for learners and teachers of English. It is interesting that after reading blogs you may have a quiz to test your understanding and vocabulary. http://www.englishblog.com/

BBC Learning English: It is offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world. Learners are provided activities after reading texts, watching videos and listening to audios.


English Babies: this website offers many resources such as toefl test preparation, English schools recommendation, English lessons… The most interesting is the chat rooms are available for learners to join and chat with people in English. It is a good way to practice speaking skills, and it helps learners to make friends with people all over the world.


About education: it is for studying idioms and vocabulary through reading articles, and it also gives learners strategies of using vocabulary.


Voice of American: It is a famous worldwide website. It could be used to practice listening and reading skills. It is also a good news websites.


Here is my curation for English learning. Welcome adding more resources for it.

Jingru Chen


Hello! Everyone. It is time to do my Search Seven Sunday. I had a cool weekend that I went to seed race with friends. It made me felt like I am a racer, so exciting, so fascinating….. Also, I hope you guys have a wonderful Easter’s Day.

1. I appreciated that Christina’s dedication in creating our presentation. We made a short presentation last Wednesday, and we talked about the connected learning in our minds. Also, we used words and pictures to depict the idea. I think this was a good activity to let us see different concepts of connected learning through everyone’s perspectives. Here is the link to our presentation:


2. I appreciated watching this video:

https://drive.google.com/a/arcadia.edu/file/d/0B4gIpNMoxleJWVVLemZleVp0ZmM/view which Christina shared with us. Kids are using technique tools to take pictures and learn math concepts. It is a more engaging way that kids use apps to learn ,compare to just learning through traditional ways.

3. I appreciated Mimi Ito’s video about ” “Friendship Participation”, “Messing Around”, and “Geeking out”  use of Social Media with our students and how adults can support engagement in the “Messing Around and Geeking Out” space “”proactively”.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF5pxnXwMBY

4. I appreciated this nice video originally from:

The family activities help parents let kids put knowledge into practices, and connect learning with social life.

5. I appreciated +Kelly MacMath’s curation.https://kmacmath.wordpress.com/. She used pinterest to curate the resources of Shakespeare to teach students. Great curation!

6. Today’s technology is so advanced easily make people to believe something. Recently, a new technology activity is very popular in China which is called “Hong Bao” . People play games online and strive for “Hong Bao” . Also, during the Chinese new year, parents gave children ” Hong Bao ” through “we chat” app instead of giving cash. People like to show Hong Bao on the app let others know how much they won. I won 20 dollars HongBao from my friend.

7. I just noticed that I received a badge for blogging from Helga Porter. I feel surprised and motivated. Thank you!


Seek seven Sunday

1.I appreciated we discussed about portfolios with Paul Allison. It recalled that I made a portfolio last semester for my Curriculum Theory Class. I gathered all the paper I wrote, all the resources I searched in this portfolio. I enjoyed the process of making portfolio, it helped me make all the documents organized and categorized, and it also became a useful resource for my future study. When I review it , it recalls me every steps I experienced in this course. I like the suggestion of using online portfolio, it is an interesting way to use electronics to create students assessment portfolios.

2. I appreciated I create my first badge after getting the “badge” idea from Wednesday’s class. My badge was called show your love, and it was for person who showed the most love/kindness to people around us. I hope it would encourage people to actively and bravely show their loves as well.

3. I think it is great way to give out badges in the class. Creating badges for students who made the most progress, students who behaved very well , students who followed the instruction appropriately, and students who actively cleaned the classroom…Badges could be created for any appropriate reasons, and they are also rewards to help students build confidence and encourage students perform better.

4. I appreciated my classmates’ dedication and passion in creating badges. They are all creative and meaningful badges.

5. After watching Lauren Tan’s teaching, I got important instructions to be a good teacher: “Once you’re in my classroom, you become a part of my family” -Creating an inclusive classroom should be every teacher’s mentality. “Being able to be outside of box really makes difference”-Innovative and creative teaching should be advocated in today’s classrooms. Lauren Tan also works with Watts Youth Collective, and promotes the social change through the media. He supports his students to create Watts’s profile through using workshops, videos and media. I appreciated his words: Teaching is not a job to me, its something I live.

6. I appreciated that it seems I become more proficient in using social media after taking this course. I’d like to post something I thought. I read or I watched and share with others. Also, I  share something I learned here through Chinese social media apps, so my friends in China are able to see the environment in America and my experiences here.

7. I read the article “Be Proactive in Managing Classroom Behavior”.. This article provides teachers with simple ideas to proactively manage behavior and the classroom in general rather than having to react after a problem occurs. I think these strategies can be effective in students’ management.

Be Proactive in Classroom Management


Jingru Chen


Hello spring break! This week we have a long week for spring break. Even though most my friends go traveling for vacation, I stay in this area to travel around and still found many things new and interesting to me.

1. I am inspired by the CL checklist posted by +Kelly MacMath : http://connectedlearning.tv/sites/connectedlearning.tv/files/CL-Checklist-K12Educators.pdf. It gives me an organized form about connected learning, and also guides me how to implement and practice these principles in my program.

2. I want to share an video about openly networked learninghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pleB8URTPKQ, which presents that online platforms and digital tools can make learning resources abundant, accessible, and visible across all learner settings.

3. “If teaching is a process of teachers loving what they do in front of their students as a way of conveying passion and excitement and curiosity, as one of my favorite teachers describes, then the connected learning principle of openly networked is about creating opportunities for students and teachers to discover those people who love what they know to share that love with others” -Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom. I like the description of connected learning process. It facilitates teachers and students share and convey passion, interests and knowledge with people through such an open and transparent channel.

4. I like the post of +Christina Cantrill:http://dmlcentral.net/blog/s-craig-watkins/what-schools-are-really-blocking-when-they-block-social-media. While I was reading this article, it reminded me of my schooling period,  schools didn’t allow students to use social media and technology device on campus. Because they would easily distract students’ attention and students also possibly misuse them. So, we couldn’t connect with people and communities in a big world, and we couldn’t find resources and important information which could be used in the classroom. As the world is turning to be digital, it is crucial for schools to realize the importance of connected networking , and a successful education should be teaching students how to be engaged in learning through social media rather than block students’ interests in social media.

5. I feel happy I got a nice feedback from my fieldwork supervisor. She praised my passion and patience with children in after-school program, it gave me a lot of motivation to put more efforts in.

6. This video presents the expectations of students about their schools and teacher, and it helps educators give more concerns about students needs instead of only giving them requirements.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K96c-TGnSf4

7 A connected learning classroom designed in south korea to learn English and connect students over the world:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTYWMBtsW94.

My passion in connected learning

What am I passionated about connected learning? I will say I am not an individual learner any more, and it brings me a lot of accompanies and supports for my learning journey. It makes learning connected with friends, peers, classmates, teachers, coworkers, people have common interests, purposes, values, and even strangers. We get involved in communities to contribute, share and give feedbacks, so we all can get benefits in this kind of efficient learning.

Another part of connected learning I am greatly passionated about is the utilization of technology and social media. They are making a big difference in learning: Laptop is encouraged to take to class to take notes and search resources, and it brings we more choices and environments to take classes. Social media, such as facebook, twitter, google+ and blog which is largely used to communicate with people, record our lives, share purpose and collect information. We click button to post,  click button to share, click button to tweet, click button to make comments and click button to join different communities and find our interests. Through this process, we efficiently share our experiences or skills in specific areas, ask questions and get solutions and advices.

I love connected learning which makes people connected in such a big learning network, as well as it constantly produces engaging and powerful learning.

Jingru Chen


Search seven Sunday:

Graduates’ life! So stressful! Lots of assignments due last week. I made a big mass in study, and I almost forgot to post my seven appreciation for the week. I think I should have a reminder to remind me of posting. Here are my findings I want to share with you:

Last Wednesday, we discussed about “Pi Day” in the class. I learned that March 14th is Pi day,and people in the world celebrate mathematical “π” on that day. I heard American teachers will bring Pi to students and do a lot of activities around “π” in the classroom. And people in math major will hold a party for this special day. I never celebrated “Pi Day” in China, I ever competed with my classmate by memorizing the numbers of π, and students who are able to memory the completedπ are considered as talented children. I think the celebration of “Pi Day” is a meaningful way to develop math culture.

Another concept I got in Wednesday’s class in Meme. I didn’t totally understand what ” Meme” refers to. Then I googled it and now I know A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture” Meme is important for our connected learners to convey and exchange perspectives and performances within a community.

I joined a toefl community. It is an online community and established for Chinese students to prepare toefl test.  People in this community are who need to take toefl text and who already passed the test. Participants share experiences and skills for toefl, and we also share important knowledge and information about the texts. I am glad that I joined in this community which offers me a lot useful resources.

I like https://plus.google.com/u/0/explore/etmoochat from +Christina Cantrill. It showed me 37 definition of connected learning, and it helped me deeply understand connected learning is such a substantial and profound approach.

i am very grateful for that I have good directors who are helping my fieldwork. They show me a lot of strategies and direction to manage a classroom, communicate with children,  help them solve problems and facilitate their learning. I have written down most skills which I could use in my future classroom.

“Differentiation can feel daunting and challenging at times.  It is helpful to get feedback from others about your teaching approaches in an effort to ascertain how well you are differentiating to meet the needs of your students”. In this video which showed in my inclusive education class I feel very enjoyed, and it presents the ways that the teacher used in differentiating science class to facilitate children’s participation and understanding.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhqEnExx2Ic

I love TED talks. Enjoy this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0s_M6xKxNc

Jingru Chen