5C's Reflection

By: Lorrie Palm

Connect & Communicate - The Why & The Potential...

Collaborate - The Why & The Potential...

Create - The Why & The Potential...

Curate - The Why & The Potential...

My Understanding of the 5 C's

Overall, this assignment helped me to deepen my understanding of the 5 C's. One thing I did discover is that my teaching job tends to drive my use of the 5 C's much more heavily than my personal life. In my personal life I text and visit Facebook regularly, but only occasionally do I use any other tools such as Viber or Facetime to connect across distances, and I rarely use technology tools to create unless it is for work. I have used Pinterest to save pins, but I have never commented, and unless I count email and bookmarking websites, I do not really curate for personal reasons either. Although, since discovering Pocket, I think I might. Otherwise, everything I use is to help me in my job in some capacity.


I was quite familiar with the first four C's (Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, and Create) before starting this project, but it was a great exercise for me to take a deep dive into some new tools and be thoughtful about the tools I have been using or would like to use. It was a great metacognitive exercise for me to reflect and understand the why of each of these tools. As I was playing in the sandbox, I had to think about the affordances and drawbacks of the tools and how they fit in to my overall technology use. I use many more tools than I wrote about for this assignment (the rest of the Google apps for Educators, Twitter, Symbaloo, Nearpod, Thinglink, Piktochart, Newsela, Jellybeanscoop, Diigo), and I experimented with other tools that may or may not become a part of my repertoire (Flipsnack, Paper.li, Popplet, Easel.ly, Scoop.it, Smore...even though I used the last two for this assignment).


The Curation piece was new to me, or at least the language in the technology context was. I have been curating for a while; I just never knew that was what I was doing. Through this assignment I have become more thoughtful and systematic in the items I curate. And, I realize that to be a true curator, I need to add value to what I choose and share rather than just hoarding it (and I gather information like a magpie) or sharing it willy-nilly.


I am very cognizant that we are all overburdened by the amount of information that inundates us every day, and I do not want to add to my colleagues angst by sending out articles without a lot of forethought. I am very careful about what and how I share information at work. (My Twitter feed allows me more freedom in this area, but I still try to be thoughtful with my posts and make sure I am contributing something worthwhile.)


Overall, I discovered that I like to use tools that allow me to multitask. If I can find a tool that can be used for several of the 5 C's, I much prefer to use it rather than use several different tools that fulfill only one purpose. Using time well is so critical in our classrooms today and with the right apps, my students and I are able to accomplish so much more if we can use a tool with multiple applications.