I love to talk, chat, text, email...the list goes on.
I communicate with students, parents, my principal, PLC coach, and my colleagues at my school site everyday. Each of these people I communicate and collaborate with in a different way. I see my kids everyday and we talk, and when they have their email up, they email me. We post questions on our Google Classroom and comment on each other's posts. I use Class Dojo with my parents and they have a messaging feature I use all the time with certain parents. Most of my parents are signed up, but some don't check my messages. Some parents I only talk to at conferences because I have a translator and that is how we communicate. Or I have to communicate with them through a 3rd party. I talk to my principal and we are in email communication. My PLC Coach and I collaborate in many different ways: email, text, chat, Facebook messenger, or phone calls. I communicate with a few colleagues everyday. We make time to talk and check in with one another.
The most surprising thing about the way I communicate and collaborate with all these people is that it happens EVERY day, yet I also feel like I don't get to communicate with my colleagues enough!
Asynchronous communication has to do with taking you time to respond to something, like email or texting. I do these things all the time. I like texting because you can can get your message to someone rather instantly. You don't necessarily have to respond right away, but you receive or send a message instantly.
Asynchronous collaboration has to do with collaborating with a colleague when it's convenient to you, the time frame is very flexible. I don't feel like this is something I do with regularity. With my Teaching in the Digital Age Class, I have these collaborations more often then if I was doing this on my own. It's something that I would like to do more.
Synchronous communication I love this method! It's real time chatting. I like that it's instant. My kids love to chat with me on Google Classroom. Every Monday I post something that they can chat with me and each other. They love it, we are in the same room, but it's cool to chat with each other. I like to chat with my colleagues as well. It's nice to get an instant answer to a question, or vent quickly.
Synchronous collaboration collaborating instantly. I use this kind of collaborating with my PLC coach. We use messenger all the time to bounce ideas off each other. I have also used Google hangouts for PLC meetings.
I have realized that I am really good at Asynchronous and Synchronous communication, but both my collaboration methods need work. I think for the Synchronous collaboration I just need to expand my colleagues I chat with and bounce ideas off of. I am always up for learning new things and trying different ways to collaborate and communicate. So if you see me online, start up a conversation!