Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

I. I’m learning that when a glorious day comes in Portland OR,  you drop everything and head outside. Saturday was one of those days: azure sky, crisp spring air, new leaves bouncing in a light breeze. Me,  I headed indoors and spent my afternoon in a dark, windowless space, staring at a screen. I had snagged one of the 20 spots in a workshop at The Northwest Film Center […]

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#SOL17: In Which I See The Obvious

#SOL17: In Which I See The Obvious

I miss my desk. I miss my books. I think I miss my books more. For two months, my things have sat in storage, waiting to be summoned to the new house. Poor house, with its listing foundation pillars and rotted sill plates, its mold-infested basement and muddy crawlspaces, its sewer conjoined illegally to the neighbors’, its cracked ductwork with traces of unmentionable inhabitants. It […]

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CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO: S L O W Chat Observations

CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO:  S L O W  Chat Observations

CLMOOC’s official make-a-thon may have come to a close after the summer, but connections have stayed alive in the G+ and Facebook communities. An now there’s the CLMOOC Popup. As one of CLMOOC noble (and somewhat anonymous) instigators leaders writes, “The notion of Pop-Up Make Cycles is that they pop up suddenly, do their thing (and invite you to do your thing, so we can […]

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Hacking a Construction Site

Hacking a Construction Site

I had a meeting in Manhattan yesterday. It was a great autumn day to stroll along West 122nd St. Naturally, there’s ongoing construction; I passed the pit where an apartment building once stood. Workers were busily erecting the large board fences to keep gawkers and other nefarious people out. The dark green boards were pristine except for the stenciled white command to “Post No Bills.” The […]

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CLMOOC as Metaphor

CLMOOC as Metaphor

For the first time since I entered kindergarten, I am officially unaffiliated with any educational institution. I’m no longer a student, teacher, supervisor, teacher educator, parent, volunteer, or whatever other role you can think of. My lack of official affiliation may be why I dove into CLMOOC 2016 with such gusto. Not that I produced many artifacts that crossed modes or mixed others’ work, but I thought […]

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Celebrating CLMOOC Connections

Celebrating CLMOOC Connections

CLMOOC 2016 has sped by. This third week has been devoted to celebrating connections. Things on the G+ community seem to have continued as usual, with all kinds of creations being put forth and played with. As well, there have been some reflections about connections different folks have made and appreciated. What strikes me about CLMOOC is its fluid, ongoing nature. People waft in and […]

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Remix Redux: Thoughts During #CLMOOC Break

Remix Redux: Thoughts During #CLMOOC Break

It’s break week at CLMOOC, a great chance to take stock of what I’ve been thinking about. Turns out it’s a lot. Review So much great discussion took place after the CLMOOC Remix activity last week. There were active Twitter discussions that spilled into the Thursday Twitter chat (curated here) blog posts (mine, Susan van Gelder’s, Kevin Hodgson’s, and probably others I missed), and @NomadWarMachine’s Storify that summed up […]

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Pondering Remix: A #CLMOOC Reflection

Pondering Remix: A #CLMOOC Reflection

This is Make Cycle #2 in the summer 2016 CLMOOC experience. The theme is connecting through reciprocation and appreciation of one another’s work, artistry, humanity, trials & errors, etc. “Everyone wants an encouraging audience for their work! How do we actively “listen” to others in digital spaces? How can we invite more connections? How can you honor the work of another? How can you show that […]

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Unexpected Smiles: A #CLMOOC Reflection

Unexpected Smiles: A #CLMOOC Reflection

Beginning I’m trying a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). This one is CLMOOC, Making Learning Connected Massive Open Online Collaboration, the offspring of the National Writing Project’s past summer MOOCishness. It’s facilitated by a group of NWP-experienced and MOOC-solid volunteers. My track record with MOOCs is pretty dismal. I dive in with the rest of the mob but typically, within a couple of of weeks, I […]

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