Monthly Archives: June 2013

My First TweetChat #clmooc

If you have been following my blog, you will get the sense that I have been dabbling in several new ways to learn and share knowledge.  One of the best aspects of being part of a MOOC, especially one that is focused on Connected Learning, is that I feel very comfortable trying new things.  I am relatively new at Twitter…. I have gone from Lurker to Re-Tweeter to Tweeter, and now to Collaborator through the TweetChat.  However, I felt more like a Lurker in TweetChat than a Collaborator.

Since I had never participated in a TweetChat, the first thing I realized was that it moved really fast and I could not Tweet and read at the same time.  I downloaded TweetDeck so that I could see the Timeline, Interactions, Tweet, and following the #clmooc chat simultaneously.  Worked pretty well, but it was still fast moving (thankfully the Tweets are limited to 140 characters….).  For those who could not make the Chat OR those of us who are slow readers or easily distracted, +Steph West-Puckett compiled the Make Two #clmooc chat using Storify (darn… I have yet to try this!!).

As a result of this chat, the participants decided it would be fun to Make a Stop Motion Video.    I think I’m going to try this one.

Overall, I can definitely see value in a TweetChat for learning.  Not sure how my students would feel about doing one, but I will participate in one again for MY learning.  I think there is a #flipclass TwitterChat on Mondays.  Might “poke my head in” and lurk.

For those of you interested in TweetChats, I found a list of chats here.  As you can see it covers a wide range of topics.  And here is a “How to Survive a TweetChat” survival guide.  It’s pretty funny…. and spot on.  I probably should have read this before I dove in, but I like to try something first then prepare for it.  🙂

Maker Movement #clmooc

Again, “making” is not a passion of mine, but I see the value. As an educator, I need to move outside my comfort zone and offer students alternate ways of learning.. not just learning using the methods that are comfortable with me.  The idea of learning through making is called the Maker Movement.  You can read about it here.

Yesterday in the #clmooc (Connect Learning MOOC), we explored hacking toys.  Not something I actually did, but I was able to view what others were doing.  (I spent most of my day “making” surveys for my dissertation and #flipclass study… so I guess I did “make” something yesterday :).  I participated in a Make with Me hangout last night in Google Hangouts… you can view the archived hangout here.

My 11 y/o son popped in and out and was very interested in the hacking of toys and the conversation about MindCraft that transpired.   Alex is not a traditional learner.  He is creative, kinesthetic, and a great storyteller.  He is at a computer camp this week using Blender to build video games.  Learning this way is ideal for him… he is learning geometry, art, graphics, computer skills, and story telling in a problem-based environment.  The learning is differentiated as there is a wide range of ages and ability levels.  Alex is able to progress through the concepts at his pace.  You can view Alex’s Blender tutorial here.  And a snapshot of his work at computer camp here on Vine.

Emma took to “making” last night as she tried her hand at whoopie pies.  They were pretty good, but we need to work on the filling.  View her process of making whoopie pies here.

Overall, a rich learning experience as this asks me to explore alternate ways of learning and teaching.

#clmooc Try New Apps

Yesterday I tried a few more apps/software that will allow me to share video and photos dynamically and through social media.

Many of the #clmooc participants are using Vine to connect with others through a 6 second video.  I have an Android phone and tablet and was able to easily download it through Google Play.  Through Vine I was able to view my Twitter connections and see their Vine activity.  When I did this, I saw that my 15 year old son was using Vine.  I follow him on Twitter, but he is pretty much inactive.  BUT, he had about 5 videos on Vine!  I chose not to follow him, but I did “like” one of his videos.  Realizing this, he quickly blocked me and said that I was the only old person on Vine and that it was creepy.  I was a little taken aback but pressed the comment.

I asked him if he could see this used as a learning tool.  He said no because Vine only allowed 6 seconds of video.  He saw no use for real learning or sharing information.  My 13 year old daughter quickly chimed in and said that YouTube would be much better.  We also discussed “old people” entering the “teens” social media presence.  Both my teens said they blocked parents on Instagram and Vine.  This brings to question whether using teens’ social media in the classroom is advantageous.  I agree with those who look at this as the Creepy Treehouse Effect (read about it here).  I think some social media is appropriate and beneficial in the classroom (like Twitter where you can follow a hashtag, not a person or FB where you can set up a private group and not be a “friend”).  But the more we enter our students’ space, the more resistance we will get.

I also tried Animoto yesterday.  It is free for videos under 30 seconds.  You can purchase an upgrade ($30/year) if you want longer videos.  I can definitely see a use for a class project if an upgrade was purchased.  As an example, view this States 2013.

I have not tried Storify yet, but plan on playing with it a bit today.  More on that tomorrow.

This week #clmooc participants are entering Make Cycle 2:  Shared Purpose and Open Networks.  “For this second Make Cycle, we focus our thinking and reflection around the Connected Learning Design Principles, exploring the connections we make in open networks around shared purposes. ”  

I’m really looking forward to this week!!  Come back to see how this unfolds!!

#clmooc Week 1

I am amazed at all the creativity bubbling from this group!  Anyone who knows me realizes that I am not very “artsy” or creative with art.  I do not like to sew, knit, cook (I do this to survive), or make things.  I would rather be hiking, biking, swimming, walking, or running.  I am an athlete.  However, I do like to write.  Guess I have to like to write considering I am working on my dissertation and teach online.

A few new items to share about the #clMOOC.  There are SO many cool apps out there.  I don’t have an Ipad, but should probably get one so that I can give these a try.

In addition to Google + and Twitter, we are given the option to subscribe to the Daily #clmooc digital “paper”.  It is processed using paper.li.  I have seen the results of this program, but never explored the options.  As stated on the website, with Paper.li you can “automatically find, publish, & promote engaging articles, photos, and videos from across the web”.  That is exactly what one of the #clmooc facilitators is doing… compiling or curating all the information the participants share.  This looks like something I could use in one of my courses….  I will have to put on my creative thinking cap as to how to implement this….  any ideas are welcome!  (I teach general chemistry and forensics regularly).

We begin “Make Cycle 2” this week.  A Make Cycle is a “time we’ll all be prompted to create and build, digitally as well as materially, individually as well as in community”.  Yikes!  I have to make something!  Maybe I will just focus on “making” lessons that implement an app.  I like doing this…

More tomorrow as I “lurk”, read, contribute a bit in the #clmooc.  So far, it’s a unique experience and one which I feel will give me new connections and creative ideas.

First day #clmooc reflections

I jumped right in to the #clmooc.  Some interesting items to note from a design perspective…

The #clmooc is not housed in what would be considered a “mooc” platform (is there a standard???).  We are not in EdX, Coursera, Open2Study, etc.  From what I am seeing initially, is that the “homepage” is a blog.  Participants connect mainly in Google+ where there is a Making Learning Connect community.  Here is where participants post ideas and connect.  However… there is also a Twitter presence through the #clmooc hashtag and Twitter chats (still need to participate in one of these!).  MOOC participants are also encouraged to write a blog and feed it into the Blog Hub on the Mooc homepage.   Overall, very interesting concept.

On a “cool app”/new web 2.0 tool front… I tried Vizify.  I forgot my LinkedIn password so I was only able to combine my Twitter and Facebook profiles.  Still, very cool app/tool.  One participant also used Vocaroo to post an audio message.  I will have to play around with this to see if there is a length limit.

Some issues I am having…  Google+ is fairly new to me.  Not sure how to Add to Circles.  What circle?  Do I just make one?  I added some folks as “following”, but again, I’m not sure what this means.

I want to add this blog to the Blog Hub.  Not quite sure how to do this.  I was able to set my categories for the #clmooc blog posts, but I don’t know how to enter the RSS feed into the Hub.  Just set up my WordPress blog yesterday before entering the #clmooc, so WordPress is also new to me!

Wow!  Take me back to my dissertation writing!  That is easy compared to this!  BUT, I am not afraid to try new things and I love making connections with others.  So far I got 4 new followers on Twitter from just yesterday’s connections in #clmooc.

Entering the MOOC late….

With all of this talk about MOOCs, I thought I would give one a whirl.  I did not purposely seek out a MOOC, rather I found #clmooc in my Twitter feed!  I am a Twitter newbie, but have found it incredibly useful as part of my #PLN.  Through this I found that I learn best when connected with other individuals with the same interests.  I am definitely a Interpersonal learner!!  The #clmooc looked like a great match!

It began on June 15th, but I was late into the course… June 21st start.  But there is no better start date than the Summer Solstice, right???

I am a bit overwhelmed right now….  I like reviewing a course weeks before the official start date.  This is putting me out of my comfort zone, but it is a good learning experience.

The first thing I had to do was go into the Google + community where it appears all the action is.  Fortunately, I had a G+ account.  I quickly read the posts and add my first Intro post with a link to my prezi/camtasia resume.  Then I posted seeking others interested in #flipclass #highered or #edtech.  I had one response within 3 minutes!  Hoping for more!