I have not been keeping up with my blog entries about my #clmooc experience. In fact, life has really been taking my time hostage. I am pretty sure I put over 1000 miles on my car just taxiing the kids to their activities and friends’ houses. The weekend activities required my #swimmom and #basketballmom attire. I will one day wish these days back….
Back to the #clmooc…. The best part about participating in a MOOC is that there are no “due dates” or assignments that must be complete. I liken this experience to a restaurant smorgasbord… here are your options, take as much or as little as you want. These past few days I have been in lurker-mode. Reading but not much making. This week’s Make Cycle is titled Interest-powered, peer-supported, and connected. From the #clmooc blog, we are asked to consider how, “we focus our thinking and reflection around the Learning Principles in Connected Learning: interest-powered, peer-supported, and connected to larger systems.
As you create and compose this week, we invite you to think about these questions:
- How is what you create driven by your interests?
- How is your learning and making supported by peers?
- How is your learning and making connected to larger systems?”
We are asked to Make with Me using maps. I chose to do a Mindomo mindmap. Since I mostly create things driven by my profession, I created a mindmap on how one would think about starting a new online program. Take a look at My FIRST Mindomo map. It’s not very complex or creative, but it is a start. The cool thing about Mindomo is that it is collaborative. I could send the link to a colleague and he/she could add to it. I am all about collaboration!! The more brains the better!
Back to Make Cycle 3… My “creations” are often driven by professional interests. I LOVE designing new courses, especially those delivered online. I feel online courses allow me to be more creative as I am not bound to the traditional lecture….. though I am breaking free of the lecture… I love teaching, but I would love to help teachers design new courses that integrate constructivism and technology.
It is my goal to implement more problem- inquiry-based activities into my classroom. I just have to use my creativity, peer-support as a #connected educator.