#clmooc #light #constellation collaboration


Chief Astronaut: Kevin Hodgson

In Week 5, our challenge was light. How do we make and write with light? Under the inspiration of Kevin Hodgson , we were invited to remake the night sky with our own constellations and stories. How? He created directions, and let our imaginations take us to find in our #clmooc sky, the stars and stories hidden inside our own worlds. Click on the Star Sky Chart above to enjoy the constellation stories created by us.

Listen to the sounds of our space, courtesy of Kevin: G+Post. Kevin’s Post. Sound Cloud Audio.

Remember who we are.

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden   …..   Joni Mitchell  on Rock.Genius

I think this is my favorite Make of all the #clmooc cycles. It brought people together with different tools. Problems arose and people hacked the solutions. For example, the story length was an issue, so members wrote blog posts of their stories. We were challenged, we were interested, we helped each other, and we created a sky worth viewing.  It brought us to places in memories and imaginings that we shared, like Jennifer Sharpe’s snowstorm and my Three Brown Dots. Thanks you Kevin.!

CLMOOC StarChart Complete


#clmooc #constellation Three Brown Dots



Three Brown Dots

of the Southern Sky

 To say the name is to say the story.

Three Brown Dots

Long ago when we people struggled for survival, we found a friend in the wolf. Yes, often he tagged along as we hunted, waiting for what we left, but soon we discovered that in the morning the fearsome creature left tracks to the new trails of the herd we followed. And soon our relationship grew, each helping the other feed our families.

Around the fire at night, we would see their eyes out in the tall grass or peeking by the pine.

The children would throw scraps to them, and soon they moved in closer, but not too close.

One day, our small one slept under the stars, and when she opened her eyes in the morning, there, a few feet from her, lay a small pup, his head facing her, nose pointing to her as its head rested between its front paws. Brown eyes blinked.

“Three brown dots,” she called out.

The pup’s tail curled up, but all else did not move.

“Three brown dots,” she called again, and tossed a scrap of dried venison to the pup.

And so it was, “Three Brown Dots” and the child became friends, keeping their distance, but knowing each other.

Many moons later as the child became a woman, her friend did not return one morning, and so after days, our people mourned the loss of our “Three Brown Dots.” As we told the story, the young woman looked into the sky and saw there in the southern sky, three twinkling brown stars. And soon she saw her friend, walking in the sky, looking down at her, tail curled.

And today you see Three Brown Dots walking.

See, just there.

And if you say the name, say the story.

In Memory of Our Three Brown Dots


Have you created your constellation? Or your story? Please join the 2014 Constellation Collaboration by

Kevin Hodson’s CLMOOC’s Constellation Collaboration

#clmooc Starts Monday June 16

clmooccorinnethomsenmemesquarplc1It’s Monday (or almost) and time to play!

Build your personal learning network.

Lurk and learn from others who are creating and making.

Join in and make yourself or make together.

Share and use ideas in the Make Bank.

Read what others are doing.

Learn Connected Learning Principles:

Openly-networked, Interest-powered, Shared-purpose, Academically oriented, Peer-supported, Production-centered Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration  #CLMOOC

What does this mean?

From Kevin Hodgson [ Dogtrax ] on Flickr CC 2.0:

Join the fun! How? Walk with me…


Or take a stroll through Blendspace:


#clmooc #geniushour #makerfaire Inspired by 82nd and Fifth Museum Art


Have you been participating in MakerFaire, Connected Learning [#clmooc ], or Digital Storytelling DS106? Has your school embraced #geniushour ? All of these deal with our passions, interests, and sense of community. We love to create things from our interests for fun or for fixing the something in the world.

We have been steeped in information overload, and are beginning to take command of it: we are now sorting and celebrating connections and communities — moving into what we need or love, connecting in ways never before possible with others of like [ or different ] minds, and creating according to the need, sharing and showing what we know so that others may also grow with us. From this, we add to that wonderful web of information in ways that add sense, sentiment, and celebration so the “overload” becomes a stream of stings, knotted in our places, our communities, and organized for our interests. We pull the strings as needed in and out of the net: finding balance in our worlds–face-to-face and online with so much more access and knowledge to help us [and we help others] in both worlds.

This summer you may want to spend some time in and out of the Connected Learning [#clmooc ] — joining when and where you can. It filled my last summer with inspiration from the many new friends I met and from the “makes” I created myself or in collaboration with others.


Today, while browsing on the Tumblr [and I apologize — I’ve lost the post] I was directed to the 52nd and Fifth NetMuseum online where 100 of it’s exhibits are narrated in two-minute explanations of marvelous art work. So here is a quick and easy way to bring art in bits into the classroom for wonder and discussion.  The first exhibit I clicked on, French Dressing, inspired a “make.” I had to see if I could “make” this amazing artifact of historical MakerFaire! The object, a gown by Paul Poiret [1919], is made of one piece of fifteen-yard fabric with only one seam. You have to see it to believe it, and to sigh at its beauty.

So I grabbed a tissue and folded it as in the selected clip watching carefully to discover exactly where to “sew” the seam.


Below in Figure 1 you can see the tape at the top for my seam. I taped all the way across to the right of the middle fold, not to the left of the middle fold. See the video link. Then just like in the video I opened it up with the seam vertical to the workspace and inserted a dolls arms into the opening. The far right fold becomes a cape draping around the shoulders.


Figure 1








You see in Figure 2 that the frayed edge becomes the front to wrap and secure with a belt/buttons.


Figure 2


Figure 3











In Figure 3, you can see the cape top, a draping of the original far left fold in Figure 1. The fold in the middle is created to add the extra material to do the draping. Beneath the “cape top” is nothing. You can see the model wears an evening gown beneath this gown-wrap. Mystery of  “How does that work– one seam in a folded strip of fabric?” Perhaps someone who really is a seamstress will actually sew one of these!  Let me know! I have looked at reversible fabric… but…

And now, what will inspire you?  What will make today? What will you create, and what inspired you?

Take a look at Connected Learning [#clmooc ], and please join us — Sign up today!