#clmooc Summer Camp ends Saturday



The #clmooc Summer Camp ends. Always, we don’t want the fun to end, and we don’t want to say Good-byes. But we know the day is coming for hugs and moving on.

Moving on, rather than letting go, means to carry this experience on.

So what will you continue? What will you build on? What will you build?

One of my goals is to build a place of options for my students — alternatives to the daily grind to inspire their passions, to expect them to add to the “bank,” and to bring joy back into the classroom.

The journey in the making, in the learning, in the doing is as important as the stated goal and the final product. I love how Paul Oh and others refer to “planning for the possible” in Tuesday’s hangout chat. Terry Elliot frequently reminds of the “emergent possible” (DML YouTube),  the learning that emerges because it’s needed but not planned for. These are what I see in the classroom every day — each student gleaning what s/he needs and more, and often in spite of the stated objective.

So like the facilitators and participants in the #clmooc experienced, this learning together, learning in conversation, and learning different skills in different ways, I hope to do more of in my classroom. I have projects to continue and mandates to manage, but I want more for my students, an opportunity to experience the joy of choosing and learning together or independently on their own interests or their own options.

I’ve started Connect2Learn (which I’ve written about here in a curation piece) to be a place for my students and I to create “makes” that fit our requirements and our passions, but by providing options that “plan for the possible rather than the outcome.” as Paul Oh considered in the chat. It is a place designed for you, as well, to join in and contribute to stay connected and to connect students together. All who stop by may join in creating and sharing “makes” from all that is possible.

Connect2Learn and this blog are viewpoints and interpretive centers, for travelers in their learning journey. Our individual and group communities are places to sign in and participate to learn, gather and share ideas, and move on to share with others. We are connected learners traveling for ourselves and to make our communities better.

The Make Six of #clmooc asks us, Where are we going? How will we stay connected?” I hope to stay connected through this blog, Connect2Learn, Beyond Cycle 6 in the #clmooc G+ community, following up with Stephanie West-Puckett’s CL Planning

 How about you?

Staying Connected

Will add your make partners to you blogroll? twitter feed?

Will you start or continue a #clmooc chat?

Will you post to the Beyond Cycle 6 in the #clmooc G+ community?

Will you create a cooperative/collaborate blog like Cooperative Catalyst or Wordsmith Agora?

Will you join Connect2Learn to continue making, connecting with teachers and students?

Will you join Youth Voices, Paul Allison’s successful platform to allow students to express themselves?


Making Forward

Will you add to Digital Is  as Chad Sansing has?

Will you post to the Beyond Cycle 6 in the #clmooc G+ community?

Will you build a community like Youth Voices, or Connect2Learn for your situation?

Will you create a Genius Hour / Google 20% Time within your class or school?

Will you review the curation at Learnist and blog about it?


Moving On

Keep your experience alive… honor the experience by sharing it forward…

Where are you going? How will you stay connected?”

What place, viewpoint, community will you build or join to continue our #clmooc experience?

Will you stop a while and share? Will you share your node so we can add it to the neighborhood?


Writing Today #clmooc in the future

Connected Learning Notes

Writing. It’s thinking. It’s planning. It’s research. It’s design. It’s everything about being a digital learner, and more for connected learners. If you aren’t sure what that means, visit the National Writing Project’s Digital Is community,  DML’s Connected Learning site, the Connected Learning blog, the Connected Learning Mooc, follow the Twitter hashtag #clmooc.

The many members of this community “made” many projects and wrote about them all over a six week period.  See many of the “makes” in the posts at Connected Learning Mooc and in the Make Bank. However, the goal or the project is the application of these ideas, projects, “makes,” and the thinking/writing/design processes they embody in the classrooms and programs coming up in the next school year.

What does that look like? Here’s a group of teachers collaborating to figure it out, a Google Document shared by Stephanie West-Puckett. Or how about Scott Glass’s Mozilla Thimble make, “remix-of-create-your-own-comic-a-starter-make.” Notice the “Remix” button in the top right? If you click that, remix your own. Here’s mine (Make Comp Plan), a plan to share with students on developing ideas for writing compositions, or to plan for something specific using code, images, and captions.

Who are these people? Mostly strangers with an itch to stick together the fabric of education so it works again, for students and teachers. That is what connected learning is: connected learners of all ages and places connecting their ideas, projects, resources, and reflections to learn, share, and collaborate together to improve education. And we are thinking, planning, revising, designing, reflecting, sharing, collaborating, remixing, and on and on.

Why not join us at the Connected Learning Mooc? We’ll share all the plans we’re making for applying our ideas to the classroom and to our communities.

Cross posted at: Wordsmith Agora