#clmooc #f5f Reflection Curation Week 4

Amazing “makes” this week reflecting on our philosophies of education, making, teaching, and learning. There are so many different stories and ways to express ideas. Please review my five (seven) #f5f Find Friday’s in the presentation above, then think: What are my favorite #f5f during this #clmooc? Click here, and add yours to create a collection of fabulous reflections and makes. Let’s curate a little here!


And, one final Connected Learning Credo, after a reflection from Anna Smith. (see previous post).



#clmooc Why a credo? Cycle 4 reflection



Thanks to Anna Smith for helping me think about this… Why publish a credo?

I’ve found, if I can articulate what I believe, what I understand , I am better able to ask questions and consider other ideas. I will know if I need to change my mind; I will be leading myself forward instead of following, and I will know why.

Sharing opens one to acceptance and rejection, a scary place. Sharing begins a dialogue. Sharing prompts thinking. It allows us to understand different perspectives. What works in my corner of the world may not in yours. How will we grow connected learning precepts without considering the beliefs behind the ideas?

My credo is a draft because I’m still thinking about this “connected learning” and its implications for teaching and learning, especially in my district. I had to start where I am now. By sharing, I’ve found hints of what is relevant for connected learning in the comments, and what is important to others. I am beginning to form a more focused credo for connected learning that bridges what I believe about learning in general. So Anna, you may be right in thinking that making with words — words that touch our personal beliefs — may be more difficult to commit to.

Why share publicly in this community? For me, its because the community welcomes participation as well as expects it. Everyone’s ideas are important and valued. We are trying to understand “the value assumptions that are the bedrock of our makes and of Connected Learning itself.” I wonder if what we are doing is in developing these beliefs, is what we will ask students to do in the Common Core:  identify claims and analyze and explain them. We are thinking through what is true.

Sharing will build a common set of beliefs, a manifesto, that includes all our perspective places and ideas. That final manifesto may not occur; it’s too early perhaps in this transformation of education of which which this clmooc is a part. And that’s why the community gives us choice to participate or not.

But wouldn’t that be something, if this “connected learning” community developed such a set of beliefs, together?

I’m going back to the drawing board, and this page:

Thanks for inspiring me, Anna, to consider, Why a credo? Why share?

Credo I believe… #clmooc #teachtheweb



What do you believe?

That’s the question / make this week for our #clmooc. I was honored to participate in the Hangout on Monday with an amazing group of educators. The Make With Me hangout discussed credos, featuring +TERRY ELLIOTT +Chris Lawrence +Chad Sansing +Bart Miller +Sheri Edwards and +Kevin Hodgson, check out the archive video and chat. I was nervous, and Terry did a great job facilitating, with help from others monitoring the chat. When you listen, you will here how we are all working in the #clmooc at our own pace, that we could be activists for our school to make changes, that what we do is a work in progress. For your credo, we talked about going with your gut, personalize it, and think about your students. Lots of great info.

How do you start writing a credo? I’ve always tried to connect my beliefs about education and learners to the vision of where I work. Here’s a page on how I connect our school’s mission statement to my own pedagogy. It seemed important to me to reflect on how what I do connects to our mission — how I make our mission happen. I read that before I started writing and after I read all the terrific examples provided by our facilitators for this week.

But then I asked myself, what is most important to me? At the top if this page is a motto I follow. So what does that mean? After talking to Terry (tweets) I created this video:

But guess what? It’s only remixable in Popcorn! I wanted it to be simple and clean, but represent what I know from my experience to be so important when working with middle school kids.

This is supposed to be connected learning! However, the credo is YOURS, so create away!

Is a splashly one like — I think it was Chris — dynamic.-  more your style? Or a coded thimble like Chad‘s? or a flowchart / diagram like Bart’s?  Will you join with others to create a manifesto?

Remember, go with your heart, try to consider the three elements of connected learning: equity, full participation, and social connectedness or social embeddedness.

I went back to the drawing board and listed what I believed in again. It depends on the context that you frame it. Here are ideas in a reflection from #etmooc. And– here’s my popcorn video taken from parts of my list, rearranged according to the three elements. It flows better with “I believe…”  I wish the music would play through, though, and not stop at the pauses. And it’s still not right. It’s still too much, don’t you think?


But think about it: I’m doing all the things we want, we need, kids to do: think, plan, try, test, share, revise, review, think, plan, organize, share, try, test, review, revise, repeat. Add, delete, substitute, elaborate, illustrate, explain. Get the message clear. And that takes time, and with connections and feedback, it improves.

How will you create a concise credo to reflect connected learning?

clmooc Summary of Report

A lot to think about, but then there’s this:



Just start with this and write…



I found an amazing pianist on SoundCloud: GracieGoose and her composition for a Main Theme: Short Film  I used in the Popcord Credo, but you’ll want to here it without interruptions.