Curate Annotate Future #clmooc Final Make


Thank you again to the participants and facilitators of #clmooc. It’s been a connective, reflective, detective adventure.

I appreciate the feedback conversations and tips to move from failure to success, and I hope I have helped others.

This has been inspiring because of the many options, extensive models, encouraging feedback, and uplifting conversations in the #clmooc blog and G+ community.

Lots of inspiration occurred; I stuck with it because of the Writing as Making hangout on July 2nd. The Google Doc Notes helped me focus on what inspired me to continue the mooc. Here’s my curation  for my final make in response to Curate and Annotate. This curation answers:

What influenced me? How? What did I do? What will I do in the future?


I’ve always expected my students to write as authors, with plenty of time for their own journal writing and choices in assignments. Now those options can be collaborated and connected using the thinking involved in not just the writing process, but the design process. Writing that is natural to the student’s author within, with lots of feedback and models from which to chose how and what to share with their readers. How can these authentic and connected writings occur?

How about:  Connect2Learn as a hub to connect teachers and students.

A Hub: to make these happen in a connected way — connect, create, participate, present. Students and teachers posting “make” ideas and results/products for themselves and others for connections and collaboration. A place for audience consideration, where writers make for readers — and other writers. What better way to learn writing?

Connect2Learn — with an invitation for collaboration and co-creation of it.

One blog connected to classes with collaboration in Wikis or other places; this blog is the hub. Using Paul’s idea, three or more classes would connect in this space; others also could add if stumbled upon during the sharing.

But it’s more than a hub. Both this blog and Connect2Learn are but two nodes within ever larger networks. They are stopping spots, 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.

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?

Resources in Video:

Evernotes Review: What to Curate?  Curate Notes

July 2 Hangout

Hangout Notes

My Initial Reflection

On my wall at school is this quote: “Writing is hard fun. ~ Donald Murray” This sets the tone for learning about writing — for the work of pulling out the personal imaginings and transforming them into thoughts on paper, on media, in digital to discover the joy, the fun, of creating something that others also appreciate. Because writing is hard fun.

 Thimble: Writing as Making: Thinking As Form

Word Fotos: Janis Jones Maria Selke Note: I use Visual Poetry  Possibility for analysis visual with text for science and social studies or literature.

Chad Sansing: 10 Book Memoir Post and Example

My Try with 10 “READS” which links to a blog post and a Flickr Image that takes you to my current reads. These linked images could be used to share research, ideas for topics, sharing for comments, sharing current reads for reviews.

 Chad Sansing Thimble Profile and Template

My remix into literary sharing: Music in My Mind

What lyrics linger in your mind? How are they connected to your world? Why do they linger? How does your reason connect to the original text and possible author intent?

Common Core State Standards expect analysis of words and phrases, text dependent analysis and understanding. What if students share these — could be lyrics, poetry, literature. Share, discuss, compare.

Mapping in the Middle by Amy Cody

Synthesize main ideas; include own translation dependent on image/text linked to place

My Map: Autobiography in Poetry

Not only could students tell their own or a book’s story, but also write poetry to create the power of words and begin an understanding of poetic empowerment and creation, such as personification of a found rock in its location (science).

Karen’s Hack This Journal

This is a great make: put on class blog and allow students to create their own “journal hacks,” sharing responses.

Idea by Paul McGuire for School PLN

Three schools develop student — perhaps staff — PLN together.

This is similar to what I was thinking — A Hub: Where to make these happen in a connected way — connect, create, participate, present.

Connect2Learn is that hub– with an invitation for collaboration and co-creation of it.

A Place to Connect —

YouthVoices by Paul Allison– Set up for students to express themselves.



#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).



Expanding Universes #etmooc #midleved


Small Universe: My Hub

I’m still getting a handle on this #etmooc. And I think I’ve got it. If you are still unsure, just watch the video at The Clever Sheep by Rodd Lucier. He discusses the hub of our #etmooc.

So, I translated / remixed that info into my own vlog:




Lyrics: Natural Science by Rush


Larger Universe: More Hubs


But, what does that mean? I connect with an idea, then I send it out to others. Here’s my first shot: I attended the Intro Webinar Monday, Jan 21, 2013 with Alec Couros to discover the historical timeline of connected learning.  Of course, we’ve always been connected, just not instantly and to so many and at any time. He asked for reflections on a few questions, or our own, and I chose these to send out to middle level colleagues:

  • How important is connected learning? Why?
  • Is it possible for our classrooms to support this kind of learning? If so, how?
  • What skills and literacies are necessary for connected learning?
  • How do we develop these?

I’ve already sent these to my friend, Denise Krebs, in a comment on my blog, and will also ask for ideas from several other middle level educators I’ve met, sending out rhizomes into their hubs. Together, perhaps we can begin the journey of bringing connected learning to our students while we continue to learn connectedly ourselves. We can reflect and blog, connected our blogs together into a community as a model for our students. My next post will be my own first draft thoughts on these questions.

If you are a middle level educator, will you join us?


Journey: Connect, Consider, Converse, Curate, #ETMOOC

1  #ETMOOC : What are we to do?  First, connect with others and consider their ideas.

Connect & Consider

I started the #ETMOOC not knowing anything, except that I could connect with a massive number of amazing people. I floundered awhile and connected with Ben Wilkoff; I considered his vlog ideas about making meaning from the bits by stringing them together. We participants will have a massive amount of information to peruse.

2 Next, converse with the authors of those ideas — understand them.


I responded to his vlog through a vialogue conversation which I embedded into my post “Coalesced Connections” and asked for further conversations on this idea with others. Ben replied on the vialogue and then another vlog. Our conversations resulted in new learning for both of us: he learned about vialgues and #geniushour (See Denise Kreb’s post), and I learned to consider my own questions and to find ways to curate the information I chose to follow in our #ETMOOC. Ben introduced me to Storify, Pearltrees, and IFTTT as ways to annotate and organize those bits of information I want to synthesize and share in meaning and action.

3 Then, curate the sources and the meaning so as Ben, in his vlog, “Mutually Beneficial Friction: How We Stop Skimming The Surface Of Ideas” says, we “string together enough of those concepts and putting them together within a context that makes sense to you and me and is useful to my learning or my learners’ learning…I want to take these twelve things that people are talking about and pull together them together into something that makes sense… Remix… Creation.”


 The first thing I did after my conversation with Ben was to think through the questions I may want to pursue as well as organize my understanding of what #ETMOOC means. I also organized the #ETMOOC information, our conversations, and other information in my first Storify.

My Questions:

  • Given the access, technology, resources, and requirements available to me, how can I create a classroom world reflective of what my students need in the future that is theirs?
  • How do I need to adapt my pedagogy to create that classroom?
  • How will like-minded teachers connect and collaborate to create connected spaces for themselves and with their students?

My Storify

My About #ETMOOC


 What will I create or remix? It’s only the first week! How about you? Have you considered questions? Connected? Begun conversations? Found a way to curate your discoveries to make meaning for yourself? How has your journey started?