In Real Time Data Moves Forward Add Yours with #clmooc

In Real Time: Click to see data move forward this second…

Click the animation to open the full version (via

[Sources at bottom of linked page.]

What do we do with so much data?  Make sense of it, and add your own little bit!

As Steve Hargadon says:


Photo Credit: Denise Krebs (@mrsdkrebs) as part of our Extend the Conversation presentation where we added a few bits of our own. We both tweet and blog to share what we learn.

So  think about it: the world is a much bigger place, and a much smaller one. We can connect with others anywhere in the world with Internet access. We can learn and remix the ideas of others, innovating and collaborating together. Together, we can make the world better.

One way to begin is to join a community such as Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration: CLMOOC.  It’s a welcoming community for anyone to drop in, see what we’re doing, lurk, comment, create in ways that fit your needs and time. Click on the links below for more information.

What is Connected Learning?

What are the goals?

How do I sign up?

When is it?  Remember, you can participate in many ways, big and small, at any time.

Where is the community? [ Google Plus ]

How do I follow? #clmooc Twitter?

Connected Learning helps us make sense of all the information and ground it in our daily lives.

How are you making sense of the information?

What are you adding?

Will you join #clmooc and help us learn together?


Cross-posted at Sheri42

Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness…
Reflect curiosity and wonder…

Live to make the world less difficult for each other. ~ George Eliot

An Adventure — Digital Story Collaboration #etmooc #ceetopen

An Adventure in 5 by GrammaSheri
How do you create an adventure story?

You invite your Professional / Personal Learning Neighborhood to join in on the fun!

Inspired by Digital StoryTelling #etmooc number seven (Choose Your Own Adventure), I adapted the idea and invited my friends, none of whom I’ve ever met!

Thanks to my PLN: @mrsdkrebs @gallit_z @MsLHall @lindapemik via one tweet to Denise Krebs, who passed it on to Gallit, who passed the story on to Ms Hall, who passed in on to Linda, we now have a story, and hopefully five stories in five steps.

Here’s the invitations and brief directions:

an adventure invite from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo.


On our Adventure in 5 Google Presentation, the directions are:

On the first slide is a drawing, the beginning.

Please add to the tale in the next slide with your drawing You may copy my drawing and edit it, or create another new drawing.

When your tale has extended the story, invite another person to add to the next slide. Add your name to the title slide.

When we have 5 drawings, each of us will outline a different “adventure” in Mind42 from story slide 1 to story slide 5 (that’s three choices in the middle).I will invite you to collaborate — send me your email at grammasheri at gmail dot com


If possible, when we all have an adventure, each of us can “narrate” the story by rearranging the slides and screencasting our own story. I can do it for those without access to screencasting. Link to your story on the first slide.

For screencasting, the directions were:

Adapted from #etmooc
7: Plan a “Choose Your Own Adventure Story” (Collaborate)  Adaptation:
Draw an object Then ask a peer to draw a related object. Pass your peer’s drawing on to another peer and have them draw a related object. Keep doing this until you have 5 drawings (including your original object).
Create a story that links the original object with the last object drawn. What is the connection between the first object and the last object?
Write a brief story, then try to create multiple pathways that a user could go through the story. Use a mind-mapping tool

Screencasting tools:

Built in to QuickTime on a Mac — How to

I used SnagIt to screencast, then imported to iMovie to add the music loop included in iMovie.

The Slideshow

I wonder what you would do with this idea?



Live Learning

I can’t help it. I’m curious. I wonder a lot. My students giggle when something strikes me as interesting and I MUST discover more.

I know it takes time, and that we don’t learn because some one wants us to; we learn because we want to.

So when I explained to my husband time and again on our country walks about the hexagonal/pentagonal shapes of the basaltic columns upon which we hiked, that concept slipped in one ear and out the other. Until one day, he stopped and looked down and around at the top of the columns.

“Look,” he exclaimed. “Each of these basalt columns are shaped like a pentagon. That must be how the lava cooled.”

“Yep,” I nodded and smiled, because we learn when we are ready.

Knowing that makes it difficult to teach in a testing world where pacing calendars and interventions fill every moment of every day.

But because I know this, and because I wonder, I learn along with my students — I learn what they, and I, wonder about. We squeeze it in; I work it into the lessons. Without their wonder; they can’t learn.

So, I live learning.

And when my  granddaughter joined twitter in 2007, I joined twitter to be a good grandma and monitor her online presence. And that was the beginning of an amazing learning experience.

I met my friend, whom I’ve never met in person, Denise Krebs. We heard about Connected Educator Month and decided to put our ideas together and present!  We had learned much together and through our PLN that we wanted to share with others. We jumped into sharing, and not just lurking.

Here’s one of our trailers:

Digital Learners Extend the Conversation from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo. A second trailer is here: Give a Little Bit

and here’s the info on our presentation:

Extend the Conversation
Jump in
Join, Lurk, Learn, Extend
Build your own bytes.

Denise Krebs @mrsdkrebs
Sheri Edwards @grammasheri

It was so much fun planning it in Google Docs, on Twitter, and with Google Hangout. We hope it helped someone else jump in and connect with others in our global world. I hope to add more with the connections in #ETMOOC , extending the conversation and the network to build knowledge for others.

So, thanks to Denise, (and many others in our Google+ / Twitter PLN, I’ve continued learning through more than just “lurking.” And I’ve joined the #ETMOOC to continue that conversation, inviting others to join in, and learning more. I need the inspiration to brighten my own and my students’ test practicing days. I want my students to see how I continuously learn — wherever I am.

How about you? Have you been impacted by your personal learning network? Has it helped you jump up and out into the cloud of conversation? Have you brought that inspiration back into your classroom?