#F5F #ff June 28 #clmooc What Else to Learn?

whatelse_badge Time flies. It’s really July 5, so I’m a week behind. But these are people I connected with and learned from. I apologize for the short review — but you can check out the links to learn more:

#clmooc Facilitators:

Joe Dillon says: “Developing a habit of mind, or an ethos, with students or colleagues, that rules, norms,traditions can be remixed and tinkered with.”

 Terry Elliot: “Hacking is a stance, literally a place where you stand. And that can be very idiosyncratic.” and “Improvisation is hacking, right. The hacking attitude is already inside us.”


Twitter Chat —- Tips for Writing

Jun 25 2013, 5:55 PM

mtechman: And art teachers – esp people like @fuglefun and @iansands, @theresamcgee – their students make stuff then hack each other’s stuff,elem and HS…

Jun 25 2013, 5:55 PM

Seecantrill: Check this out too @rita,http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/4633

Our Hackjam: Hacking the Story | NWP Digital Is

Jun 25 2013, 5:56 PM

mtechman: Pam Moran was quoting the College Board re better writing scores from students who blog.

Jun 25 2013, 5:55 PM

sglass771: tellio–I agree. I have seen students did into a text much more meaningfully when trying to find material for a mash up than when looking for a quote to drop in an essay.

Jun 25 2013, 6:02 PM

sglass771: Graphic arts and using found material–Austin Kleon is a good model of this. My students got into doing newspaper black out.

Jun 25 2013, 6:01 PM

mtechman: Fail! Fix! Repeat!

Jun 25 2013, 6:01 PM

sglass771: Kind of a riff on treated texts–like Humument, but popup form.


Cynthia Davidson

Creates animation with Adobe Premiere Pro, including a hack of my Vine: Where’s that cat been?  Thank you, Cynthia.

Hack her About Me Thimble (I plan to) https://cyndeewillow.makes.org/thimble/2029


Joe Dillon

If you watched the HangOut for the Toy Hack, here’s Joe’s Pony hack


April Jollie’s happy slinky creature.

Loved the color and creativity in this slinky hack by April.


Karen Young

It’s A Wonderful Life by Barbie and Ken  And everyone love’s her voice in this rendition.


Alison Coombs

MasksYou will want to design masks when you see what Alison did.


Michael Buist

Splinters Michael always leads us forward, extends our thinking to push the boundaries from what we are comfortable with to what we could really be doing with our social media. Here he invites us to collaborate on a game he started. 10 sticks. One rule: Throw the sticks.  Check out the comments and the document. Here’s my hack. It’s a game that could be just a game, or could be used in debriefing to teach about collaboration and cooperation. I try to use several of these types of ideas at the beginning of each year. Here are three low-tech ideas:

  • Crayon Caper
    • Give each pair of students a crayon and a blank piece of paper. Both students hold onto the crayon and must draw a picture without talking. Great debrief on what happened — what happened? what picture? leader? follower? decisions? 
  • Balloon Bop
    • Group students (5 or less).
    • Give students a stack of balloons, roll of tape, one tack.
    • Directions: Students stay in area, except for one “gopher” who can move around the room. Be safe. The goal: Attach as many  inflated balloons as possible to desks.
    • Note to teacher: Eventually a “gopher” will take a tack to pop others’ balloons. After “time” (your decision), review the goal. The goal is to “Attach as many  inflated balloons as possible to desks.” Did they attach as many as possible, or did some get popped? Students assume it is a “team” competition, but that’s not what the goals said. Great debrief.
  • Lego Leaders
    • In an area students can’t see (I usually use the hallway), place a lego structure already completed.
    • In ziplock bags, place the exact legos that were in the pre-made structure; one bag per group.
    • Group students (5 or less). One student is leader — leader cannot used hands and must put hands behind back; only leader can see the pre-made structure, and may return to it as often as needed. Leader tells the other members how to build the structure.
    • Debrief: communication skills — how did you describe, direct, convey what was needed to build the structure? What worked? What didn’t?


Besides learning from the above mentors, I also checked on last week’s new friends to see what they have completed:

Jordan Lusink

Jordan created a wonderful booksharing strategy. Book Club Share


Kim Douillard

Cat Vine This is what got me started and then connected me to Cynthia. See how connections work?


Kelly Mogk

Kelly shared a #teacherswrite post and encouraged us to try journaling apps. Two of my favorite are:

  1. Werdsmith
  2. MaxJournal

Christina DiMicelli

Christina shared this marvelous quote:

@kevinhoneycutt: My PLN is a jar of lightning bugs. Each flashes occasionally. If I collect enough lightning bugs I can find my way in the dark.”



And there’s more:

Susan Angel  Please welcome Susan. She’s a late-comer but has great things to share.  Here’s her comic  intro.


Lorraine Boulos

Since we’re makers, I thought you’d love Lorraine’s Block Printing How to with supplies on Hand by grade 6.


+Karen Fasimpaur

These  stop motion fruit will send you to the kitchen for a snack and try your own stop motion.

Thanks for the shared learning….