Hello, #clmooc-ers. How are you doing?
Awesome. Yes. You are doing awesome.
For us, the Making Learning Connected facilitators, awesome is:
- lurking and learning;
- tweeting and hacking;
- blogging and bolting;
- making and sharing;
- finding and connecting;
- vining and divining the essence of Connected Learning.
As we near the end Make Two, we want you to know that you are making this massively open online collaboration a space where Connected Learning principles are being explored and embodied. We are thrilled with the ways you are making, producing, experimenting, and contributing. We are excited to see the ways shared purposes and interests are bringing you together to collaborate, to push and support each other, and to share resources and know-how. And we are inspired by the ways you are using open networks and platforms to connect across time and space, making meaning at these critical points of intersection. We look forward to watching these understandings and practices grow and deepen over the next month.
On Monday, as the Vines went viral, we began to see the world through different lenses. This was a wonderful reminder that by making and sharing, no matter how blurry, shaky, or fragmented, we are creating a shared experience. We are bringing others into our worlds, letting them become part of our stories.
On Tuesday, toy hacks ramped up, and we watched folks make monstrous, wonderful, mutant creations making across digital and analogue spaces, remixing and remediating in real time, time lapse, and in stop motion. We forged new connections and strengthened old ones while hanging out, messing around, and geeking out during the Make With Me On-Air Hangout.
On Wednesday, we gave ourselves permission to play and permission to move freely inside the #clmooc and in our other networks, both digital and face-to-face.
On Thursday night’s #clmooc Twitter Chat, captured in this Storify, we began to unpack the concepts of making and hacking, thinking through the ways these practices can shape and re-shape our personal and professional identities, helping us develop agency and a collective capacity to remake systems.
On Friday, we continued the Find Five Friday (#F5F) tradition, actively working to make connections and remix our groups and affinities as we connected with others through their makes, their Google Plus Community posts, their blog reflections, their make bank submissions, and their Tweets and Retweets.
As you remake this last week through your own reflections, it might be interesting to think about these questions from James Paul Gee’s The Anti-Education Era:
So where in our society is there a genuine forum for discussing big questions? Where is there a forum for answering them over the long haul? Where is there a forum for freely sharing what is discovered and people around the world test it?…Where is there a forum that can allow the “worthless” and the “not relevant” and the “not immediate” to germinate like a mutation that may go nowhere or may yet in the end save us? Where is the DNA of human innovation stored, recombined, mutated, and set loose to give rise to new birth, new ideas, new worlds, and new sorts of human beings?
Might we be creating just this kind of forum here on the #clmooc? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this as you make meaning in your experiences this week. Consider posting your reflections in the Google Plus Community, and/or on Twitter with the #clmooc hashtag, and/or on your own blog space with connections to our Blog Hub.
Make Two was a flurry of amazing activity, and we want to showcase a few of the “makes” that seemed to resonate within the community. This is by no means a complete list and we encourage you to share out any projects that caught your attention (maybe in the Find Five activity). Our criteria here centered on ideas and sharing that encourage others to move in a similar direction and how they connect to the principles of Connected Learning.
- Allie Pasquier invited friends to hangout and make artfully-inspired masks. As we play with new identities and ways of being in a networked world, this seems particularly relevant and important.
- Scott Glass shared the Vine Toolkit to push our thinking and collaboration around this medium that captured our collective attention this week.
- Jordan Lusink led us to consider books as toys and think about the ways that we make meaning with others in book clubs in our local and online communities.
- Jennifer Denslow and Kelly Butzler jumped into the Twitterverse for the first time, joining the conversation around Make Two.
- Joel Malley reminded us that hacking is a way of life with Life Hacker and brought us beautiful imagery and a new submission in the Make Bank called Hack My Camera that brought an old Cannon out of obsolesence.
We look forward to what you continue to share in Make Two and the Make Cycles to come. The third Make Cycle begins on Monday, with a Connected Learning focus on peer-supported interests that lead to academic success. Facilitators Joe Dillion and Anna Smith have Make 3 all mapped out, so get ready to plot on along with us.
All the Best,