The Digital Poster Collection: Making Learning Connected MOOC Teasers

And our collection of teasers for this summer’s Making Learning Connected MOOC continues …
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The digital poster can be accessed directly: http://mrhodgson.edu.glogster.com/making-learning-connected
You can now sign up at the Making Learning Connected website: http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/ The activities launch on June 15, and we want to invite you to join everyone in a summer of learning, making and fun.
Peace (in sparking your interest),
Kevin

Making a Comic for Making Learning Connected MOOC

Here’s another teaser to get you interested in the upcoming Making Learning Connected MOOC program that we are launching in a few weeks:

You can also access the comic here.
Or check it out here:
Making Learning Connected Comic Teaser
(Personally, I like the flash comic version the best.)
And here is the site where you can sign up to get more information about the Making Learning Connected project this summer: http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/
Peace (in the MOOC),
Kevin

The Educator Innovator Movement

innovation

This is very exciting. The National Writing Project, in partnership with a number of other organizations, has officially launched its Educator Innovator website and activities. I am involved in one piece of the larger puzzle — I am a facilitator with the upcoming Making Learning Connected MOOC — but there are a lot of neat things unfold through the Educator Innovator network, including grant opportunities, partnerships, and more.

As the site says:

“Educator Innovator provides an online “meet up”  for educators who are re-imagining learning. Educator Innovator is both a blog and a growing community of educators, partners, and supporters. If we want to educate a generation of young people to be innovators — to create, build, design, and use their talents to improve their world — we need to value the creative capacity in the mentors and teachers who support them.”

I’m in with that. You?

If so, you can sign up to receive a newsletter and explore some of the activities. Did I mention our MOOC? It might be a great place to get started as you align yourself with as an Educator Innovator (although I bet you already are — still, here’s a chance to connect with others.)

Peace (in the sharing),
Kevin

 

The Making Learning Connected Video Game Teaser

MakingLearningConnected Game Map
We’re trying to keep things light and fun as we share out teasers for our summer Making Learning Connected MOOC adventure. As such, I built a video game in Gamestar Mechanic and I invite you to play, and learn more about the summer activities and Connected Learning. We’ll be sharing out information soon about how to sign up and participate. For now, we are hoping to spark your interest.

Play the game by clicking on the Game Map above or on this link … right here. Or, play the game as embedded in this post (if your device allows you).

 

Peace (in the maze),
Kevin
PS — the signup is now open: http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/

Paper Airplane Bloopers

If you have ever done a video project with students, you may notice how much they love bloopers. I’ve had kids who have finished a project and then asked, Can we make bloopers? As if bloopers were something planned instead of unexpected. They would actually stage the bloopers. And yet, bloopers add a real sense of fun to making movies, right? I always let them go ahead.

Anyway, I was working on a welcome video for our Making Learning Connected MOOC project (sign up now — the adventure begins on June 15), and we had this idea of paper airplanes coming into the frame. I’m not sure it is going to work. While I was filming, I had my youngest son shooting airplanes at me. Needless to say, it took us a few rounds. I didn’t get a good video, but I did get some bloopers … so why waste the footage?

Peace (in the miss and near miss),
Kevin

 

The National Writing Project MOOC Opens its Doors

Making Learning Connected flowchart

I’ve been sharing some teasers for the past week or so about a MOOC that I am helping to design and facilitate this summer via the National Writing Project. The initial sign-up website is now up and running, and I am going to continue to share out some more of the teasers (some might even repeat, so bear with me) as we work to generate interest from friends and colleagues and others in our networks (and even random passersby). We hope the teasers give you a sense of the spirit that we hope to nurture over the summer with the Making Learning Connected MOOC.

If you are not sure, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that is free of charge and takes place in various spaces around the Internet but becomes linked together through shared activities and ideas and connections. MOOCs are a hot trend right now, so you might be intrigued about what they are and how they work. You can dip your toes into the water with us this summer, and experience it for yourself.

What’s the Making Learning Connected MOOC all about? The two main themes are: integrating the Connected Learning philosophy into practice and “making” things. Our plan is to have a series of  possible “make” activities over the summer to get folks creating things (physical things and/or non-physical things) with the idea of participants guiding their own learning as it fits their needs. You can follow our plan or come up with your own plan. We’re connecting the dots between the National Writing Project’s ideal of teachers teaching teachers, the Makers Movement, and Connected Learning.

The MOOC officially begins on June 15 and runs into August but the main website where you can sign up is now live.

Head over to the Connected Learning MOOC website for more information

I really hope you can join us on this adventure this summer. We’re having fun designing the MOOC, so that you can have fun participating.

Peace (in the MOOC),
Kevin

 

Making Learning Connected Teaser: The MOOC Song

Here is another teaser for the coming Making Learning Connected MOOC that we are launching this summer. We’ll soon be sharing more information about sign-ups, etc., but for now, we are working to spark interest in what we have planned for the summer.

I wrote and recorded this song, and used an image from Chad (Mookle!).
Peace (in the teaser),
Kevin

Stopmotion Teaser: A Summer of Making Learning Connected

You’ll likely be seeing a bunch of different teasers coming into the Blogosphere here and elsewhere, as a group of us who are facilitating the Making Learning Connected MOOC this summer work to get folks interested in the free, online space for exploration and making and learning this summer. We’d love to have you, too. The sign-up site is not quite ready to share out, but it will be soon enough. For now, we’re creating various teasers in various media formats as a way to spark interest.

This summer, you may want to explore making stopmotion movies …

Here, I used WikiStix on my radiator and a free stopmotion program called JellyCam to create a short stopmotion piece with the words Making Learning Connected. I also turned on my iPad with a free stopmotion/time lapse program called iMotion HD and aimed it at me, working, in order to quickly (don’t blink) capture what I was doing. In both cases, I uploaded directly to YouTube and added a soundtrack there. So, I didn’t bother with any video editing program on my laptop.

Enjoy!


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Peace (in the sharing),
Kevin