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.)
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),
PS — the signup is now open: http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/
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?
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.
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),
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.
This is a “Teaser” post only, as more information about an exciting project I am involved with via the National Writing Project will be coming forth in the next week or so. But, we are gearing up for a free online summer adventure that I would love to have you (yep, you .. and you .. and all of you) dive into with me. It will involve Connected Learning, writing and making things (digital and/or non-digital — you decide).
The folks behind the scenes are making “teasers” for the concept, and I remixed some of the work of the others (see diagram below the video.) Keep an eye out for news and sign-ups for Making Writing Connected in the coming days. We will have a website up and running soon, where you can sign up for more news about the free (!) summer program. We’d love to have you involved this summer.
And a friend asked me to explain how I made this movie trailer, so: