Resonation Points: Practicing Noticing and Connecting

We’re hoping that when the 2016 version of Making Learning Connected MOOC kicks off on July 10 (sign up at the CLMOOC webpage or just jump in when you see things unfolding on Twitter, G+ or wherever it unfolds) that many participants will be “noticing” each other’s work, and “honoring” it through remix or comments or connections.

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Following a Google Hangout meeting yesterday with some of the folks who have volunteered to help lead CLMOOC (Yep, it’s a crowdsourced affair this year and very exciting to see CLMOOC being led by participants), I wanted to practice a bit with this concept of “noticing.”

I began by following a link in a tweet by Simon to a post by Mary Ann Reilly, whose beautiful writing about loss has touched many of us in Slice of Life and beyond. She wrote a post called Love is a Story in Five Parts. Go read it. I was touched, and something about her last lines, about stories, stuck with me.

I used the app Super (which is very visual orientated) to honor Mary Ann’s words.


Next, I was reading a post by Wendy, who is already taking part in a CLMOOC Postcard Project (which began last year with folks sending postcards to each other as connector points). She had just sent out a new batch of postcards.

There was a whole line she had written about understanding an image by alteringĀ it (or, as she put it, breaking it apart from the whole and seeing it anew). I used an app called Legend to pluck that phrase out.

On Twitter, Melissa wrote about looking forward to CLMOOC and she used a phrase (in response to Anna) that had me wondering. I went into Super again.


And finally, Terry wrote a blog post that had a theme of “reading outside of your discipline” so that you can step outside your bubble (and the post goes on with more depth on shell games and the current educational environment). The call to read far and wide is a good reminder. I slightly edited what Terry wrote for this, via Legend.

In noticing and honoring the work of others, I hope to go deeper with my own reading and understanding. When you approach a piece of text this way, you can’t skim. You have to pay attention. (Go ahead and call it Close Reading, if you want). You are looking for resonation points, and ways to connect with the writer.

Peace (travels in connections),

  1. Nicely translated. The image of waves syncing and unsyncing, resonating and matching frequency, in a light rain on a pond, rippling light and fresh, then out of sync and cancelling and inhibiting. We ride it all just like the water strider, surface tension dimple glider. Hey, that’s a poem. Be watching for it on Twitter

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  2. “rationales for advice I give” – this happened yesterday as I was reading a PBL text. They gave official language for a couple of ideas that I believe in but didn’t know were official “ideas.” Interesting post, Kevin. I like the way you made these connections resonate and communicated them. I also like that you included more than one person/post.

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  3. Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for the mention. Also, I am interested in why you connected these particular ideas and in what why you remixed the ideas or connected them. I want to know more about your thought process and what else you are thinking about that made these particular ideas stand out to you.
    (My anti-spam: apish run. I am not sure if that is a personal comment about my running form or not.)

    • Hi Wendy
      There was no direct connection between the four pieces … other than me practicing ways to honor each of you as writers in the public sphere. My aim was to find the heart (or what I perceived of as the heart) of the writing, and anchor some sort of media and possible reinterpretation on that piece of it. I forced myself to focus. I did not read lightly (or tried not to). In honoring you and the others, I hoped that I was showing that people are reading, people are connecting. Sometimes, it feels like we write into the void. It’s nice to be shown that is not the case from time to time. My hope is that many of us do the same when CLMOOC rolls around, and then beyond CLMOOC.

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