#CLMOOC Book Club: Making Doodles on the Pages

Doodle Margins of Affinity NetworkSince I splurged and bought Affinity Online, a book some of us are reading together in March in the Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (CLMOOC), I am free to mark the pages up as I see fit. Which I do, regularly. I use highlighters to mark text (and to find passages that I am sharing out) and doodles and drawings to represent my thinking.

Doodle Annotation

I was happy to see but not surprised to learn that my friend, Terry, has been doing something similar with his reading (although his process is a bit more complicated as he borrowed the book from the library and needed to photocopy the page). Terry is much more attuned to the colors — his mark-up is a piece of art. Mine is mere scribbles.

AFFINITIES INTRO 1You can’t easily do this kind of annotation with digital versions of the book, which is why I bought it as physical book as opposed to a Kindle version or something else in ebook format.

But, this also isolates the reader a bit to the single book/single page/single reader, and Daniel wondered on Twitter whether a digital version or excerpt of the book is online somewhere, so CLMOOC can use Hypothesis for crowd annotation, and well, I don’t know. But I’ll look around and see.

Peace (drawing it),




  1. I wrote a post this morning about Affinity Online, too. Thanks for finding an online space for us to ‘affine’ upon. I am reminded of the idea that ideas are wild animals let loose, re-wilded. Let us annotate and tattoo those ideas and own what they are in any way we affine.

  2. Thanks for finding the article to annotate. I’ve added my ideas (many).

    Then I saw the full article shared via Twitter today at http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/book/9781479852758/

    . I started reading it, and in the first part saw a chart that demonstrated how affluent families provide about $9k a year of extra enrichment to their kids, beyond the $1k that poorer families provide.

    I’ve been looking for this info for many years because I feel that focus on school funding dollars omit this extra benefit that accrues to wealthy kids.

    I hope our affinity group conversation attract many people who learn and take these ideas back to their own communities.

  3. I have not read this book but I absolutely love to write notes in the margin and on the inside pages. I recently read The Leavers and my notes filled the inside cover pages as I reflected and thought about former students and while I wondered…..
    Some times I wonder how future students who will likely ONLY know digital books will annotate….and then I remember that my grandmother had pristine books marred only by her name…..
    SO I wonder if we will be the only generation to mark up our books as we read,,,,,,

    • Every generation does things a different way … marking up a book in digital format has its plus factors but it loses some things, too.
      Thanks for stopping by

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