Category: clmooc

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Making on Android for #CLMOOC

I love all the tools I can choose from when I sink into my deskchair and open up my laptop. The possibilities swirl in my mind as I edit videos and images. Yet for most of the world they will turn to the mobile web and mobile apps to spawn their creativity. That got me…
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Self-Programmable Readers–My Big Take-Away from #LRA14

The Literacy Research Association annual conference presents young scholars such as myself an opportunity to grow our thinking. You can challenge scholars, sit down with literary heroes and examine trends in the fields. It is home. Each year the new president, who planned the program gets to host an integrative research review. The session, one…
Transmedia Teaching 0

Transmedia Teaching

Terry Elliot asked me to explain how I try and bring the principles and core values of connected learning into my classroom. This dialogue came about after I posted an ignite talk defining,  or rather poaching, the meaning of connected learning. I use transmedia teaching. What is transmedia? Transmedia storytelling involves an unfolding narrative across many digital…
The Day I Quit Coding 0

The Day I Quit Coding

It's amazing how the smallest comments can have large impacts on ones life. I once spent hours coding and then just I simply quit. The year was 1987. I  stood as a scrawny 6th grader in fron of a class getting ready to demonstrate a progam I created in BASIC. The computer I used was…
Where do ideas come from? Reflecting on my first make for DS106 0

Where do ideas come from? Reflecting on my first make for DS106

I have lurked. I have laughed. I have never launched into my own learning into DS106. For those that do not know D106 started off as a class into digital storytelling and it has evolved into one of the most active communitities for mutlimodal composition. I always saw my favorite Twitter folks discussing #ds106 and…
Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning 1

Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning

It saddens me when I walk into classrooms and see prewriting taught using some perfunctory graphic organizer that every student must complete. We send the message that creating new ideas requires a formulaic approach. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prewriting, like writing in general, has as many methods as their are writers. Instead…
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#MNLI13 Day 3 Reflection Coding Community

Karen Brennan sparked my thinking today. She presented her work on using Scratch. The programming, games, and stories children created made a large impact on everyone at the conference. For me it wasn't the take away of creative computing I found most moving. It was Brennan's point that making take two things: creating and community.…
#MNLI Day Two Reflection- Unleashing the Bear! 1

#MNLI Day Two Reflection- Unleashing the Bear!

A day of makes. That is my take away. Polly had a wonderful keynote ready on the power of creativity in school but she quickly pivoted. Polly decided, correctly, that talking about creativity does not hold the power of unleashing a room full of makers. She posted a series of pictures and ended with an…