Connected Learning MOOC
I am starting my first MOOC today. My purposes are many. First I hope to connect and reconnect with like minded creators and makers who place more emphasis on (RE)Design over digitial text and tools. I also hope to steal ideas for the Building Bridges Summer Camp I am running this summer for students in New Haven Public Schools. Most importantly I I want to learn even more about ways to bring connected learning principles into the classroom.
I have been following the Connected Learning community on Connected TV for quite some time. I have been luck enough to serve on the panels for their webinar series and offer my voice during planning sessions. I was excited to see the month of June deadicated to coding as I want to spend most of July coding with my kids in New Haven.
I was also excited to see NWP launch the Connected Learning MOOC I am going t poach many of the ideas for my classroom. For cycle one our first task was to create a digital representation of ourselves. I chose to do an Avatar as I will task my students with the same goal.
I chose to use a Star Wars Avatar maker as I am sharing the trilogy with my sons this summer. In my avatar though my tech is a backpack, an accessory. My true creative making power comes from within and from those around me. The tech is simply the text and tool I use make my meaning on the world.