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.

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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.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is a teacher, researcher and scholar at Southern Connecticut State University.

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4 Responses

  1. Glad to have you at CLMOOC and I hope we can live up to expectations there. One recommendation I might make is that you also visit NWP’s awesome Digital.Is site: http://digitalis.nwp.org/ You will find lots of cool resources like this one by Kevin Hodgson on avatars: http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/1949

    Also, if you haven’t done it already, we are aggregating all blog posts that Categorize themselves as CLMOOC. Here is the link for that as well: http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/blog-hub/submit-your-blog/

    Several in our community have expressed interest or expertise in classroom coding already and you might want to keep cruising the G+ community for fellow teacher-coders. Welcome.

  2. Jaap says:

    Hi Gregory, nice avatar you made. So you are new on wordpress, compliments on your blog.
    Maybe you could make your banners all the same measures, now your text is going up and down with every new banner.
    See you in the Mooc
    Jaap

    • Brokenarrow8 says:

      Thx. Jaap. It is on my punchlist. I debated whether to wait until I had the site finished and polished but I wanted to make my trials public and try to allow the space to be part of the rough draft of my life.

  3. Great avatar Greg. I love your description of the foundation of your creative power: “the tech is simply the text and tool I use make my meaning on the world”.

    I look forward to learning with you in #clmooc.
    Rhonda Jessen

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