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A reflection about finding the right site for an online course and preparing for Survivalcraft

Amanda and I spent time this week meeting over Google Hangout and working on our online course unit plan.  After she met with Mr. Williams, the 6th grade ELA teacher at her school, we were able to review his unit plan and discuss the adaptions with MinecraftEdu.  Our goal is to show teachers that they […]

Quicksand, Ellipses

trailing off,my thoughts have been…trailing off,my posts have been…trailing off,my certainty has been…Hesitationhas become both a strengthand a weakness.Patiencehas become both an asset and amanipulation.Thinking in ellipses is perhaps a product of age, or decline, or maybe an egress…Where am I going?To avoid clichés at any cost,we put together words like neuronal emersionor violet tenderness.I connectwith people, pencils, comrades, airwaves, bluegrass, trees, crows, breezes.Balance remains out of…

Bali_Maha: Mom’s Adventurous Bedtime Hangout w

Mom’s Adventurous Bedtime Hangout w #dmlcommons http://ift.tt/1NAflz6  #ccourses

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epilepticrabbit: RT : Are you a mentor? Join the mentor mailing list to stay connected and informed:

#teachtheweb #ccourses RT @webmaker: Are you a mentor? Join the mentor mailing list to stay connected and informed: http://ow.ly/KgkHx 

A reflection on diffi-tool considerations for the Survivalcraft experience

It feels like I’m still recovering from Givercraft ending over a week ago!  I was very happy with my diffi-tools and being able to collaborate with others on the diffi-team.  Our twitter session this week BLEW UP with all of the chatter, reflections, feedback, and ideas about the impact of our diffi-tools.  I realized that […]

jgmac1106: A community of writers with shared space and purpose. The MOOC=that

@Bali_Maha @JeffreyKeefer @mcjsa #rhizo14 #ccourses #dmlcommons A community of writers with shared space and purpose. The MOOC=that

Bali_Maha: i do think some moocs r more active in one space or another, eg fb, twitter

@mcjsa @JeffreyKeefer @jgmac1106 i do think some moocs r more active in one space or another, eg #rhizo14 fb, #ccourses twitter #dmlcommons

A reflection on organizing my chaos and being excited about results!

The data collection process has been, as I expected, chaotic. The observations and interviews were the most straightforward methods and were easy enough to review; the chat log however, took me quite a while, not only to read but to also decide what was relevant. During our twitter session,  I was encouraged to see others […]

jgmac1106: same in 7 years gotten >10 comments. 0 during but discussed many on Twitter/Google+

@Bali_Maha @JeffreyKeefer @mcjsa same in 7 years gotten >10 comments. 0 during #ccourses but discussed many on Twitter/Google+ #dmlcommons

What would it take to remain relevant in distance learning?

Without an understanding of the pedagogical evolution it can be tempting to say that relevance in distance learning can be maintained by staying informed of new technologies and programs.  For most educators, we try to stay up-to-date by reading articles, integrating new tech tools and strategies, attending conferences, joining peer learning networks, following innovators on […]

Propaganda Pitches: More Adventures in Student-Centered Pedagogy

Last week I tried out another student-centered activity in my Roots class. All semester I have been attempting to transform many of my mini-lectures into activities where the students present the information to each other instead of me simply giving it to them. We have recently begun a unit on Greek and Roman government and […]

joefromkenyon: In which I review Lani Guinier’s “Tyranny of the Meritocracy”:

In which I review Lani Guinier’s “Tyranny of the Meritocracy”: http://tweedyimpertinence.josephmurphy.name/youshow15/guinier-review/ … #ccourses #youshow15

What If Group Work Led to Papers and a Panel?

Over on Facebook, where I get a lot of my education on pedagogy, one of my former students posted a very modest comment about, as she was rushing to throw together a conference paper at the last minute, frantic to come up with something, she realized the universe was whispering that she should have empathy […]

JeffreyKeefer: Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm http://ow.ly/KVB4w  #ccourses #dmlcommons

dogtrax: I co-presented at that conference last year and it was so very interesting. Have fun! Steal an idea or two for me!

@OnlineCrsLady I co-presented at that conference last year and it was so very interesting. Have fun! Steal an idea or two for me! #ccourses

jgmac1106: I blew up my blog as part of either or can’t remember which one.

@JeffreyKeefer @Bali_Maha @mcjsa #dmlcommons I blew up my blog as part of either #ccourses or #youshow15 can’t remember which one.

OnlineCrsLady: WHOO-HOO! I’m going to . Details: … w/ many thanks to &

WHOO-HOO! I’m going to #DML2015. Details: http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2015/03/dml2015-here-i-come.html … … w/ many thanks to @Kdamp & @OUCASOATS #ccourses pic.twitter.com/U6cpkGdMqm

PowerPoint Karaoke, Improv Presentation & the Infinite Game–Playing to Learn

I have known about PowerPoint Karaoke for years.  If the idea is new to you think “improv for presenters”.  Terrifying?  To some, any kind of presenting is next to losing a family member or having a tarantula crawl on you… and that is why  I am exploring this as end-of-class fun for everybody. So big … Continue reading PowerPoint Karaoke, Improv Presentation & the…

telliowkuwp: PowerPoint Karaoke, Improv Presentation & t/ Infinite Game–Playing2Learn

PowerPoint Karaoke, Improv Presentation & t/ Infinite Game–Playing2Learn http://impedagogy.com/wp/blog/2015/03/28/powerpoint-karaoke-improv-presentation-the-infinite-game-playing-to-learn/ … #clmooc #rhizo15 #ccourses @EatcherVeggies

papahazama: Unbearable Whiteness, Elusive Inclusivity & the count-on-one-hand test via

Unbearable Whiteness, Elusive Inclusivity & the count-on-one-hand test http://ln.is/blog.mahabali.me/blo/ViD4C … via @Bali_Maha #ccourses

An assessment of my diffi-tools

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how I would measure the effectiveness of my diffi-tools in Givercraft; looking back at how my tools were used, I realize that I need more structure to measure effectiveness and impact on teachers and students.  An important factor in whether or not my tools can be effective […]

What we (don’t) talk about when we talk about adjuncting

I came across this wonderful post from The New Yorker about the adjunct problem and thought it could spark a good conversation. Have you come out to your students as an adjunct? Coming out as an adjunct is necessary. Your students may not pay any attention to whether your job title is instructor, assistant professor […]

Brookings on (among other things) Student Engagement

The Brown Center at Brookings has released their 2015 Report on American Education. There’s a lot to delve into, but I wanted to offer (and solicit!) some thoughts on their student engagement findings. (I linked the full report above, but you may want to dive directly to the Student Engagement summary.) Here’s what grabbed me […]

Mapping Brooklyn (Exhibit)

I came across this cool-looking exhibit and thought folks might be interested. Also, if anyone wants a field trip, let me know and I’ll send out a Doodle poll! Mapping Brooklyn From the exhibit description: “A prime impetus for visual artists has been to better understand and interpret the world around them.  In contemporary practice, […]

OnlineCrsLady: very excited about that! also, great things happened in

@xplanarob @MarkMorvant @slzemke very excited about that! also, great things happened in #ccourses #OpenTeachingOU http://connectedcourses.net/ 

MiaZamoraPhD: Important response 2 Kevin Carey’s new book on

Important response 2 Kevin Carey’s new book on #highered @insidehighered http://bit.ly/1H4f0AR  #ccourses #techquity #edchat #nwp #digped

dogtrax: This quote from piece you shared resonated with me.

@telliowkuwp This quote from piece you shared resonated with me. #clmooc #ccourses #rhizo15 pic.twitter.com/T14liSN1l4

The University of Everywhere? Not.

Audrey Watters’ review of The End of College.   Suffice to say, she didn’t like it.http://hackeducation.com/2015/03/26/technofantasies

papahazama: Techno Fantasies — The University of Everywhere. Not.

Techno Fantasies — http://ln.is/hackeducation.com/20/bR4ky … The University of Everywhere. Not. #ccourses

MiaZamoraPhD: “Ten Indispensable Women Transforming Education” by

“Ten Indispensable Women Transforming Education” by @anya1anya https://medium.com/education-reform/ten-indispensable-women-transforming-education-97eab21200ee?source=tw-lo_8fa3ab5bb3c6-1427384523400 … #nwp @keanuniversity #ccourses #dmlcommons #edchat

epilepticrabbit: Only 20 minutes until this months talk with

Only 20 minutes until this months #teachtheweb talk with @WWFCanada #edtech #ccourses #clmooc

dmlresearchhub: RT : Great advice for folks from on starting a blog. Much needed advice!

RT @EduQuinn: Great advice for #dmlcommons folks from @wiobyrne on starting a blog. Much needed advice! #ccourses http://tldr.wiobyrne.com/2015/top-tips-for-writing-a-blog-post-in-30-minutes …

1982 Interview with CUNY Chancellor Joseph S. Murray

Listen to former CUNY Chancellor Joseph S. Murray defend the policy of Open Admissions at CUNY. It’s so brilliant. When asked skeptically about the quality of the students that it would allow to have access to college, he responds: “Harvard took, after all, for three hundred years, the rather dull sons of the very rich and […]

Why Graduate Training Must Change If We Want To Reverse Income Inequality #FuturesEd

Yesterday, in “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” a student-led graduate course for Graduate Center students currently teaching in the CUNY system, we had a unit on “Life Circumstances and Pedagogical Ethics.”  As soon as the notes from the session are posted, we’ll tweet them out with the #FuturesEd hashtag. Until then, here’s a punchline:  […]

Bridging Our Perspectives: eight ideas for whole-class participation and learning from Pedagogy Unbound

As a follow-up to our wonderfully inspiring Mapping Futures class last night on “Professors and Persistence” I thought I would share two blog posts in Pedagogy Unbound curated by David Gooblar. Getting Them to Talk: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/927-getting-them-to-talk And, the opposite, but perhaps equally paralyzing problem for student discussions and debates: Getting Them to Stop Talking: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/945-getting-them-to-stop-talking One of the key […]

Why Graduate Training Must Change If We Want To Reverse Income Inequality #FuturesEd

Yesterday, in “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” a student-led graduate course for Graduate Center students currently teaching in the CUNY system, we had a unit on “Life Circumstances and Pedagogical Ethics.”  As soon as the notes from the…

EduQuinn: Great advice for folks from on starting a blog. Much needed advice!

Great advice for #dmlcommons folks from @wiobyrne on starting a blog. Much needed advice! #ccourses @dmlresearchhub http://tldr.wiobyrne.com/2015/top-tips-for-writing-a-blog-post-in-30-minutes …

laura_ritchie: projects, projectiles, and provocations

projects, projectiles, and provocations #dmlcommons #ccourses http://wp.me/p4Ng5z-ml 

MiaZamoraPhD: The Countdown: 1 week until mini-MOOC

The Countdown: 1 week until #WritingRace mini-MOOC http://writingrace.miazamoraphd.com/blog/uncategorized/the-countdown-1-week-until-writingrace-mini-mooc/ … #ccourses #clmooc #dmlcommons #digped #edchat

ARC Student Fellowships — Deadline Friday April 17

The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) is accepting applications from Level II doctoral students for Research Praxis Awards for the upcoming academic year. Their research themes closely match those of many students in the Mapping the Futures graduate course — immigration, inequality, multilingualism, digital education. Below is a link to the application (due April 17), and under […]

Givercraft Data Collection – Raw Results

As promised I have a mountain of data to share.  I will be looking for a vein of gold in this data, specifically around teacher strategies and use of tools in the MinecraftEdu game world but I needed all these pieces to triangulate my data.  I might have to eliminate one teacher/class from my analysis […]

ken_bauer: with < 1 day in course I have already found another’s work that aligns with my research interests! rocks.

with < 1 day in #dmlcommons course I have already found another’s work that aligns with my research interests! #CCourses rocks.

MiaZamoraPhD: 2night r class gets back 2 work -Building a mini-MOOC

2night r class gets back 2 work -Building a #WritingRace mini-MOOC http://writingrace.miazamoraphd.com/blog/uncategorized/building-a-writingrace-mini-mooc/ … #connectedlearning #ccourses #nwp #clmooc #digped

moocresearch: see you gained a favorite already from :)) I will introduce you to my friends.

@carlomagno101 see you gained a favorite already from @JoelDwyer1 :)) @edutopia I will introduce you to my friends. #rhizo14 #ccourses

telliowkuwp: Search literacy a la Google Crazy useful for self-paced challenges for students.

Search literacy a la Google http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html#challenges … Crazy useful for self-paced challenges for students. #clmooc #ccourses

Bali_Maha: MT “: a digital media and learning open course ”

MT “@mizuko: #dmlcommons a digital media and learning open course #ccourses #connectedlearning http://dmlcommons.net/ ” @rjhogue

On Watching the Clock: Student-Centered Review Session

Despite my best efforts, I ran straight into one of the major concerns our class discussed regarding implementing student-centered learning in the classroom: time. The very nature of student-centered learning means that we must be flexible with our precious class minutes: more voices are incorporated into the mix, more ideas are picked up, and the […]

Compartiendo mi experiencia como ponente en seminario sobre herramientas de la web social útiles para docentes e investigadores en la Universidad de Granada

No es ningún secreto que la eclosión de la web social y de los llamados social media en los últimos años ha traído consigo un amplio abanico de herramientas, gratuitas y de sencillo manejo, que facilitan a los ciudadanos la comunicación y la colaboración en red, ya sea con fines personales, ya sea para un uso […] La entrada Compartiendo mi experiencia como ponente en…

mrkrndvs: ‘What’s So Creative About Commons Anyway?’ CC

‘What’s So Creative About Commons Anyway?’ http://wp.me/p5vNSR-an  #ccourses CC @DavidPriceOBE @Jonathan_Worth @doctorow

Finland Does It Again–Abolishing Content This Time #FuturesED

What’s in that water in Finland?  First they abolish standardized, summative, high stakes testing —and come out in the top 5 in all numeracy and literacy categories on the PISA OECD tests. Now, they are getting rid of subjects in schools:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-…read more

Reflection: Finland Does It Again!

What’s in that water in Finland?  First they abolish standardized, summative, high stakes testing —and come out in the top 5 in all numeracy and literacy categories on the PISA OECD tests.   Now, they are getting rid of subjects in schools:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-are-out-and-topics-are-in-as-country-reforms-its-education-system-10123911.html The subjects we now use to organize the disciplines, fields, professional schools, […]

jgmac1106: The blog comment, the internet equivalent to an open cooler on the porch

@laura_ritchie @cogdog The blog comment, the internet equivalent to an open cooler on the porch #dmlcommons #ccourses

jgmac1106: Are we going to use or for the dml classes?

Are we going to use #ccourses or #dmlcommons for the dml classes? #NeedToProtectMyCharactersSinceIHaveNone

smstagner: only caught ten minutes of blog talk and so inspired by the blog talk garage!

#dmlcommons only caught ten minutes of blog talk and so inspired by the blog talk garage! #ccourses

laura_ritchie: ‘you don’t get a community with everyone sitting on their front porch talking to themselves’

@cogdog ‘you don’t get a community with everyone sitting on their front porch talking to themselves’ #ccourses #dmlcommons

sullivanclaudia: I love the way set up her blog + portfolio .

I love the way @epilepticrabbit set up her blog + portfolio http://ln.is/about.me/hHhrs . #dmlcommons #ccourses

hrheingold: Re questions: For young scholars, researchers, how & why to blog in public via WordPress – how and why

Re questions: For young scholars, researchers, how & why to blog in public via WordPress – how and why #ccourses http://bit.ly/1CQTFNr 

hrheingold: I will monitor over next hour if you have questions for Blogtalk

I will monitor #ccourses over next hour if you have questions for Blogtalk http://bit.ly/1CQTFNr 

jimgroom: I am currently doing “Blog Talk” with and . Tune in here:

I am currently doing “Blog Talk” with @cogdog and @hrheingold. Tune in here: http://bit.ly/1CQTFNr  #ccourses

jgmac1106: Interesting. Point for all: are the well networked members of and just a networked high school clique?

@klbz Interesting. Point for all: are the well networked members of #ccourses and #connectedlearning just a networked high school clique?

“Homeschool teens are in a unique situation as distributed learners and collaborators to take the…”

“Homeschool teens are in a unique situation as distributed learners and collaborators to take…

jgmac1106: Vygotsky and Activity Theory | Andy Blunden – -

Vygotsky and Activity Theory | Andy Blunden – – https://www.academia.edu/5262910/Vygotsky_and_Activity_Theory … #ccourses #connectedlearning #literacies #dmlcommons

telliowkuwp: Old Guy on Porch Reads Walden to Kids on Meerkat | Impedagogy

Old Guy on Porch Reads Walden to Kids on Meerkat | Impedagogy http://impedagogy.com/wp/blog/2015/03/21/old-guy-on-porch-reads-walden-to-kids-on-meerkat/ … #clmooc #ccourses #rhizo14

Option 4) Where you’re learning

I often get distracted easily, so I’ve always preferred somewhere quiet to study/do my work. I could never really get my work done in a classroom environment. Actually, anywhere that contained music playing, people talking/moving around, etc. Let’s say I was writing and I was in an environment like such, I would lose my focus. […]

Old Guy on Porch Reads Walden to Kids on Meerkat

One of the biggest problems folks have with embracing ad hoc online conversation is that there is a lot of friction from the decision to do it and doing it.  Maybe Meerkat has figured that out much as many online social photo apps have.  These are my first attempts at pure play in these sand lots. … Continue reading Old Guy on Porch Reads Walden…