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Expanding, Sustaining Funding – New Thinking Needed

I’ve been part of an Education Technology MOOC (#ETMOOC) this week where more than 1000 people from around the world are connecting on-line and sharing ideas about uses of technology in education, learning, media and network building.

I’ve been trying for the past 20 years to build this type of learning community, connecting all of those who are concerned with the gap between rich and poor in America, the education system, workforce diversity, social justice, violence, public health, and a number of other reasons to be involved.…
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Thoughts on Student Blogging

Thursday night's Intro to Blogging with +Sue Waters was exactly the proverbial "shot in the arm" that I needed to get me thinking more strategically about implementing blogs into my classroom. It's been something that I've been considering and ruminating and, yes, procrastinating on for quite a while.…
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Competencies, not Courses

Very thought-provoking statement from George Siemens on Twitter:

I think competency-based learning is where things are going. Learning unit reduced from courses to competencies.

If he is correct (I believe he is), this has a lot of implication on the things we usually talk about in relationship to MOOCs:  economics, the University (and the entire formal education system), the student.  …

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#ETMOOC Is Overwhelming. So, Let’s Make Some Meaning.

I was quite engaged by Sheri Edwards comments on my previous vlog, so I thought I would extend it into a discussion of how we can "spin off" parts of the course conversation into passion projects. This isn’t the final word on how to create meaning in a MOOC, but it is what I would love to continue to discuss and collaborate on throughout the course.…

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A few thoughts on Ecologies of Yearning by @gardnercampbell #etmooc

Some quotes from Gardner Campbell‘s Ecologies of Yearning talk at OpenEd12:

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are

…I was struck and deeply moved to think that I have seen, I have listened to students and colleagues who describe their own relationship with the institution we call Higher Education as one determined primarily by paranoia, hebephrenia or catatonia.

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Is there such a thing as too much space?

Over the last days preparing for the start of #edcmooc I, along with MANY others, have been overwhelmed with the share number of spaces for connection and learning. In the last 3 days I have come to be aware of at least 20 new spaces I had never even heard of and feeling the pressure (whether that is environmental or a mental script I’m not sure) to engage in some spaces that previously I had avoided.…

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Networking: Food for Thought

This evening I participated in my first large-scale Twitter chat as part of #etmooc, (which, if you haven’t been following, is a great online educational technology professional development experience).

The conversation summarized some of the topics we’ve been talking about for the last week, such as introducing ourselves, acknowledging our PLN (professional learning network), how/what we share, and how we contribute to the learning of others.…

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Swimming in a Sea of Tweets With #etmooc #etmchat

Not ten minutes ago, I disengaged my fully immersed brain from the sea of #etmchat postings. It was my first Twitter chat. Ever. My eyes are bugging out of my head. I have tweet overload. I tried to prepare, really … Continue reading
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Spending Time, Saving Time… Thinking and Reflecting

I caught two etmooc sessions this week, but I was not able to give my undivided attention to the Blackboard sessions due to work and family obligations. I plan on heading back this weekend when I have a chance to watch the two recorded sessions.…

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On Swimming and the Miscellaneous



On Swimming


I can’t swim.  It is one my biggest regrets in life.  I have tried to take lessons as an adult and I am now an adequate floater and can thrash around quite a bit to move around but I am not a graceful swimmer with elegant strokes that cut through the water.  But here in ETMOOC, I have had to dive into the deep end.  Not just a small dive with knees tucked, but an ugly belly flop with my eyes tightly closed.  But by diving right in, I have been forced to navigate through a sea of blog posts, twitter comments, and Blackboard Collaborate sessions.  I have to admit, I might not be graceful in swimming through this sea but I am starting to enjoy it.  My favourite thing so far is the Blackboard Collaborate sessions.  I love hearing the speakers and being able to see everyone’s ideas on the whiteboard.  The topics have been thought provoking and make my head hurt in a good way. 

On Sharing



This week’s session with Dean Shareski (@shareski) left me with many key points to ponder.  The one that I took back to my classroom with me and immediately shared with my Grade 6’s was that sharing is a responsibility in learning.  Even though we have touched on this topic may times in the class, some students still feel that others look at their work to “copy.”  We discussed sharing versus copyright of original materials and how all good ideas begin by a spark from someone else’s idea. 

On Accountability

One idea that has not left my mind is that in Finnish, there is no word for “accountability” and instead the word “responsibility” is used.  This made me think about the mandatory FSA (Foundation Skills Assessment) Tests that are being administered this week at my school.  Hmmm… Who are we holding accountable with this kind of test and what are the results supposed to lead us to?  These tests, given to the grade fours and sevens, also block off any computer and iPad time from being used by any other classes in the entire school.  We are discouraged from using the internet during these two weeks because it will slow the server down for the testing.  So, we put some of our teaching on hold.  Who is being accountable or responsible for the missed learning here? 

My Goal

I am a lurker.  I have been lurking on Twitter without being a true contributer.  I have been absorbing other people’s ideas.  But now I would like to grow and to contribute.  I am on the edge about to change from the lurker to contributer. 
Like the video “Ordinary to You, Amazing to Others”, I, too, feel my ideas are just ordinary, since I am in the company of so many people whose starting point of knowledge in the educational technology world far surpasses mine.  I am so far behind in the starting line that I can’t even see their shadowy figures in the distance.  But, since I will only get out what I put into ETMOOC, I will try to contribute. 

What do I want to get out of ETMOOC?  Learn some new tools to use for digital storytelling, increase my PLN and basically absorb everyone’s ideas and they may lead me to some new goals.  

Wow.…
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syndicating 5313 posts from 517 #etmooc blogs