Make a Map

Look for a map ( Washington Metro)
Copy with Snagit or printscreen and save.


Edit the map with Gimp: copy a part, delete it an past a new part in the same place, with name of metro station or part of line.



You could write down names of stations that would show on your map.

Is Online education a real part of serious study?

BurundiBlindLameMaybe we fail somehow to identify online education as within the domain of serious study and see it as noise suggestive of education, but not the real thing? The mention of limits and viability in 1 to 1 tutoring of students “Obviously this is a limit, it is socially and economically un-viable instructional system that can sustain a tutor for a student” cause me to wonder if we can get past the barrier of economics to reach another level in education? Will technology enhanced teaching allow us to leap into another domain of learning? What could technology leverage that exceeds close, direct and responsive tutoring human to human? Or are we mistaken to speak of technology as somehow unconnected to us humans who imagine and build it?
Interesting question from my friend Scott about human teachers and online teachers.
I did search (as Gordon does) on human tutoring and found this study: Human tutoring is a bit overestimated (The Relative Effectiveness of Human Tutoring, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and Other Tutoring Systems)
Do we call it  1 to 1 tutoring when participants in a (connectivist) MOOCs ask questions and give feedback to participants?
Is connectivism an educational theory that avoids this need for teacher tutoring? Social connections are very useful and fun for learning. An automated system could help learning, but laughing and having some fun while learning needs a human touch.
I did a Mechanical Mooc on learning a computer language and programming, this is a computer tutoring students. And I think it will become a handy tool for learning languages, computer programming and this kind of skills and knowledge.

Learning to create with these new tools is essential not only because the world is an increasingly wired place, but because connecting increases the breadth and depth of what we can do with these tools.  Working with children to connect with technology, rather than isolate, is a big take-away for me so far.

( did you ever use the Make a MOOC site of Alan Levine? )
In the MOOCs I did I did meet a lot of participants willing to learn beyond doing the course and receiving a good mark or a badge. They are good tutors to their fellow participants, because they connect and interact. The names of some of them are mentioned in posts and comments of this blog. I think this MOOCs are a new level of education.

Chaos in #clmooc


Drinking an after diner coffee in a quiet summer evening, thinking of a comment I wrote.
Is it OK that much of the activity seems chaotic? I suspect you don’t mind, MOOC, since you thrive on decentralized activities but I wonder if some people are turned off by the way each Make Cycle unfolds in a flurry of activity? While we try to make clear that people can enter at any time, I wonder if that is the message newcomers get from the activity. MOOC, if you were to stumble upon yourself right now — in the third Make Cycle — what would you think? Would you feel invited to participate?
This question about chaos is interesting. I love chaos, choice and abundance. Do not know if people do fear or avoid chaos.
In real world chaos is normal mode, order is exception. (Order has always been forced upon people, in Europe we know about that from history)
Chaos is said to provoke creativity, so lets make chaos bloom. (I do not want to cite Mao tse Tung, for he was an order-by-force dictator)
On a computer screen a MOOC is not as chaotic as it is for someone who wants to get an overview. On a computer screen all is coming one by one, so the chaos is less.
All people participating in this and other moocs seem to cope with this chaos very well.
Maybe someone will ask in a survey when the mooc is over all participants some questions about chaos as a gift or as a danger.
(Part of this text was my comment on questions of Kevin

Feeling accepted and at home with people depends in my view on getting attention, connection, and comments on blogs, someone noticing you. Do you agree? It is like a fair, like the fair in our village now. A fair is chaotic, chaos and lots of people and things, but if people are kind you will enter the fair without worries.
I would feel invited in this clmooc as at least one person would make clear she did notice me participating. And I am very happy more did in fact. Did you make someone feel at home in this Mooc, and how did you?

Questions (from januari 2011)

eendjesSome questions about connectivism:

How is connectivism in education related to cocreation and co-design?
(what comes next is written in 2013 july 6)
In #clmooc Hacking is an important way of producing. Making by hacking, adapting and ‘ímproving’ could be the only way to make.
Hacking … a new term for upcycling?
That makes making and producing a human enterprise, because you need someone else’s idea, make to make your own make.
This draft is a hack of an older post. This post was made because the influence of participants in the clmooc. They made me think, and made me look into the map of this blog.

This blogpost has been laying as draft from januari 23 2011 until I came in this #clmooc to connect some ideas. Hacking is a connectivist word, just because hacking needs a network.

And if you want to know the importance of blogging in a MOOC, read what Terry Anderson  and Dave Wiley write about that subject.

Why I like blogging. Blog as a Map of learning walk

In a Mooc I do always blog.
It is because my texts and your comments are in one place here in this blog. We could read the history of this blog. Here I save your comments. With this blog We are connected with comments and tags and with pingback. In this way my blog is a map of my learning walk through moocs. In the blog as a map comments are highly valued places of connection to fellow participants and their blogs.
I do copy text from this blog to other places (in comments on blogs, on facebook, and in Google+.
I do like blogging more than Google+ because G+ is a chaotic mass of comments and texts. Slowly g+ is getting better.
With blogging we meet in smaller groups around the subjects we like. (In G+ we get lost because everyone is producing different texts that make us loose direction.

Teachers should encourage students to publish texts in a blog. A blog as a portfolio.

Learning Walk

I did walk, with camera. (I often walk at lunchtime)
At first I did see a lot of things, people working, birds flying, but did not take pictures. I need some time to get started.
Than I took a picture of a butterfly hotel.

vlinder hotel
“Do butterflies use these hotels? ”
The first photo was the most difficult, because one has to make a decision to make a picture. You just have to start and look and ask questions and take pictures. Maybe you happen to know answers on my questions?

Than I did see again a birds feather. Took pictures of them.

“Why do all these feathers fall down? Why do birds loose them?

Came across a dump of old pipes and PVC, made a picture of that.

pvc pijpen
“What will they do with old PVC-pipes?”

Did some more pictures in this walk. But this is an example of my way of learning walking. I did slow down and did walk looking around and around. The learning walk makes me see more and think about what I see.

Streetview #clmooc


Streetview, walking and taking pictures.
Nice way to learn to watch where you walk.
Take pictures while your are walking around.
Put the pictures together, and tell the story.
(The story could be fictional or factional, a short story or a 400-pager)
Write down something about the process of taking pictures and thinking about the story.

Some people may not take pictures of the street, the stones, but of the surroundings, or people, or letters, or … Some people prefer walking inside a building.

What does it mean to be a maker? To make is to play, to play is being human.

Make your Avatar as an introduction in #clmooc

avatarI did submit this introduction activity for students in the #clmooc.

Everyone now has an opportunity to make an avatar. Making an avatar is a fun way of introduction for new students and teachers. And for participants in a Mooc.
I would like you all to make an avatar (please do a search on Internet to learn more about avatars and how to make them) You could paint, use textile or any material (and make a photo of it), or use a computer program.
You are encouraged to support and to help each other.
It will help us if you could write a text on the process of making and / or on the meaning of your avatar.
Make an avatar that can be used in the next months.
Publish your avatar in your blog, or Twitter or in a Facebook group on this MOOC.
And put your avatar in your contact info in Google+
Let us know when you are ready.
I do this avatar-make in new groups and classes and students really like it. And it helps them to get to know each other in the group. And I do learn their names very quick. 😉


Connected Learning and research

connectedlearningI would like to understand connected learning. Connected learning … propose a new approach to learning — connected learning — that is anchored in research, robust theories of learning, and the best of traditional standards,…
In the FAQ we read … the learning philosophy of connected learning draws from John Dewey and Maria Montessori, as well as other progressive learning approaches …
And in Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design (PDF) Siemens and connectivist approaches are mentioned. (p.83) And on p. 87: … This report has synthesized a body of empirical and design research in order to propose an approach to learning and educational reform … I am getting very curious to find this body of empirical research.