130121 PLN Finds

31500846_f941121ba3_oI have had a productive morning following up on some links in my PLN alerts.

Whilst looking at a range of resources provided by Google, I found this 2010 introduction to a personal learning network. It is a five minute video shared by ThinkFiz via Google Sites.

Today’s Cowbird story, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is written by Michelle Johnson. It helped me think about how we share stories and how these stories can become a focus of problem-based learning opportunities. A post by Jackie Gerstein, Providing Opportunities for learners to Tell Their Stories, gave me more food for thought.

I was particularly interested in Jackie’s link to Small Talks “a new website (under development) that provides educators with resources to assist students in researching, writing and recording their own lectures on subjects they’re passionate about”. I followed up Jackie’s discussion of story-telling with a read of her post from last year, Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education.

My next find was a report of Connected Learning.  The report:

advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition.

One way of connecting is through video. I have been looking at Google Hangouts as one option for connecting small communities of practice. A few days ago I found Keek (“a new kind of social network. It’s the easiest way to share video updates with friends. You can upload video status updates (“keeks”) using your webcam or the Keek app for Android and iPhone“).

Via Paper.Li this morning I found Peter Csathy’s post, Instagram for Video. I followed up on two of his links:

Peter has six requirements of an Instogram for Video service:

  • Easy-to-use HD video capture
  • Apple-like user experience: seamless integration with the video capture device and one-click filters, effects, private/public sharing
  • Immediate untethered fast file uploading to the cloud
  • Optimized cloud transcoding
  • Intuitive video content management from the device itself and any connected device
  • Intelligent and secure delivery/playback

On my journey today I came across two fascinating sites that were particularly engaging: Jesse Chapman and Tina Roth Eisenberg. Tina led me to Barry McGee with another kind of a story … and thoughts about re-presentation.

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barry_mcgee_mural_11 (Douglas LeMoine, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Accidental Readers, Connected Learners, Curators

I made a couple of short car journeys last weekend.

Long enough, though, to catch some delightful snippets from ABC Radio National.

On Saturday I listened to Geraldine Doog’s conversation with Hugh Mackay on Digital Tribes.

They were discussing the place of reading newspapers in our everyday life and the changes that are occurring in our lifestyles.

Is the switch to a more visual medium just an aesthetic shift or is it part of a broader trend of simplifying our knowledge base? And how do these differences feed into the broader debate about politics, democracy, and generational wisdom?

A podcast of the conversation can be found here.

On Sunday I caught Mimi Ito on a Future Tense discussion of Creativity. In the transcript of the program Mimi observes that:

I think that we are starting to see a shift in what people think of as creative activity, creative work. I think that you’re seeing that even within the domain of commercial media where you’re seeing forms of media that are about remix, that are riffing on earlier media, that are referencing other media, that these forms of expression are becoming much more visible and part of our common idiom.

At more of the populist or amateur layer, I think the positive dynamic is that we are seeing production, media production, curation, circulation really becoming something that people do on an everyday basis, it’s not just the domains of experts and professionals. So we’re seeing a broadening of the base of what people think of as their everyday creativity.

I think it does mean letting go of some of these cherished notions of individual authorship and lone brilliance and creativity that have animated a lot of our imagination about what creativity means. So in the balance I think there are things both gained and lost, but I see a lot of positive potential, especially from the point of view of young people’s creative expression and what the new digital media has to offer.

From Mimi’s contribution I followed a lead to Connected Learning. I think the design principles for Connected Learning make an interesting link between accidental readers and connected learning:

  1. Production-centered
  2. Openly networked
  3. Shared purpose

… and from there I followed up on a link from Stephen Downes to Beth Kanter’s post The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation: Reducing Information Overload. I ended up this journey with a visit to Robin Good’s visualisation of content creation tools.

I like the possibility that this is riffing on a variety of media.

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Riffing on a theme – lost mitten

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