May 24, 2017

Let the Wheel Decide!

This game [for #CreativeHE] has been designed from the idea of giving some boundaries around trying a new digital tool. Instead of creating a 'How to' document and asking people to 'read and apply', use the wheel to decide the features and purpose to use the tool and then get creating! The best way to learn a tool is to use it and then to teach others to use it.

Game Instructions:
  1. Spin the wheel until you get a single [3] with two other choices
  2. Note down the results
  3. Create a [Digital Tool name] with those aspects.
The example given below is for VoiceThread. The wheel is designed with [1] types of media [2] types of comments and [3] purpose of the Thread

My Game Results:

I spun the wheel 3 times and got these options: Powerpoint file, Peer Review and Ass: watch. I might need to check these options with my teacher. She said that a watch assessment would not be applicable for Peer Review so I spun again. I got image jpg. Now my task is this:

>>>Create a VoiceThread that includes a powerpoint file, a jpg image and that is designed for peer review.<<<

Give it a go and share your VoiceThread with #CreativeHE

May 23, 2017

A game of honouring.

Image: Michal Parzuchowski,

Is there a place for play and games in higher education?

That is how Day 2 prompt starts for #CreativeHE. I'm not sure there is a yes/no answer so I'll approach this from a sharing perspective. A game that I enjoy is about honouring those in my Professional Learning Network (PLN). It involves these things:
  • close/slow reading
  • using new digital tools
  • curating
  • remix
  • sharing
  • fun
How to play this game:
Choose a blog post of someone in your PLN or curate information from open sources. Complete a slow read of the material. Pick a digital tool that can help you remix the blog post while keeping the original intention. Share it out and acknowledge the author.

Here are two examples that I created today.

In this remix, I look at Sundi's blog post on Intentional Practices.

Taproot Blues has been created from a set of tweets. I've put them together, nearly a poem!

These were created with Lumen5 desktop application. It uses images from and you can choose music to go with the work. 

April 25, 2017

Weaving Knots

Knot making
String work
Mat weaving

Some of the things I was thinking about when colouring in Kevin's card that arrived yesterday. This is part of the monthly themed postcard project of the Connected Learning MOOC. Mat weaving has a particular significance for me now. In the South Pacific, this art has cultural significance. By looking at the weave of a mat you can tell where the lady is from and island/family connections. There are everyday mats (for the earth kitchen floor), the celebration mats (for my child's birth), welcome mats (for our home visits), grieving mats (for the crying ceremonies) and the memorial mats (buried with the dead). Family is a knot, not easily broken.

In this TED talk Paolo Cardini talks about monotasking as a simplifying process. Colouring is a monotask but it's not about simplicity but about weaving things together. I find while I'm colouring that my ears are more attuned to outer noises. More things I was thinking about during this activity.
Paper touch
Shape making
Colour combinations
Contents of this blog
Sender of the card
Listening to sounds
There are other things I would put in the monotask basket that are complex and yet simple at the same time. Playing an instrument, playing with others, crochet, washing the dishes, composing music, bike riding and Tai Chi. What they have in common is the movement of the hands in repetitive ways, working the memory and expressing emotions (I can crash dishes, believe it!).

In my work space, monotasking seems a lot harder. If the computer takes a millisecond longer on getting to the screen I want, I'm off and checking twitter, email or the latest online news. Monotasking needs to be setup, planned and organised. I have a maker table in my office and this helps me to have spurts of monotasking/making. This helps me prioritise and return to my desk and work through tasks for the day. The other thing that helps me monotask is a sequence. Preparing the instrument, playing the instrument, cleaning and packing up. Warm up, Tai Chi sequence, quietness at the end of the sequence.

In some of these tasks I have occasionally been in the zone or reached flow state. For this aspect alone it is worth fitting more monotasking into your day. I think it is an entry point to achieving flow state. This is where you are performing a task and everything else disappears. For a period of time, nothing else matters, you can't see or hear anything else but the aspects of your immediate task. Now that is a buzz!

See I wrote all that and didn't even mention the other 'm' word (Mindfulness).

April 24, 2017

Twitter Lookbook

A Sweet Breeze

a sweet breeze rises carrying a subtle scent spring in new england #sundayhaiku #clmooc
By @algotruneman

buds opening now some leaves, not large. just pale green anticipation #sundayhaiku #clmooc
By @algotruneman

@algotruneman Even small flowers close their eyes to drink it in; embrace the Sunshine #sundayhaiku response #clmooc
By @dogtrax

The Process:

1. Twitter Archiver from Intro: Thanks to Terry Elliott for finding this tool.
2. Google Spreadsheet plus add-on
3. Export Google sheet to Excel
4. Import into Microsoft Access (save as .mdb)
5. Complete Word Mail Merge (Just coz I'm familiar with this one and it has a neat wizard to help)


Possible alternative:
Merging data into Slides
But I never quite figured this one out!

Next Steps:
I'm working on collecting my Twitter poetry if I can work out the advanced Twitter command. I'll run the Archiver for awhile and work out the format of my Lookbook! Another way to curate!

All images:

April 12, 2017

As for those Digital Moments

I like these Moments as way of capturing conversations that happen in Twitter. Often the tagging in Twitter means that others do not see the flow or get lost in the side tracks and byways that can fork endlessly from one tweet. I like the presentation of this embed on a mobile device much better than computer/browser based. It's still not quite in a format that I would consider printing.

Here are two 'Moments' that have occured recently.