July 29, 2015

Where are you from?

For this week of CLMOOC I've been thinking about how you geo-locate yourself. Since leaving my birth home I've lived in 11 different locations. So when I get that question "Where are you from?" I have to pause. I know where I live now, I know where I was born and I know my second home....so I’ve created this map* to geo-locate my life from my history. The different colours are true, they represent the physicality of these 3 places. From dairy farming, island life (with sea being the dominant feature) and the desert, arid land where the impact of man are faint. The striking long mountain range is the backbone to this imaginary land. It has so many stories that I don’t (yet) understand. The orientation of the maps have been changed. Where would we be without North? Our own (dis)orientation happens most frequently when we fly from one place to another. Particularly for long haul flights where the body clock just can't catch up. Technology might give us a short cut for many things but our body soon tells us the true orientation.

I am picturing these lands when they were all “national parks”. The national parks under the surface of the water that we see here are so vast and in many cases, not well understood. They are the water of life.

How do we geo-locate within the Connected Learning MOOC? As humans we seem to have this need to have a reference point and align events, people and situations in our life. The first week of any course has that  introduction element (or an untro!). Otherwise disorientation can impact learning and we are left floundering like a faulty compass. Gaining our bearing is so important in this learning context. Once we find 'our place' we can start to participate. Those that never find North in the picture soon disappear off the radar. Unless you are a lone ranger. The lone ranger is not always impacted by others around them but continues to function in line with basic requirements of survival and rules of harmony.

Lone Ranger methods:
In lone ranger fashion I went to the last link on the "Additional Ideas" for this week to get ideas from Map Stack (not really functional for my side of the world). I started with Google map images, used Snipping Tool to wack them into Powerpoint and then played around with as many tools as I could. By grouping them together and saving as a single jpg picture I ended up with MyMap. A shorter version is on my Tumblr blog. http://etalesandstories.tumblr.com/post/125340974950/how-do-you-geo-locate-yourself-this-imaginary. I'm still working out how Tumblr works in with my main landing page here.

July 24, 2015

Dividing up Spaces

Hi everyone!
I still feel like I'm in the conversation even though it's async! Watching this I was able to use the  exercise to think about dividing spaces and how we are 'trained' to put things in boxes or consider comics as only "characters that do stuff". If we blow this apart and look at "image, text and spacial compositions" then these drawings become much more dynamic and multi-faceted.

Here is the result of the exercise titled: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
(watch the video if you want the details of the exercise!!)

This is using the crumpled blank piece of paper that I kept from my Untro. I knew it would come in handy! I made a whole heap of notes while watching that video. Fodder for future chewing! Some things I think about when I step back and look at the above 'drawing'.
  • I am me, one line from the start of the day until the end of the day, there are no gaps
  • The crumples in the paper are the sub-text, they can be ignored or they can dictate the marks on the page
  • This ends with an inward turning arrow (make of that, what you will)
  • My drawing contrasts with the highly structured colouring in page in the background
  • Our 'public space' called DAY is bound by the edges of the paper
  • Some spaces will be filled and some spaces always have room for more
  • There is no going back...tomorrow will be a new page!

MOOCing with mantras.

I've started the week 4 of the Connected Learning MOOC with a mantra (very zen)....


The Mickey Mouse Systems Guide - See the post here for details.

Reciproc8 - 1/3

1. In response to Simon Ensors post "Piles of Stuff" I wrote this comment/poem on his blog.

Piles of stuff are always part of a system. 
System thinking helps us solve problems. 
Piles of stuff can be used to solve problems. 
Piles will no longer be piles once a use is found. 
Unless the piles are set on display.
Behind glass. Utilitarian become precious.
To represent the fear of powerful systems.
An overreaction to a ridiculous problem.
We continue to create our own piles of stuff. 
Do we see ourselves reflected in these collections?
We are, after all, only a pile of bones in a skin bag.
A complex system nonetheless.
Connected. Interwoven. Set apart. Yet joined.
Hold my hand. We will traverse the solar system.
Like a game. We call it life.

Reciproc8 - 2/3

In response to this post from Tania Sheko I wrote this response:
"People are complex"
A very powerful post, thanks.
What is remarkable about your post is the detail of your memory.
This always fascinates me but I think it also explains the richness and diversity
of some of your other work that I have read (only recently). Richness in writing doesn't just have to do with memory but also the ability to incorporate detail and experiences and stories together.
I'm also thinking about memory loss and brain loss.
I think the story of Christine Bryden is amazing http://www.christinebryden.com/christine-now/
One thing she describes is the difficulty of everyday life when you just can't remember how to do things. I see from her website that she has her 4th book due out this year. A survivor indeed!
However I think that having an explicit, precise memory can also create some baggage that can make life heavy at times. I was touched by the honesty of the teacher you "don't want to write what you remember". This is still a burden.
On the flip side is those that have experienced trauma and their memory is wiped for that particular time. This seems to be a self-preservative streak. I wonder if we always look into our memories for happy things (well, naturally, I'm saying to myself).
When I feel like some light reading (not) I turn to this book in my book shelf "The Anatomy of Memory: An Anthology" http://www.amazon.com/The-Anatomy-Memory-An-Anthology/dp/0195078411.
It's incredible and humbling how much this function of our brain means (or creates meaning) to us. There is a whole section of "Childhood and the Middle Years" and this is where we are pulling our memories for this exercise. It reminds me that awareness of what our memory can produce can look different when recorded (verbal or written) but we need to be gentle with ourselves.
These are just some thoughts that your post has evoked.
(This is my reciproc8 ticket 2/3 for this week)

Reciproc8 3/3 happens here

In response to Terry Elliots self-autopsy up of the Twitter chat for Week 4 of CLMOOC.

What I've learnt: 

Using this mantra to study has made me think more about how I respond and reciprocate to others in connected learning. For me, reciproc8 means focusing on the material that someone else created and really seeing 'it' instead of it all blurring together in one #heap. The items that have depth and something to sink your teeth in are the best. Then there is the x-factor of an item that jerks my emotions or thoughts. Attention to the detail, taking time to take in the content, being honest with our answers and learning more in the process. It does take longer than the fickle "great post" comment but it's worth it.

I've also been thinking about the benefit (or not) of adding a quick like, +, heart or star....all the same thing. That physical action is somehow crucial to my humanness. I need something tactile and it may also mean that I remember that post (even if I can't find it later).

What could it mean to the creator of the work?: who knows? One possible answer is based on how I feel. Oh, they 'liked' it, that means they saw it, they didn't know what to say, they were too busy to read it further but hey, it might have influenced their thinking just a smidgen.



>>>>Simon Ensor coz his stuff makes me think

>>>>Tania Sheko because the way she shares stuff helps me enter her world for a short time

>>>> Terry Elliot for this great graphic (and many more). A simple formula but the results will be as unique as fingerprints. Also for his way of annotating thinking and sharing.

>>>>Maha Bali "I value all the interactions I have there" [online space]

>>>>CLMOOCers at all levels of the structure

July 16, 2015

Mickey Mouse Systems (or why it took me three times longer to get to work)

Thanks to Monica Multer post and Ida Brandao influence it took me 3 times longer to get to work today because I choose to #DoNowBike with systems thinking. I photographed the systems that I incorporate into the part of my day called: Getting To Work

I watched this video as well (shared by Sheri Edwards) which starts off with the whole bike thing. Given that I spend a fair bit of my time on this mode of transport (but I'd really just like to be a Vespa girl) I was interesting in this perspective. So here is my biased view on systems.

With this diagram from Sheri https://farm1.staticflickr.com/426/19719210482_b2e3bdbe29_b.jpg  I'm thinking this will fit right in.

Connected Learning MOOC Week 4 - All Systems a go!

July 14, 2015

Why Play?


1. Start here at this Hackpad started by Terry Elliott: https://hackpad.com/LevelUp-with-MetaGame-How-to-Make-a-Game-of-the-Call-to-Make-Games-for-Week-Three-of-CLMOOC-kZS0isYLCsD (Genre: Terry's own)
2. I created this Swiss Cheese Game with a Cred.ly badge to go with it all. (Genre: Hide and Seek)
3. And this Pick Your Words (Genre:  )
4. Created some QR-lickers 'big cousin' to the Plickers in response to the Twitter prompt about documenting the "Rules of the Game" during a Marco or maybe it was the Polo shout-out. Here are 3 possible answers, which one will you pick?


1. Life is a Game with Tania Sheko

2. #celebrateteachers (record a response and tag a few others), kicked off by Kevin Hodgson

3. Marco Polo and I've got the badge to prove it!
4. A Fantastic 5 on a Friday (#F5F) turned into a game suggested by Wendy Eiteljorg. I was thinking about framing new ideas in digital spaces, opening spaces, looking beyond the things that are typed and connecting the natural world with the digital age.


1. Games as a kinetic system - Monica Muller (https://hackpad.com/Pick-Your-Words-RthwuzNQxN0)
2. I watched this one: What is a Game

3. That got me thinking about the Tao of Pooh and wondered what the old bear would think of making games. I think he would say "it's about time for a little something".
4. Which lead me to The Tao of Game Design - Know Thyself and Know Thy Player.
5. Heaps more stuff, reminder to self - check the G+ Community for more links and ideas.

July 6, 2015

I Hacked the Hackpad

The original text (sort of) attracted my attention because it was a jolly good read and it was assumed that it would never been seen!

1. Hack the hackpad started by Terry Elliott.
2. Use the N+1 tool suggested by Ida Brandao
3. Pick one of the 7 options at random (well not really 'coz 5 is my birth date and nothing is random)
4. Highlight some pretty funny things
5. Share


Horizon - A Journey in 5 Parts


I started as a poem in response to a photograph.
(I'm a haiku which is a more funky sounding poem)

I've been exhibited on a wall.
(People come, read and leave)

I've had music written for me.
(Pause in your busy schedule, listen, enjoy)

I've been splashed along an amazing sunset picture.
(Picture that)

I've been coloured in
(I kinda like this version)

What did I learn from this journey?
(apart from having fun and changing outfits)

If I'm not around to explain me
(which doesn't take long)

Then audio and animation certainly adds to my life
(some outfit changes work and some don't)



1. Hanging out with a bunch of people:
Make Cycle #2 Hangout


2. A Remix of that: How to [Google] Hangout!

3. Flipping out with a few others for another introduction.

Making Learning Connected - Maker Cycle #2 -
Many thanks for collaboration with Laura Ritchie and Amy Cody Clancy

July 2, 2015

The story of Error 404

The best story yet
is the story of this door
Error 404

story of things hidden
bikes not ridden
handles not used
code abused

You can go here
for creative ways to say
an error makes you pay

You can go here
to find out how to fix
empty windows

Search here
for misconfigured system files
dirty windows

Feeling social?
will show you an artists
view of life.

Or this kind of support
doesn't like your dynamic content
directory not found

Is this original
No, not at all
It's all been thought of before.

Finally this link

gives you an (un)intentional story of error 404.

Post Script:

Now I'm tempted to update with this
Breathing life into
An error 404
That has now been fixed.

Making Learning Connected - Maker Cycle #1

Maker Cycle #1

First for an un-introduction or reconstructing how we might introduce ourselves to others, online.

Untro - It's not Untrue

What about a digital badge to make you feel better about all the mistakes that need to be made in the creative cycle. Remixed from Terry Elliott (remixed from somebody else)

OOPS Credit - Cred.ly badge

Do It Now - Not sure what the purpose of this exercise is, however I did find an object that I identify with. It does keep people engaged and sharing but seems a bit random #donow
One way of curating is asking all the participants to do it for you! Could we select just five posts that caught our eye this week.

Fantastic 5 Friday #F5F

What did I learn?
  • It's fun making stuff. Because it's fun I prioritise that above other more mundane chores
  • unpacking introductions made me think of identity and how we portray ourselves online. I tidied up my avartars across the different platforms that I use because it is an easy way to ID someone
  • I learnt all different ways that people perceive themselves
  • I thought about how I identify as an introvert and how that impacts how I interact with others online and how that suits this type of learning