Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#CLMOOC: Make Cycle 1-Unmake an Introduction

This summer, I am participating in Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration, #CLMOOC, a collaboration between the National Writing Project and the MacArthur Foundation. The theme this year is Make Cycles, an opportunity to make, create, learn and explore as a way to experience Connected Learning. Over the last 8 years, I have experienced connected learning in many ways, and I am excited to spend some time learning with colleagues all over the world this summer!

Make Cycle #1: Unmake an Introduction

This week in Make Cycle #1, we have been asked to deconstruct something we have created as a way to break down barriers as a way to promote equity and participation among participants, a principle of Connected Learning.

The other day, while walking around Lake Harriet, near my home, I spotted this Great Blue Heron perched on a dead limb. I decided to snap a photo, as one of my favorite pastimes is photography. I thought it would make for a good subject for my Make Cycle #1 project! Using Pixlr, an online photo editing tool, I added the Kaleidoscope, Posterize, and Hope fllters to alter the image. You can see the before and after below. 

I've used Pixlr before, and love that it is FREE, and contains similar tools to Photoshop. At the same time, this MOOC is about learning, and so I wanted to try a new tool as well. I decided to play with PicPac Stop-Motion and Timelapse to see how it might work as a tool for this project, as well as for digital storytelling for students. 
Recently, I took down the tree house I had built when my kids were younger. I took a few photos of the process and used PicPac to put the short movie together. Since this make cycle is about "unmaking," it seemed like fitting subject matter! Here is the final product:

If you haven't joined #CLMOOC, there's still time! I encourage you to join me to connect and learn this summer!