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Make 6: CL Futures  - 
 
Hi, folks.  As you work to revise and remake your CL plans, I have three suggestions that will lead us into the summer institute work.  #1.  Make an actionable plan and think through the discrete tasks or steps that will be necessary to realize that plan and reach your goal.  #2.  Work to articulate how your plan is informed by CL.  You might find the graphic below a helpful workspace for thinking through CL principles of learning and design and #3.  Document your work implementing the plan with photos, videos, reflections, and student work.  These three items will be the raw materials we work with in June.  If you need any help thinking through or implementing your plan, just ask.  TRWP is not a one-and-done organization.  It is a network of teachers supporting teachers in just these kind of ways!
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Make 6: CL Futures  - 
 
Make Cycle 6 with +Michael Flinchbaugh starts now!  A big thanks to +Ben Worthington for helping us use comics as reflective tools.  Looking forward to how you all will mobilize those reflections to create connected learning plans for the future!
How fitting that our final two cycles move from reflection to envisioning the future. For the past two weeks, as we discussed reflection, we considered its power to connect us, to help us find stre...
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I love that you used Ender's Game in the intro!
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Make 4: Paper Circuits  - 
 
Paper circuits on Makey Makey steroids. Check it out!
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Make 4: Paper Circuits  - 
 
The Make Cycle 4 Wrap-Up Newsletter is out!  Looking forward to your reflections on equity and full participation this week as those vlaues are, I think, at the heart of engaging all students and teachers  in transformative learning.
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So, folks, we're at the half-way point in TRWP Connect, and I'm thrilled with what we're building here-- a creative, collaborative, connected learning community that is pushing each of us to rethink teaching, learning, and the practices of school in a networked world.  When I saw this video today, I didn't know if I should laugh or cry, but one thing's for sure, TRWP Connect is not your mother's pd!
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Make 4: Paper Circuits  - 
 
A great NWP hangout on air today about hacking notebooks with circuitry.
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Well, as you can probably tell from the tone of my first comment in this thread, I think it's dumb and a big fat waste of time.

Of course, when I take the time to be more careful in my speech, I'd mean to say something a bit more nuanced.  

I come from an early background in the sciences, and had to learn humanities.  The arts still sorta baffle me, but for my attention they're the best game in town.  I still read a lot of science literature, though, both fiction and not.  I'm encouraged by the direction NWP has taken to ally with STEM efforts (and STEM $$$--Holla!)  As a traditional ELA teacher, I see that writing, which has traditionally been held by English departments, could either erode and collect in other content areas, or diversify itself now through the efforts of writing instructors  and curriculum planners.  English as a unified discipline needs to accept the need to make itself more marketable, and Science and Math are areas that have the most potential for growth.  There's a not-too-subtle attack on humanities in NC and the greater nation, founded on notions that they don't help with the world of work.  It's a shame that language need prove itself as useful tool, but if it be so, work to engage science literacy as both science AND literacy is essential.

I totally dug on the fancy notebooks, as my geeky make four exhibited.  I can't help but be selfish when I think about the use of such a thing--I think I learned a lot more about writing than I did about science--but this sort of integration is a great starting point.  Tech in publishing has already turned my classroom upsidedown (for the better), and as long as I don't have to write manuals for blenders, I'm exited about the confluence of Stem and writing.  Five years ago I'd have admonished the girl who knits through my lectures.  After attending a few NWP events, where I saw folks at podiums knitting while presenting to knitters listening on the front row, it just seemed natural to let her keep on keeping on.
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Make 5: Reflections  - 
 
Will gave a talk at ECU last year.  Thought you might enjoy considering how we are coming to be connected learners through heroic reflections.
 
This week's all new true story, "Who I Was and How I Came to Be," by Will Brooker, is about the fine line between being an academic and a super hero, a fan and...something else. 
by Will Brooker I used to keep a diary. A diary is a map of your old life. I used to live in Cardiff. On Connaught Road. Can you see it, on the map? Strung onto that constellation of resonant names...
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Dr. Batman is such a fan of the Nolan movies--I've often wondered what he thinks of my Batman films.
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Make 5: Reflections  - 
 
The Make Cycle 5 newsletter is out!  Looking forward to having +Ben Worthington and +Michael Flinchbaugh lead us in reflecting on our learning!
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Make 4: Paper Circuits  - 
 
Make Cycle 4 is lighting up the interwebs!  Check out the kick-off newsletter and get ready to see the bulbs light up as we explore equity, participation, and social engagement over the next two weeks.
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Make 3: Maps  - 
 
Make Cycle 3 Newsletter is posted!  Looking forward to making maps and exploring interest-driven and peer supported learning with +danielle lewis  and +Jennifer Smyth and the rest of the group.   I guess I'll have to make maps of Paris and Ulm over the next two weeks :)
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