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I tried to remix Gobo friend rescue as a platform game.  Fun, but still not happy with the way Gobo interacts with the platforms.
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Phew.  Think I am done week 1.  Here are links to my Design Notebook http://bit.ly/ccowdesignnotebook and About Me Project
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That is a great story...isn't it always the way "fun learning" works?
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I've been thinking a lot about the steep learning curve a MOOC poses for anyone that isn't already a networked learner, and wondering whether some possible things that might help could be:
1) Some sort of skills bootcamp model like they use in flat classroom projects: http://helps.flatclassroomproject.org/Bootcamps
2) A way for people to find other participants struggling with the same stuff (in my own personal learning journey finding other educators that were having the same difficulties and working through these together was very empowering).  I also just came across this blog post about badges, and wondered whether there was a place for badges in a MOOC environment? http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/badges-gaming-and-digital-media/
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That sounds awesome - sent an email to Marc Young and Steve Anthony - do you think BC Independent Schools would consider it?

Whatever happens - it's a step int he right direction :)
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Anyone feel like adding a new background to my Pass It On project?  Where should we ski?
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Thanks.  I had fun making it.  Might have ignored a few other things I probably should have been doing :-)
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I am trying to make part of a sprite transparent in Scratch 2.0.  In 1.4 I could do this by using the erase tool or choosing the transparent colour palette and painting it on, but I can't seem to find either of these tools in the online version.  Can anyone help?  What am I missing?
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Good information to have.  Thanks +Karen Vitek and +Phil Macoun  for bringing up the question in the first place.
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+Benjamin Wilkoff suggested I post this question to the group:

'What is the value of content expertise (especially in Math and Science) in a connected learning model?'

My first attempt to answer it can be found here: http://macoun.edublogs.org/2013/01/29/where-does-content-live-in-connected-learning/

Thoughts?
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I'm gonna pull in a comment that +Phil Macoun made on the blog post itself. 

Yes, we should be defining what an "expert learner" is within #etmooc . Sounds like a great topic for a vlog/blog post. What does it mean to be an Expert Learner? What does it mean to excel at learning? 
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Hi everyone.  I've had to step back from Flat Classroom projects this year, but am still lurking in the background :-)
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I am a math and technology teacher who has just recently taken on the task of supporting the teachers at my school as they start to try and use web 2.0 tools in their classrooms.  Up to now my interest in these new tools has been limited to figuring out how they work and how I can use them in my classroom.  This year, however, I have been thinking more and more about the bigger picture and asking myself bigger questions about how these tools are affecting WHAT we should be teaching and HOW we should be teaching.

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