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Peter Kittle
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I've been struck over the past two days by the sense of community that has emerged, and how that community building is facilitated by shared endeavors. Simply by creating something in community--whether through needle felting or paper circuits or soft circuitry, or the mashup of those with the Cozy Classic story genre--we had opportunities to be quiet, garrulous, thoughtful, provocative, humorous, and reflective. It just seemed that the working conditions were conducive to sharing, collaborating, commiserating, and enjoying learning--even when we were feeling a little (or even a lot) of frustration at achieving our aims.

It also brought out for me the role of expertise in learning something. I think that having an expert in the room--not as a know-it-all, but as a resource--can be really important, but it's probably equally important to have a neophyte as well. I liked being able to make a little learning discovery and share it with colleagues, and equally enjoyed learning smart tips from them as they figured things out.

I think that too often we feel pressured in our classrooms to jam the time full of "learning" even when we know that the activities aren't really that conducive to real and engaged interaction with he subject. I need to remember to build in time for playfulness and reflection on a more regular basis!

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Here's my page for our connected learning 12-word story.
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Here are some links to paper circuitry tutorials from Jie Qi at Chibitronics, the makers of the circuit stickers we're using in our institute. 

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Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom (edited by +Antero Garcia) outlines the principles of Connected Learning, and provides examples of CL in action in classrooms across grade levels and disciplines. A great resource!

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Luis Suarez Meme Madness: Contest Winners!

After aggressive voting, the results have been tabulated and winners declared.

1st Prize: +Rebecca Powell 
2nd Prize: +Joe Dillon
3rd Prize: The Philly NWP Office crew!

Congratulations to all who entered! And thanks again for all of the thoughtful conversation on memes!

Winners, please send me your snail-mail address, and I'll get your #clmooc Meme Maker keyring-thingy in the mail for you. :) Please select either blue or orange. Space invaders not included (maybe they're for a game in this week's make cycle ... ).
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If you still haven't had enough of memes, you could buy today's shirt from woot.com. It's a lovely collection of cat memes. :) 

http://shirt.woot.com 
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Vote on the Luis Suarez meme submissions! Help determine who gets to win the uber-swoopy #clmooc  3d-printed keychain prizes for best Luis Suarez meme. Voting is open until Monday night, and winners will be announced Tuesday morning. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/119luYVK6gt7YJGY9zvrh97RXHhkaQlt8UL4oDIK0bLU/viewform

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NIke has a new World Cup video that garnered over 50 million views in just a few days. The folks behind the Powtoon animated web presentation software have put up an analysis of how Nike strategically used three elements to increase the chance that the video would go viral.

Obviously, the Powtoon people are trying to sell themselves as providers of a platform that can help others make viral ads, so this should be read with a critical lens--but the ideas are interesting and worth considering.

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Excellent guide to Twitter chats for those new to that kind of conversation. Just in time for the #clmooc chat tonight at 7 eastern, 4 pacific. Hope you can join us!

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The top three books on Luis Suarez's GoodReads list ... Inspired by +Kevin Hodgson 
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