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2014 MC #4 "Hack your Writing"  - 
 
Slowly getting caught up on cycles past as I like to work through things in a linear way. Here are the tools that I use when writing. Some a slight hacks, and most are just tools that work for me.
It's good to write and it's even better to write every day. One of the cycles in #clmooc this year is "Hack Your Writing" and it's made me think about how I write and the tools that I use to write. Most of the time I write something to put it online and my blog is the most common way to share it. Over the years I've used different blogging systems and amazingly I've migrated from various systems and hosts and kept the archive mainly i...
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Thanks everyone. It's amazing how many tools there are out there and how there is such a diverse range of ways to use those tools.
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2014 MC #4 "Hack your Writing"  - 
 
A busy week and a topic that I love and so much to catch up on!

Writing is something that I love to do and thinking about writing and how it works has been part of what I've been doing for a long time. Not sure if there is time for a blog post, but it's better to get stuff out there and share instead of making it perfect and structured, so that is what I'm doing.

The hackiest and fascinating thing for me is applying randomness to writing to see what emerges. The @horse_ebooks Twitter feed was fascinating and Buster Benson wrote a script that will generate your own version of it using your Twitter archive. I need to do this and will hopefully squeeze in enough time to get that going.

The idea is that you can randomly generate new tweets based on your old tweets. They seem plausible and it reveals a bit of the characteristics of your own writing. It's neat to do that sort of thing with your writing to see what emerges.

Years ago I was fascinated with Travesty Generators or what is know as Dissociated Press https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travesty_generator. It's a neat way to see what your style is. The same thing happens with the sites that randomly generate book titles or things like that. They seem plausible and it can reveal the underlying structure or rules and your voice.

It's neat to think about writing and write about thinking about hacking writing.
Today, @horse_ebooks sorta died. Long live @horse_ebooks! I remember playing around with Markov chains back in the day, and thought that it would be fun to see what that looked like when fed all 15,000 of my Tweets. Just downloaded my 15k tweet... | Buster Benson | Product manager on analytics.twitter.com. Amateur behavior change fanatic/skeptic. I tweet 10.4 times/day, retweet 1.4 times/day, and get 2.1 faves/tweet.
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This is really interesting!  Wish I could understand how to do it.
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2014 MC #3 "Games"  - 
 
When I first played Super Mario Galaxy a few years ago it made me think about it as a model for learning.
#games   #clmooc  
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2014 MC #2 "Memes"  - 
 
Memes are endlessly fascinating and it's a rabbit hole that I eagerly dive into. They're a wonderful way to make a comment and they also provide a nice connection with others who recognize the parts of the meme. It's a semi-secret sign to others.

But the challenge is that the cognitive dissonance at the core of these memes depends on the recognition of the mashed up meanings. So if you don't know the source material, it can be perplexing.

So the "We have no memes!" image that I made here really only works if you are familiar with Mad Men (and memes too). It's even more specific than that though as it also works best if you are up to date with the show since the image is from the most recent season of the show.

Just like a joke, if you have to explain it or draw it out on a whiteboard to describe the humour, it doesn't really work if there isn't a relatively quick reaction.

It's like teaching in some ways. You need to establish the common assumptions and the pieces to create the meaning. Then when you share something or introduce a new concept it can click quickly. But what seems like a sudden flash of insight has grown out of hours of shared experience and references.

A meme is a stop on The Road to Geekdom http://hypercritical.co/2014/01/14/the-road-to-geekdom as John Siracusa puts it. The challenge in teaching is to figure out the best way to build that common set of references to be able to create and build the enthusiasm that we need for learning and teaching.
#meme   #madmen   #clmooc  
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Thoughtful reflection on memes. I never really thought about them in this way, especially in regards to teaching. I'll have to kick this around. I still tend to see memes as more superficial and ephemeral.
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2014 MC #1 "How to"  - 
 
So many ideas and so little time. So I just did this. Inspired by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark's Cult of Done Manifesto (http://www.brepettis.com/blog/2009/3/3/the-cult-of-done-manifesto.html) I tried out the txt chat tool in Tapestry to make something so I will have started. So this is how I got started and got this done.
#tapestry  
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Thanks everyone!
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Introductions  - 
 
Hey everybody!

I'm Chris, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and I teach filmmaking at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, NS. I love watching films, helping people tell stories, and learning new things.

I'm excited to be participating again in CLMOOC and look forward to seeing what everyone will make and share this summer!
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Hi Everyone! Very great to be here.
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2013 MC5: Credos  - 
 
As part of the Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) I've been reflecting on teaching and learning over the month of July. Part of the process is making things and interacting during various cycles. One of the challenges for me in a larger and more unstructured environment is getting things done when there is a great deal of flexibility. One of the great things about the whole process is seeing the opinions and work of a diverse group of tea...
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2014 MC #4 "Hack your Writing"  - 
 
"There is no more effective way to remind yourself of all the errands or side projects that you really should be doing than by staring at a blank page. " - Steven Johnson has some great advice for getting writing done, which is to do some research and then start writing and fill in the rest of the research as you go. It's so easy to get distracted and lose the thread.
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I will do a little annotation on this in the am. 
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2014 MC #3 "Games"  - 
 
One of my favourite things to do is improvise in the classroom and in this #clmooc  cycle it made me think about teaching and #games  .
One of the best parts of #clmooc is how the sharing of resources and discussion broadens and deepens everything. For the third cycle the topic is games and I started thinking of board games, video games, and sports. But in the prompt the other important and significant bit of context and fuel for thought was the idea of play and that's when I started to think about how much fun it can be to teach and explore in an improvisational way...
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Lots of stuff to think about in your post! I've always thought that teaching is a kind of performance, but it is fundamentally improvisational because there are so many variables in the mix.

I'd love to witness a Battle Deck contest!
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2014 MC #2 "Memes"  - 
 
Some thoughts on how memes work in films.
#memes   #film   #filmmaking  
As part of the Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) we've been talking about memes. The most common ones are the clever images combined with text that illustrate a point. Diving into those is a lot of fun and with sites like Know Your Meme you can spend a whole lot of time going through them. In reflecting a bit more about the whole idea of memes and my particular area of teaching – filmmaking – made me realize that memes are a lot ...
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+Kim Jaxson The whole idea of music sampling as meme-making is spot-on. Listen to hip-hop, and you hear references to songs of the past, just like jazz musicians used to do when they brought the melodies of show tunes into their solo riffs. Audio memes? I think so.
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2014 Reflections  - 
 
Happy first day of summer!
Time to start blogging regularly again and to start to reflect on the fun to be had with #clmooc  again, so time for a #blog  post reflecting as we start the journey again.
The end of the term is the beginning of summer vacation for many teachers. Thinking about teaching and learning wouldn't be what you necessarily would think of first, but in an odd way, that's why it's the perfect time for the Making Learning Connected Massive Open Online Collaboration. Teaching is a profession, and paying the bills is important, but I suspect that for many teachers the paycheque isn't the most rewarding part of what we...
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Chris expresses the magic of CLMOOC here, and challenges himself: writing 750 words a day. 

It's a good challenge for CLMOOCers:
Write at least ______ words a day.

Blog about:
planning
making
thinking
connecting
learning
any thing

Are you up to Chris's unchallenge?
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2014 MC #1 "How to"  - 
 
Here is some How To inspiration in a lovely short film that Andrea Dorfman made a few years ago with musician and poet Tanya Davis. I love Andrea's work and she provides a lot of #inspiration  for me as a filmmaker working in my part of the world.
http://vimeo.com/3850863
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So beautiful!  I'm inspired!
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Chris is a long-time media creator with a keen interest in combining storytelling with new technologies in film, video, audio and the web. During the day he teaches Screen Arts at the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax with an emphasis on producing and post production. He's also taught workshops in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Bermuda. In the past he's edited a feature-length documentary film about the end of segregation in Bermuda, shot video, recorded sound, hosted radio and tv shows, made web sites, and served on several arts boards and juries, including the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative. In his spare time at home in Wolfville, Chris writes on the web at bitdepth.org, podcasts at badmetaphor.com, shares photos on Flickr, and microblogs on Twitter and Tumblr.
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