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I was catching up on some previous lectures and played around with TurtleArt. I got inspired by Andy Gilmores amazing geometrical art (http://crowquills.com/) and made my turtle spin out 10000 coloured hexagons... Big Ideas for me were the representation of code instructions as   puzzle pieces (embodying syntax) and the equality of authoring and output environment. I know visual coding from software like Max/Msp (cycling74.com) but found that the shape of the turtle blocks nicely gives guidance as to the syntax of what can be connected.
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Hi there-may I join your group?...i guess I somehow missed the E-Mail with groupnumbers etc;(
I'm an Industrial & Communication Designer from Heidelberg//Germany interested in Creative Thinking & Innovation...

My Mechanical Eye (LCL - Session 02 Assignment - Gears of My Childhood)
As long as I can remember I’ve always been in love with images and their powerful way to tell stories. From the moment I was born I was surrounded by pictures and ways of making pictures - be it photographs or paintings. My dad - making a living as professional photographer and film developer- would spend most of the time in the darkroom where I’d sometimes have the pleasure of witnessing images being summoned up on a previously blank piece of white paper submerged in a pool of chemicals with a stinging smell. Next to my dad’s, my grandmother’s luscious and colourful paintings decorated many walls of my childhood and her workshop with her pastels, watercolors, ink and oil was the playground for many more afternoons that I can remember. 

However it was film that always caught my attention as the most compelling medium: the possibilities of combining photography, painting and stories seemed endless; the magic of seeing the dust particles floating against the projector’s light in an otherwise dark theater was one of my favorite sights. When I was around 7 years old I realized that if I could close one eye and then blink the other one really fast a flickering effect similar to film being projected onto a screen would overtake my sight. And thus the gear of my childhood was born. I would spend hours of the week pretending to be filming, recording reality through my eye to the point where I would turn special moments like holidays or hikes into “documentaries”.

It was a time before ubiquitous cameras, before creating images had been democratized and my only possible way of doing it was with my own eyes. I learned even how to frame images, try new angles and use my head as a sophisticated camera crane I had so much fun with my mechanical eye. I don’t remember when I stopped to actively use my eye as a way to mark “memorable, filmable moments” but maybe slowly morphed into my current profession as a visual creator, I know that without that always-ready tool to capture life as it happened I wouldn’t have had been able to cultivate and exercise that during my most precious youth.

Hi everyone!

Awesome to see us all coming together. Im in London where I recently graduated from a course merging cognitive science and computer science. Im currently part time teaching at university and am getting more and more interested in creative ways of learning, which I think are key for skill-based topics like programming. Im interested in helping people understand the world around them by using insights from data as well as interactive narratives (I like working with interactive online video).

Looking forward to learning with you!

+Sarah Knebusch had the great idea to organise our discussion in categories according to the weekly sessions of the course. I've created 8 weekly categories as well as this 'meta discussion' where we can discuss everything about how we'd like to organise our online communication.

Also, Ive made everyone a moderator, such that we can all make changes like the above in the future. Are you able to choose Actions->Edit Community->Add Catergory?

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Here's the TED Talk about the "Marshmallow Challenge" that Mr. Mitch Resnick mentioned towards the end of Session 01 and that was the activity that took place at MIT after the G+ Hangout, and that the online community is supposed to do during the course of this current week.

Hi,

I'm Leo. I'm a computer scientist and interaction designer living in Bonn, in Germany, and working in designing interactive technologies for first response and emergency management. I'm interested in learning methods to foster innovation in a participatory way.

Really thrilled to be part of this course!

LEo

Hi,

I’m Blagoje. I live in Belgrade, Serbia. I'm studying molecular biology and physiology at University of Belgrade. Creative learning and thinking is important part of solving scientific problems, so I’m very glad that I have the opportunity to attend a course that teaches how to learn and think creatively.
I hope we'll have great time learning together!

Blagoje

Hello everyone,
I'm Carlos. I"m an videomaker/storyteller that works in advertisement and narrative fiction/nonfiction features. In my work learning new tools and techniques can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of my work, on how effectively messages are communicated and emotions are reached.
I want to apply the lessons learned to my workflow in video production and postproduction everyday by becoming a better learner. 
I'm a child of globalization so the idea of having my first MOOC is truly appealing to me: I'm from Caracas, Venezuela but I've been living in Madrid, Spain for the last 5 years with my American girlfriend however I'm officially a Hungarian citizen since my dad married my Hindu+Native-Venezuelan mother and gave birth to this guy that's introducing to you.

I'm excited to share this course with everyone I hope that we all can make the best out of it.

tl;dr: I'm a videomaker living in Madrid, Spain looking forward to learn how to learn creatively in order to be able to adquire new tools to my storytelling and technical arsenal
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