CogBlogged Tagged ‘etmooc’

New Site, Look for True Stories of Open Sharing

I was not happy with the way my site was working out to present the new collection of True Stories of Open Sharing. I found my categories were forcing me into artificial classification. And the nifty gizmo I had used previously, CoolIris, for the “wall of media”, works, but is annoyingly tedious to update (manually editing of a Media RSS file). I also thought I could embed videos directly from YouTube, but no. The answer? Of course, a new WordPress site – http://stories.cogdogblog.com/ I was hoping for a theme that was kind of like a video carousel, where I could load stuff in a lightbox overlay off the front page, maybe from a post excerpt. Most themes I found were ones that had nice front ends, but pointed to videos on a post. And heck, I already had one working well for my photo gallery with customizations done to randomize […]

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#nightAtORD

Two flavors of this story, a series of comic renderings (done via the Halftone iPhone app) or an extended storify. [View the story "#nightAtORD" on Storify] A few thoughts. The whole ideas seemed like a fun way to pass the time via tweets, photos, some audio. It actually is an fascinating experience to observe the flow of a busy place in its off hours, like going to a 24 hour grocery store at 2am. I wonder if travelers know of all the unseen staff at night on carts, pushing carts, pulling carts, cleaning waste bins, mopping, spraying, wiping the escalator walls, etc for the purpose of your passing through. Second, recently in some twitter banter I said something that probably sounded derogatory towards creating things in mobile apps. I did not express it well, but deserved the tweet slap from D’Arcy Norman. I do not imply that you cannot be […]

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What is Storytelling? for #etmooc

What mean ye storytelling- the #etmooc version from Alan Levine Thar be slides, slides, slides, way too many slides, from a presentation I did online yesterday as part of the ETMOOC Section on Digital Storytelling. You can find resources mentioned at http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/What+Mean+Ye+Storytelling and an archive is available. It was a lot crammed in. I wanted to play out the idea that as a concept, digital storytelling is something I don’t focus on defining, as most definitions fail to capture the range of things we see— in fact, they way I frame ds106 for my students is that I can’t tell them what storytelling is. The whole class experience is making that a question we pursue. And more and more and more and more, I find that shifting teaching from a “I know this and will transmit it to you” is way less interesting that taking a topic or concept and […]

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E.T. MOOC

Inspired by tonight’s #etmooc live animated GIF variety show from Jim Groom, Tom Woodward, Michael Branson-Smith, and Brian Lamb, I could not help but stay up later than advisable making a GIF. It’s a break in the action from grading. No, it’s just like an idea that gets in your brain, and will not stop til you frame it out. I present, what happens when Educational Technology meets a MOOC in a field, you get E.T. The MOOC(ie). This was done in Photnshop CS5 with a bunch of layer hi-jinks, starting with basic images of cow in field, and a PNG file of ET (useful for its transparent background). I separated the cow from the background, and backfilled it with some clone brush of the grass. I used two shades of blue and the Render Clouds to fill in the sky. I had a GIF of a flying saucer from […]

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Seeking Your True Stories of Open Sharing

Have you ever had a pleasant, unexpected surprise happen as a result of having shared something online? I’m building out a new collection of these stories, having done it in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Previously I called these kinds of stories “Amazing”, but I got in a little trouble so now I am re-casting them as True Stories of Open Sharing. What is it I am looking for? Did you play the video? ;-) I drew the idea from my own experiences- ever since I started in edtech in the 1990s I’ve shared openly on the internet just about everything I have created. Why? because that is where I learned everything I know about edtech- from the stuff others have shared before me. Is that crazy? I can’t tell you how many times people have stolen my ideas and gotten rich of of them. That’s right, I cannot tell you. […]

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Blogging as Pointless, Incessant, Barking

This cartoon is on a card my sister sent me a few years ago; I have kept it on my refrigerator along with the gallery of dogs past. But I’m not that dog, I’m still at the blogging, April of this year is rolling up to the 10 year mark for CogDogBlog. I’m still figuring it out. And that is what I was musing about today for the people in the open #etmooc course/community (were I in the business of making acronyms would I be aiming for “COURSMUNITY”? No) that launched this month. My part so far has been setting up the blog hub, and in verifying the feeds for that site, I have glanced at over 450 blogs. I’ve not seen any alike. Quite a few are new blogs, maybe new for the course but also it seems some educators first efforts. That’s awesome. I tuned in for the […]

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Howdy, ETMOOC

My introduction video for the newly launched ETMOOC – something I might be lukewarm about were it not something that Alec Couros was fostering. His own network connectivity, not the linking for the same of linking, is something you want to be part of- witness over 1000 people who signed up, 200 of them fitting in a Collaborate room last night for an introduction. This is the kind of “M” in MOOC I can get behind. For lack of being creative in doing something novel with media, I filmed myself on my iphone, obviously not having a clear sense of what I wanted to say. This is from my home in Strawberry Arizona, (yes that is a real place). I’ve had fun tricking out some WordPress hijinks to add a blog hub and a twitter archive to the course site. Largely in doing this, I am learning new tech skills […]

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Building the ETMOOC Blog Hub (part 2)

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by epc In my last post, I quickly overviewed the wordpress customizations I did to set up the ETMOOC Blog Hub. Using the Feedwordpress plugin for a few feeds is easy to do, and it does a rather slick job of finding feeds from a blog URL. The messy part is dealing with a lot of blog feeds. Getting this part right is more than just tossing URLs into a magic box, you have to have a good grasp of how RSS feeds work in different blogs. It’s messy. Because of those pesky humans. Over at ds106 we have a rather elegant blog registration system that Martha Burtis designed, that actually does a web registration and automatically enters someone’s new blog into Feedwordpress. The thing is there is a bit of variability to deal with when allowing people to bring […]

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Building the ETMOOC Blog Hub (part 1)

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by agiledogs I’m really getting the hang of setting up these FeedWordPress powered syndication sites- I wrote a few days ago about using this approach to create a twitter archive site for the ETMOOC site. At the same time, and more over the last few days, I have been tweaking the edges and putting into motion what should be a core of the site, the aggregation site for participants in the MOOC which starts next week. Alec Couros has that draw power! I heard well over 1000 people signed up; the ETMOOC Google+ Community is brimming with intros of educators from all levels and corners of the world. As a little bit of architecture, the main ETMOOC site (http://etmooc.org/) is running WordPress multisite, using URLs for subsites, and I have rolled out the two extra sites, the Twitter Archive (http://etmooc.org/tweets/) and the […]

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Building ETMOOC Twitter Syndication/Archive

UPDATE June 19, 2013 Since twitter has killed their version 1 API, there is no longer a public RSS feed provided for twitter activity. Expect new solutions to emerge, one that is usable now is this method from labnol to convert the new JSON feeds to RSS using a Google Script. This method works in FeedWordpress. I’m growing more and more and more and more (more?) interested in building out more syndication architectures like we have done in ds106, at a range of scales from te 600 feeds we crunch for ds106 to the 40 or so we did for the Project Community Class down to the 2 I do for my own self syndication. Leaning towards the bigger end, I have been working to set this up for the ETMOOC thing Alec Couros (and about 90 other people it seems) are launching soon. It’s been a great chance to […]

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