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Dean Shareski has been running a wonderful example of learning by doing/sharing/reflecting in his personal learning project to learn how to play a guitar. There’s a lot of things I like about what he is doing:

  • As a teacher, he is doing the same project he is asking his students to do. I cannot say how powerful this is, it is the thing Jim Groom has done all along in his digital storytelling courses (even before ds106) and was something I always respected Barbara Ganley for doing when she was teaching writing at Middlebury College. This changes the entire student/teacher dynamic.
  • Learning is happening in public. Dean is showing the example of examining what he is doing by putting it out in public. Not the final project, but the process. This ought to happen all the time.
  • The network is providing People are responding to his posts with suggestions, resources. etc.
  • Narrate the process doing this in video makes you reflect to an audience, but more importantly yourself. As you progress, the videos should chart your progress (can someone say “assessment”?)

So I cannot just let him pass what eh put out as a challenge without picking one up myself. I’ve thought about it a while, and came up with wanting to learn how to play the harmonica I bought for my trip. I imagined having the time to sit around campfire and learn how to play, but the thing has hardly been out.

I am sitting in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina and said, damnit Dean I gotta catch up. This is my first baseline, or Dean’s step 4 “Take a early baseline snapshot of your understand at the beginning and another one at the end. Compare and analyze.”

So help me out with some resources, videos for me to get started. I’ve seen a few, and they all involve someone who makes it look so easy a 2 year old should be able to be wailing the blues in 10 minutes.

I’m ready to learn.

The post "My Blues Harp Learning Project #1" was originally pushed out of the bottom of a purple jar of Play-Doh at CogDogBlog ( on October 10, 2011.


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