As the 30 Days of Learning in Ontario OSSEMOOC project comes to a close, we want to thank, and congratulate, all of the educators who took the opportunity to share their learning. For some, it was their very first time posting their thinking in the blog format. We thank you for taking the time to let others learn from you. We hope that you will continue to share your learning and connect with others doing the same.
Thank you as well to everyone who took the time to comment on the blog. You shared your response and your feedback, and kept the thinking and conversations going.
Special thanks to Deb McCallum for creating a flipboard magazine with the content here: https://flipboard.com/section/ossemooc-b4GnnY
One of our goals in OSSEMOOC is to have people connect and then create, to go off and learn and share, to sustain those connections and that learning. We were excited to see Deborah McCallum’s efforts to collate the 30 Days of Learning in a new format.
Collaborative blogs give ownership to a group rather than an individual. As co-owners, we all anticipate the next learning. We are motivated to comment and continue the conversation as we are invested in this community of learners. Collaborative blogs encourage new thinking, invite new participants, expand our world and our learning. They give us a focus for reading and sharing.
We learn by watching others. We teach by modelling the practices we value. Collaborative blogging allows us to model the action of making thinking visible.
We all have a story to tell, and we learn from each other. Together we are stronger and wiser. Connected learning takes many forms: observing, reading, asking, reflecting, writing, speaking, audio, video and collaborating. Connected learning and leading is a participatory culture. It takes time, time to jump in, time to create new routines and time to build comfort. Courage is needed to put yourself “out there” and find your voice. It is worth the risk to gain insight, broader perspectives and recognize that “the smartest person in the room is the room”.
In our technology enabled learning environments, connected students need connected teachers and leaders. As educators, I believe each of us owns nurturing those around us and role modelling. As pointed out in one of the blog posts, value encouragement and supporting each other with “just right” feedback is important for adult learners too.
Each of the 30 days of learning bloggers has taken the leap of faith, put themselves “out there” to share their reflections and ideas. Congratulations to all for openly participating in the collaborative learning process.
We often wonder why it is so hard to change thinking in education, to bring people into the world of connected learning. We learned from Tim’s comment that perhaps focusing on the changing world, while validating the work that has been done, is a key component of making this change happen.
This comment on Stacey Wallwin’s blog helped to reinforce the understanding that what you do has impact that you cannot always see. Comments like this are the sustenance we all need to keep doing our work to Change the World #CTW
It’s hard to hit publish. But opportunity can be fleeting. Don’t be afraid to share.
Be more dog and grab the frisbee when it comes your way. Carpe diem!
Mark Carbone and Donna Fry
OSAPAC Co-Leads for #OSSEMOOC.
Change The World #CTW
30 Days of Learning in Ontario:
The Lead Learners Who Modelled the Importance of Sharing Learning and Thinking
Our model pre-April blogger: Rodd Lucier @thecleversheep
1 Mark Carbone @markwcarbone
2 Cathy Beach @beachcat11
3 Brandon Grasley @bgrasley
4 Aviva Dusinger @avivaloca
5 Heather Theijsmeir @HTheijsmeijer
6 Jonathan So @mrsoclassroom
7 Louise Robitaille @robitaille2011
8 Julie Balen @jacbalen
9 Jac Calder @jaccalder
10 Scott Monahan @monahan_scott
11 Emily Fitzpatrick@ugdsb_missfitz
12 Deborah McCallum @bigideasinedu
13 Paul McGuire @mcguirp
14 Bea Meglio @megliomedia
15 Lindy Henderson @hendylou
16 Andy Forgrave @aforgrave
17 Brandon Grasley @bgrasley
18 Donna Fry @fryed
19 Mrs. Lewis @mrslewistweets
20 Heather Touzin @heathertouzin
21 Mark Carbone @markwcarbone
22 Daniel Pinizzotto @mrpinizzotto
23 Brenda Sherry @brendasherry
24 Michelle Parrish @mproom31
25 Kellyann Power @kellypower
26 Heidi Siwak @heidisiwak
27 Doug Peterson @dougpete
28 Rita Givlin @ritagivlin
29 Stacey Wallwin @wallwins
30 Denise Buttenaar @butden