Category Archives: May 2015: Couch to Connected!

May 24, 2015: Curating with Pinterest

Curation is an important component of digital literacy.  Please join us on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 p.m. EDT to learn more.

Did you know that using Pinterest is a form of curation?

If you have never used Pinterest, our 30 days of getting connected has a lesson just for you: Day 10: Pinterest is for more than just crafts and recipes!

If you are on Pinterest, try some of the links we have provided on that site, as demonstrated below.

 

Challenge: What Pinterest boards can you create to share valuable information with your colleagues? Share the links on #OSSEMOOC!

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May 21, 2015: Curating Content with Scoop.It

Yesterday we looked at the important digital literacy skill of curation.  Today, we learn to use a popular curation platform (Sccop.It) both as a place to gather curated material in areas you are interested in and as a place for you to share back content that you want to curate.

As a resource, we are using Day 13 from our 30 Days of Getting Connected: Curating with Scoop.It.

 


As a challenge today, set up your own Scoop.It account and share a link you have found valuable this month.  Then, share back on Twitter using the #OSSEMOOC hashtag.

May 20, 2015: Thinking About Curation

As we work through this week, we are looking at a digital literacy skill called curation.

Briefly stated, curation allows us to share resources that we feel are valuable to our practice.  When others curate resources, the wide stream of information on the web is filtered for your personal needs.

In order to get the idea behind “curation” as an important digital literacy skill, we ask you to refer to and read – from our November series – Day 9: Beginning to Share Content,

and Day 12:  A Deeper Look at Curation in Professional Practice.

As a challenge, consider the kind of information you are looking for in your professional life, and the kind of information that you would be able to share back to others with similar needs and interests.

May 13, 2015: Connecting by Commenting on Blogs

Today we continue our series on how to make connections online.

Blogging is a way for educators to share their thinking, their learning and their practice.  When we read a blog, and something resonates with us, we can start a conversation by leaving a comment on a blog.

Bloggers often set comments so that they will not appear until the blogger has had an opportunity to read and approve the comment first, so don’t be frustrated if you can’t see your comment on the blog right away.  This is a way to prevent spam from being posted on the blog.

Resources: Day 15: Commenting on Blogs

In particular, check out the student created list of success criteria for blog comments.

This screencast features the connecting by video work done on Tuesday night. Keep in mind that our final task for May will be creating a similar video where we ask you about “What is Your Next?”, and this will be our submission to the K12 Online Conference in 2015.

This screencast includes some brief learning about commenting on blogs.

Challenge: Take some time to read student blogs and make a valuable comment for their learning. Some examples can be found on Comments4Kids, Kathy Cassidy’s Class Blog, Karen Lirenman’s class, or ask on Twitter for some links to class blogs.

Then, take some time to read and comment on an educator blog.  Links can be found on both margins of this page.

We Did It! What’s Obvious To Me… Our Collaboration

Our special thanks to Darren Kuropatwa and Alan Levine for joining us tonight and helping us to create this beautiful compilation of metaphors about our work.

If you were not able to participate tonight, stay with us through May.  Our final project this month is a compilation for the K12 Online Conference next year. Don’t miss it!

Thank you so much to all of the #OSSEMOOC participants tonight. You were OSSEM!

 

(This post has now been updated with the full-length production.)

May 12: Connecting Through Online Learning

Today we look at how we can connect with other educators by taking advantage of online learning opportunities.

If you are a connected educator and leader, you will often hear of opportunities to learn online through, for example, MOOCs, webinars, internet radio, and Hangouts on Air.  Taking part in these learning events allows us to connect through the chat or by taking a leading role, and often these connections lead to ongoing conversations, blog posts, and other forms of sharing.

Tonight, OSSEMOOC is offering and opportunity to learn about digital storytelling with two of the best in the “business”!

Join us here at 8 p.m. EDT for a fun look at digital storytelling.  Our group task, and your challenge for today, is outlined here.  Bring your phone or tablet, or do the task in advance, but be sure to participate!

More details here.

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Join us at 8 p.m. EDT on May 12 for this session.

May 11: Becoming Connected – Finding Your Way on Twitter

This week, we look at ways to build our Professional Learning Network Online.  How do we forge the connections that help to sustain us in our work, support us in our learning and in our quest to find our next practice?

We will continue to use the November 2014, 30 Days to Getting Connected (in 10 Minutes Each Day) as a basis for our work, but we will now start to connect more with each other and with educators online.

Each day we will post a screencast and a challenge to help you move forward with your learning.

Monday, May 11, 2015: Connecting Using Twitter

Resource

Please complete “Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 5, Twitter is Where it is Happening”

Challenge

If you are not on Twitter, please get an account today.

If you are on Twitter already, your challenge today is to follow all of the others in our list here.  If you feel ready, try posting one thing you have learned this month using the hashtag #ossemooc

 

May 7, 2015 Listen While You Work, and Personalize Your Online Reading

Topic: Personalized Learning for Educators

Podcasts and Personalized eZines.

Resources:

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 4 (here)

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 11 (here)

Events:

Be sure to use your new knowledge of Twitter to check out three live events happening in Ontario today:

#CanConnect15 – @CanConnectEd

(Watch live here: http://www.canconnected.com/)

#TLLP – http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teacher/tllp.html

#OAME2015: http://oame2015.ca/

#uLead chat – 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT

Challenge:

What podcasts are you interested in listening to?

Let’s crowd source to find out what other educators are listening to online.   We will take you through the crowdsourcing process next week.

May 6, 2015: What Are Other Educators Thinking?

Let’s learn to find and follow the blogs other educators are writing.

Screencast:

Resources:

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 2 (here)

Events: 

7 p.m. EDT: #onedchat Achieving Excellence!  Follow the hashtag on Twitter, and participate if you already have an account.

Challenge:  

Find two blogs that are interesting to you.  Use suggestions you find in the Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 2 Resource, or choose blogs from the margins of this page, or from the Ontario Educators site.

Follow the blogs by email.  Next week, we will ask what you have learned from these blogs so far, so get ready to share!

Later this week we will ask other educators to share their favourite blogs with our newly connected leaders.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015: Websites for Educators

In Week 1, we are looking at all the ways we can collect the information we need for our personal professional learning.

What are some of the great resources out there for educators?

Screencast:

Slides for this screencast are available here.

Resources:

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 3 (here)

Events: Ontario Game Changer Series:

Ruben Puentedura, 7 p.m. – The SAMR Model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgyNKsnuBB4

Challenge:

Let’s build a collaborative document that lists the best websites for educators.  Take a moment to fill in this form.

Be sure to share the link with others.  Fill out the form as many times as you like.  Ask your colleagues about their favourite websites and share them here.

The results will be shared in a Google Sheet here.