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Open Participants 2020, The Network

Herons

Herons are beautiful birds. So big -huge wings and very distinctive in flight. When on the ground they often blend into the background, but here are some pictures I’ve taken this month. This one down at Victoria Park: Victoria Park again – different day, but probably the same heron. I love it when they perch like old men in macs: And another – almost certainly a different bird – at Mugdock last week: One of the few blessings of lockdown […]

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Bookmarks

I can rarely find a bookmark when I want one – I use scraps of paper, post it notes, whatever I have to hand. I remember trips to bookshops as a child, the thrill of a book token for Xmas or a birthday, swapping the token for a stack of new books, picking up a handful of free bookmarks at the till. Now I buy most of my books online, of course. But sometimes I take a book from my […]

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Echo. Zine

Today I got an email: “Please find attached a fold-your-own zine titled: Echo. Zine” Exciting! What would it be? I opened the attachment and followed the instructions. I pondered, I wondered, I got out my colour pencils. I coloured, I savoured the words. I pondered, I remembered Steller. I did not remember my password! Eventually I got access. I played for a while. Time to stop dithering. I publish. I did not add a description. You can imagine it is […]

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Interesting Character Assignment

#tdc3030 #ds106 Interesting Character Assignment https://t.co/QYsqNALYIY— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) April 29, 2020 This is my Granny, Constance May Hobbs. Her father had a soft furnishing company that went to the wall during WW1, so she left school at 14, but was fiercely proud of her teacher husband, her 14 children and all her grandchildren. She was so talented at crafts – she painted, knitted, embroidered. My favourite flower vase was made by her and I have two of her […]

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How to nurture a community of online learners

“Community…..” flickr photo by Kamaljith shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license I’ve been involved in open learning for several years now. It started almost by accident, when some guy called Dave ran a crazy learning experience that we called rhizo14, carried on serendipitously into a sister experience called CLMOOC, and gradually became a part of my daily ritual as I started participating in Daily Creates. Much of what happens in these open, online experiences can appear to be random […]

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Rhizo Reminiscences

Were were you six years ago? When I asked myself that question earlier this week I realised that I was participating in the first week of rhizo14 So much has happened since then – so much that I don’t know where to start. I tried to remember who I met for the first time then and put tagged some people in a tweet: Hey, people – this time 6 yrs ago we were taking part in the 1st wk of […]

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Recipes

My Granny taught me a lot about cooking. She’d read a recipe – say for pork chops with apple – and say that she thought she’d make it for tea, and maybe alter it a little bit, because she realised that she had some lamb chops and apricots that would make a good combination. Whatever she made was delicious – she was a great cook. I thought about this today when I attended a seminar which was advertised as being […]

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Resolutions

It took me a long time to start doing the Daily Create. I wanted to participate, but I was not sure I should, or could. Although it’s an open community, I still felt that I’d be an interloper, rudely bursting into a private conversation (and I’ve heard others say this about similar situations, so I know that this is an issue for open educators, but I am going to side step this for today). And the people participating all seemed […]

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Reindoodle

More doodling – a reindeer today. Again I searched Google images and scanned through to get an idea of the basic shapes I wanted to draw. Then I sketched, quickly, using a Tombow brush pen this time (lovely pen, I am enjoying drawing with this). I grabbed a red crayon and coloured in the noses and hats. Then, when the first piece of paper was full I grabbed a pad of plain paper and drew another reindeer, coloured it in […]

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Poinsettia

One reason that I like participating in daily drawing challenges is that it encourages me to try to draw something new, rather than doodling the same shapes that have become familiar to me. So when I saw that it was a poinsettia for Thursday’s drawing I was a bit daunted, but luckily I had a few minutes before going into a workshop to do an image search. I searched for poinsettia outline and scrolled through the results to get a […]

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Who owns a hashtag?

I’m doing a MOOC from Futurelearn at the moment with some friends: Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations It’s interesting, I am getting to use some familiar software (TAGS) and some new stuff (Tableau), and it’s good to think through all of this with others. One of the topics for this week is the concept of public spaces – how a hashtag can create them. And, as a result of that I’d started thinking about public and […]

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