A Piece of Thinking

I love the “scholarship” involved in this Daily Create:

Further instructions when you get to there is to just write the first paragraph. So now I will begin, but not complete, a thinkpiece about something I am not expert in. Ds106 is all about the moxy.

In Defence of Professional Scrabble

Scrabble needs its professionals. Not to work for it in spreading the popularity of the game or anything. We need them to stand vigil in defence of the rest of us against the evil forces that the game itself exerts on our language. You see, Scrabble has created a false economy that underscores the alphabet. There are subconscious waves at play in one of your cortexes that gives you a smug feeling when you use words in conversation that include the letters J, Z, Q. even F. We subconsciously think that we ‘scored points’ in our discussion because those letters were included. It doesn’t matter that we steered the conversation about weather patterns to include jazz. This is also the reason why quizzing is so rampant in education when there are far better forms of authentic assessment. The following is my five point plan for taking the letters back from Scrabble.

featured image: “scrabble” flickr photo by sammydavisdog https://flickr.com/photos/25559122@N06/8054926394 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Tweeter & Melancholy Man

Daily Create 1964 #MakeASongBoring

**Sing in your brain to the tune of The Traveling Wilburys¬†“Tweeter And The Monkey Man”**

Tweeter and  Melancholy Man were okay for cash

They slept through the night after watching some M*A*S*H*
His underwriter boss had a brother named Dan
For reasons quite explained he loved his brother Dan

Tweeter was an undergrad and once went to Vietnam
And found out the easy way how to order Banh
Yesterday bought tickets to see the Jersey Boys
So they hopped onto a local bus called the number 9

And the drapes came down, all the way to here
Never saw them when they were open
But now I see them¬†them when they’re closed

The underwriter boss kind of liked Melancholy Man
Even back in childhood didn’t mind seeing him now and then
Dan got married at forty to racket salesman Bill
He made business calls to Melancholy Man from an office down the hall.

It was out on Daisy road РTweeter at the wheel
They pulled¬†into Denny’s¬†– they could hear them tummies growl
The underwriter boss¬†pulled up and said “Breakfast’s on me
If you don’t order extra sausage¬†now you’ll pay for it yourself.”

And the drapes came down, all the way to here
Never saw them when they were open
But now I see them¬†them when they’re closed

A Dodge Caravan rolled up, station wagon close behind
Tweeter took his kleenex out and wiped off his hands
The underwriter boss was left to get in his sedan
Near the empty lot by that other piece of land

Next day the underwriter boss he had a belly ache
tummy taking the whole thing personal,¬†didn’t care about the toots
Dan had told him many times it was you to me who said
In Denny’s¬†everything’s lethal man even their salad

And the drapes came down, all the way to here
Never saw them when they were open
But now I see them¬†them when they’re closed.

“Boring.” flickr photo by chrismurf https://flickr.com/photos/chrismurf/192377530 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

 

Magic Realism Bot

Daily Create # 1882 Spawn a story that the Magic Realism Bot started. Okay! This should be pretty normal.

What? Well I have some advice for the Irish Shopkeeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ReverseAMovie

The Daily Create for today is to Reverse a Movie title and then kind of make the movie poster for it. Did you know Trainspotting 2 is coming out?

Just in time for this sequel, here comes a companion piece about a man and his dog.

Spottraining: Choose sit. Choose stay. Choose down. Choose leave it.

Sorry, but I think I just keep getting real plots

Daily Create 1735. Illustrate a Story Spark

A greedy armorer avenges a straightforward toxicologist in a plastic university

That’s the plot for Notting Hill

An evil physiologist eats breakfast with an amicable microbiologist in a jangling record store

That’s the plot for High Fidelity

An irresponsible queen goes on a quest with a sensible bacteriologist in a mortifying boutique

That’s the plot for My Two Dads

A prejudiced pursemaker loves an emotional agronomist in a pronged blacksmith’s shop

I think this is Downton Abbey

Write a spy story about an irreverent steelworker who develops a relationship with a tricky highwayman in a bitter clinic

Pretty sure this is The Full Monty

An alarming tax collector goes on a quest with a frank criminologist in a chaotic prison planet

I think this is from the 6th season of Dexter.

A filthy computer hacker has an one-night stand with a diplomatic hydrologist in a gangrenous salesman’s motel room

Probably Lost.

Am I doing something wrong? Can’t seem to get a new one. Let’s try one more:

A touchy galley slave hates a quiet zoologist in a tubular dwarf fortress

See? Slumdog Millionaire. They’ve all been done before!

A Dream Team, or Maybe A Perfect Storm

Daily Create #1748  Who is your dream team? This dream team is real and is taking Canadians to task for their historic treatment of indigenous people through the residential school programs that worked to remove a culture.

Maybe it’s more of a perfect storm than a dream team, but it certainly is something to make you sit up, take notice and think about what it all means to us as a nation.

Here are the team members:

Chanie Wenjack: The subject of a¬†story that we need to hear. A¬†12 year old Ojibwe boy who ran away from his residential school in 1966 and tried to walk home… 600 kms away.

Gord Downie: Gord is in a perfect position to give us whatever shit¬†he feels like¬†right now. He is a rock star. He is the Canadian rock star who also happens to be a wonderful poet. He¬†also happens to be dying of brain cancer. Canadians all realize we are soon going to lose one of our greatest treasures so our eyes are on him. He’s releasing The Secret Path,¬†which is likely the last new music we will hear from him and it tells¬†Chanie Wenjack’s story. Gord also used The Tragically Hip’s final show to put the Prime Minister on notice that we need to make things right.

Peter Lemire:¬†Graphic¬†Novelist. The sombre mood of his previous works seem to fit just right to this project. See Essex County for an example. Peter has created a graphic novel and film about Chanie Wenjack to go with Gord Downie’s album. The music and the imagery together draw you in immediately.

Joseph Boyden: A writer who has written his books extensively in indigenous settings, is also releasing a novella, Wenjack, about Chanie, which will bring us deeper into the story.

Canadians:¬†It’s up to us to join the team, bring this story into our collective understanding of who we were, who we are and who we want to be as a nation.

 

Write? But Why?

whyDaily Create #1747¬†is to answer the question, why do I write? The Daily Create website claims that today is the National Day of Writing, however does not identify which nation, so I’ll assume that it is Honduras. So, to celebrate Honduras’ National Day of Writing, I will try to describe why I write.

Here are some things that I write:

  • emails
  • text messages
  • notes to self
  • blog posts for work and for myself here in this space
  • oh, there’s another email to write
  • you have to write something in the box when you Google stuff
  • grocery lists. (just kidding, I just wing it and that is why we have 17 bags of spaghetti)
  • emails
  • Tweets. And sometimes the tweets will be written about other writings I’ve done so we’ve gone meta
  • Just let me finish this one email
  • That might be about all the things I regularly write other than did I mention email?

But why? Oh yeah, that’s the real question. Well, for me in this space, it’s to practice, try ideas out, reflect on the process and to share the ideas for anyone to borrow from if they want because I am going to borrow from you, too! I¬†think it is fun to frame your thoughts with a sprinkle of humour if you can think of a funny way to present things. Might as well get a giggle out of¬†it while you let people know that you are thinking and the ideas that are important to you. Seriously, why not?

The Clash of The Clash & Clash

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flickr photo shared by secretagentmoof under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

This is a public service announcement. With Guitar.

A new thing is called Clash.me that takes your text and turns it into pop culture audio snippets.

An old thing is called The Clash which is an awesome punk band.

This is the clash of those two things:

Know Your Rights

 

 

9 Lies the DS106 Open Syllabus Tells

Daily Create 1718 The Digital Storytelling Syllabus is full of lies. I will highlight them below.

Lie 1: Course Name- Digital Storytelling: The Open Course-Digital Storytelling? No digits have told me any stories yet!

Lie 2: Instructor: NOBODY. There is no one in charge of this class, no leaders.¬†No leaders??? We’re all in the community together, so we’re all ¬†leaders. Which is the opposite of no leaders.

Lie 3: Location: The Internet-¬†The Internet? Okay this is true so it’s a lie that this is a lie. Still counts.

Lie 4: Term: Ongoing-Sometimes in the middle of the night no one is posting anything so it stops then.

Lie 5: ds106 Bootcamp- There are no boots. There aren’t even socks.

Lie 6: 7,8,9- That there are 9 lies in the syllabus.

So, after all of this, still interested in ds106???? Me, too!

flickr photo by kozemchuk https://flickr.com/photos/kozemchuk/12752922954 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

18 Myths Uncovered About Learning

Daily Create 1717: Get a random blog post title and then write it

In light of number 2, in which we find out a myth is not a myth, for clarity’s sake the list below is a list of things that are true as far as I believe.

1. Having a numbered list in your Ed-Tech article is not mandatory. My list will probably not make it to 18. Or it will in a totally bullshit way.

2. Myth doesn’t even mean myth like you think it does

Folklorists often balk at the common usage of the word ‚Äúmyth‚ÄĚ to mean ‚Äúlie.‚ÄĚ A myth, by their disciplinary definition, is quite the opposite. A myth is a culture‚Äôs sacred story. It involves supernatural or supreme beings ‚ÄĒ gods. It explains origins and destinies. A myth is the Truth. ¬†http://hackeducation.com/2013/05/24/disruptive-innovation

3. The more open and shary you are with your learning, the more you will learn. Also, everyone else will learn, be happy, be more confident and live longer.

4. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself by saying you have a learning style, think of them more as preferences. You ain’t going to learn bird calls very well if you’re only a ‘visual’ learner now are ya?

5. Education buzzwords are great because they fizzle out and then we get to make fun of them. Let’s start a new one right now! Listify your learning! Everything should be in a list of at least 18 in order to learn anything! In the end, however, we’re just trying to¬†get learners involved in our¬†learning… is that so much to ask?

6. Seven, eight, nine

10. No one really wants to do group work, but some of the best learning happens in groups, teams, ¬†communities however they form. So take that for what it’s worth.

11. Twelve, thirteen

14. Knowing what cognitive load means is pretty helpful,¬†when you’re teaching.

15. If learning is tied to positive emotions of feeling part of something, it ain’t forgot none time soon. So, like, leverage that, eh.

16. Seventeen

18. We are finally there, number eighteen! Here is the final myth about learning, which means truth: Everything is a learning experience so just dig in and giver shit.

Bye bye.