As I noted in my last post ((Re)Mediating Who We Are and What We Do – a #CLMOOC challenge), I have been playing with the idea of remediation (interpreting texts with/through different media) for this challenge and struggling with it more than a little. This week’s Notable Notes will take a walk through the various social media platform participants use to mediate their #CLMOOC experience as I attempt to reflect on the experiences of the week.
Jeffrey Keefer struggled with this Make Cycle just as I did although for different reasons. His concern was the purpose of the thing – how could this make teach him and change him? He shared his frustrations with a pair of poems “Sometimes I know what I don’t know” and “I know stuff, but what do I know?” One of the things I hope that we all take away from this make is to remember what it is to struggle and fail and that we show these struggles and failures to our students. We are the experts in the room, but we need to also show our students we are humans, too.
Simon Ensor created a wonderful reflection on the idea of remediation, both the challenge and the difficulty, that might be a poem or something else. You be the judge. I think it is a wonderfully ironic and playful creation. It made me a bit jealous to be honest.
Jennifer Denslow created a Padlet (linked from her blog so it does fit here) offering up a wonderful selection of remediations in various forms. The Padlet allows us all to continue the remediation process.
Once again Thinglink is responsible for a make inspiring jealousy in me. This week’s make was courtesy of Grace Raffaele who added sounds (inspired by the image) to her image. I really need to learn how to use Thinglink…
Most of the recent makes shared on Facebook were about playing with images. I particularly liked Christina Winsor DiMicelli rendition of her 4th of July Fireworks collage and Tania Sheko’s use of the Picturesque app to create a stunning remediated photo. It was their work as well as that of Michael Buist that inspired me to start playing with some photo apps on my phone as well. I created a remediated untro with a Bitstrips collage. I have another project in mind that will require more time than I have today, but I created this quick image using just tools (and existing photo) on my phone to see what was possible.
While Michael Buist’s inspired makes and thoughts on the subject of remediation pushed me to try something new myself, it was Susan Watson who caused me to rethink the use of these “easy” apps with this Tweet linking her blog post. While they do indeed ease the remediation process what do we lose as a result?
It was Barry Gelston’s reflection on G+ that compared math with the artistic process of making and remaking (remediation!). He reflects on the importance of the creative process to learning. These words really resonated with me: “Isn’t learning about re(media)ting through iterations, taking chances, exploring, and following our passions till we feel that the project is over for now.” I also love the George Lucas paraphrase of Leonard da Vinci he shared : “Movies are never done, only abandoned.” As Gelston notes: “We should give ourselves and our learners that freedom.”
Julie Johnson’s blog post #CLMOOC Make #2: ReMEDIAting (shared via Google+) was interesting to me because it echoed so many of my own thoughts, but also pushed me to think a bit. In part because I’ve been doing a lot more cooking lately than I usually do (the perils of summer vacation), but I loved her creative approach to this make cycle.
In the end, I hope that sharing these struggles, these reflections, and these makes will inspire more educators, parents, and makers to try something new and risk failure for the sake of learning and creating. Learn more from another overview of this Make Cycle on the #CLMOOC blog.