Being Intentional About NEXT

As summer winds down and the sunset times are getting notably earlier,  the start of a fresh school year is almost upon us.  Generally, I sense a focus on  anticipation for what will unfold,  but within this notion,  I find myself zeroing in on what will be different, what opportunities will come into play and how to bring change into effect.

I look forward to my continued work with  Donna Fry  on the OSSEMOOC  project where we focus efforts on  connected leadership  and the importance of  Now and NEXT.  I have set a personal and group ‘NEXT’ for 2015/16 and thought I would share them in different formats to illustrate that there are many approaches to creating your online voice.

Personal:

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— prepared with  Tellagami  which I learned about at #CATC15

Group: 

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Listen to the podcast:

What will your NEXT be?  Join the conversation by sharing your plans via blog post, podcast, animation or video clip with OSSEMOOC by contributing to the  collaborative  project.

~Mark

 

 

 

CATC Camp – digging in deeper

Once again our annual summer computer camp,  CATC By the Water,  was a great learning experience. You can check out some of the learning and innovating thinking at: CATC Camp learning and sharing or CATC innovators.

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One of my favourite conversations this year happened when I took the time to sit down with George Couros and Donna Fry to  revisit a conversation from a year ago, where we debated why educators look to one well known lead or theory to follow rather than leveraging the room – the educators who are learning, changing, innovating and sharing publicly.  After all,  the smartest person in the room, is the room!

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Digging deeper into the conversation this year we talked about another angle that I believe is important in this discussion.  Perhaps the most important element is not if fact “the one” vs “the room”,  but each of us recognizing which one of these causes the personal disruption needed to learn, change, grow and share.  After all, we each have a responsibility for owning our professional learning journey. Perhaps a good term for this would be “differentiated disruption“.

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Where do you stand: the one, or the room?  What does it take to shake up or clarify your  practice?

~Mark

 

Playing with Time

As a relatively new  GoPro  user, taking advantage of the opportunities at  CATC Camp  seemed like the perfect opportunity to experiment and learn.

After some trial and error over the afternoon actually wearing the device to take some time lapse photo sequences, I decided to experiment with capturing the magnificent sunset view at Kempenfelt Centre.

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After capturing the sunset with photos every 5 seconds over a 20 minute period of time, I imported the photo sequence into iMovie to render the sequence into a movie.  Next, I re-imported the movie and added a “speed up” effect at a factor of x20 to produce this silent “one minute sunset” video.

Great learning for me.  I wonder what I will do with the GoPro today?

~Mark

What Do You See?

After enjoying a wonderful conversation with  Jamie Weir  today,  I thought I would post this image as a point of pondering since part of our discussion explored the power of images.

What do you see?   How does this image relate to possibilities?

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Toronto ON

I was thinking about the possibilities of personal learning … choice, many entry points, differently routes and choice of pace.  Where will your journey lead you?

I invite you to share what you see.  Please share your insights.

~Mark

A Touch of Patch

David Truss writes on  his blog “Pair-of-Dimes”:  “It seems odd to speak of lone wolves to you, a person that is so intricately… connected.  And yet, as you read on, you will relate to the loneliness that I describe, that I too have shared.  Sometimes it is surprisingly …” [ read more here ]

This summer I had the opportunity to watch the movie Patch Adams (1998) again.  It has been years since I originally watch the movie. I remembered the general story line, but this time I was stuck by the parallels between Patch’s journey and courageous journey that many educators are currently undertaking as David describes in his blog post.

Patch Adams

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_Adams#/media/File:080515patch.jpg

Themes that resonated with me include having the courage to experiment, innovate, being brave enough to step out of your comfort zone,  and a focus on making connections – the human connection to build relationships and influence perspectives.

Without risking spoiling the plot in case you have not viewed the movie, the closing 15 minutes contains such a powerful message about following your passion(s), making a difference and being willing to challenge the status quo in positive ways. I wonder if these phases will capture your interest:  the power of transference, win/lose vs win/win,  share your compassion,  the passion to serve others, and carry the flame like a brush fire.   This movie is well worth the watch (or re-watch) in my opinion.   Perhaps viewing this movie will influence your  next!

Related Material:

Wikipedia:  Patch Adams

The  Gesundheit Institute

Patch Adams, M.D. – Transform 2010 – Mayo Clinic

~Mark

Lessons from Disney

In my reading last week,  I came across an article from the Disney Institute titled “Leadership Lessons From Walt Disney: Perfecting The Customer Experience“.  As a connected learner and leader, I am always interested in ideas for improving improving service. The interesting part is taking time to consider how new ideas can be applied to another setting – K12 education in this case.

Consider these two quotes from the article:

At Disney Institute, we were recently reflecting on the phrase, “simple is the new smart,” and it reminded us of a leadership philosophy we share with our clients and training program attendeeskeep it simple so that everyone understands.”

Walt Disney was a master at this. One of the simplest, yet most powerful and timeless leadership lessons we have learned from Walt is: “You don’t build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.”

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     Photo by Stephanie Schmidt (my daughter)

If you consider education through the perspectives  of “simple” and “build it for them” (the students), what would be different in education?   My initial thoughts include:

  • increase in play based learning
  • more creating and making
  • increase in choice
  • more self directed
  • multiple paths to experience learning, and a
  • focus on making technology (and I mean the whole area – hardware, software, access, digital resources) easier to use

What would you add to the “K12 by Disney” list?  Please share your insights to this idea by leaving a comment or connecting on Twitter

Additional Resources: 
Read the full  Disney article: Perfecting the Customer Experience

~Mark

Resources for OASBO PIM course

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Rozanski Hall – personal photo

~Mark

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