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CCK12 How Connected is Chris

brainysmurf, 665 - The World According To Sweety, April 25, 2012.
Right on! What a great way to express yourself and demonstrate your new knowledge and skills. I love George's accent and Chris' happy dance about the expected grade. Nice job! :)

Final Thoughts CCK12

brainysmurf, 648 - meanie, April 16, 2012.
Congrats on surviving and thriving in your first mooc! It sounds like you learned quite a bit about yourself, where you feel confident and where you might wish to learn more. In my opinion, time management is a big factor, especially when dealing with the volume of electronic information available through a course like this. Here is a blog post about some of my strategies. Hope it helps! Good ....

How is the Connectivism course content related?

brainysmurf, 726 - Dino's #CCK12 Blog 2.0, April 12, 2012.
Thanks for sharing, Dino. I like the bubble on the far left "Mostly over my head", which is how I feel about a few of the concepts or topics. Your last line also made me think of its opposite: how we live in an age where opinions and actions can be swayed by networks that *don't* support something (protests against human rights violations or censorship, raising awareness of issues and politics, etc.).

My concept map is in my blog

brainysmurf, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, April 11, 2012.
Thanks for sharing the evolution of your mind map. It's neat to see the progression and synthesis involved. Phase 3 doesn't seem clickable like the others though? Keep up the great

Concept Map CCK12

brainysmurf, 648 - meanie, April 5, 2012.
Thank you so much, meanie! Your map inspired me to brainstorm my own (finally).

What do you want from this course?

brainysmurf, 726 - Dino's #CCK12 Blog 2.0, March 13, 2012.
Hi, Dino. It's delightful for me to hear a trainer acknowledge that he doesn't "live the life" of his learners. I wish more trainers and designers would do the same. It seems that trainers and training designers try (in vain?) to replicate the lives of their students in formal training in the hope that the training will be 'sticky' or applicable to their real-world experiences. What I've learned through connectivist moocs so far is that this attempt to replicate the real-....

Teacups and CCK12

brainysmurf, 686 - Communications & Society, March 12, 2012.
Thanks for this lovely story, Keith. I have cross-referenced your post to an asynchronous conversation about defining moocs that Jenny Mackness wrote about in #change11 recently.

mom, this is how twitter works

Dino, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, March 9, 2012.
Thank you Brainy Smurf. Where was this in week 1? It's now making more sense to me. I really appreciate the "Who sees what"

Taking Notes with Mind Maps

brainysmurf, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, March 6, 2012.
This is quite timely given a conversation with a fellow educator last night who had looked into the history of lectures. Apparently, lectures were a necessity when printing was wildly expensive and the lecturer was the only person who had a copy of the material. Students needed to take notes from the lecture, often verbatim, to have their own written record of the material that was presented. In a time of profound knowledge abundance and searchability, I hope we all start asking ourselves ....

Collectives vs Connectives OPENBLOCK#CCK12CLOSEBLOCK

brainysmurf, 697 - 'Cher Red, March 6, 2012.
Thanks for this post. I agree fully with the need for participants to determine the level of privacy or openness with which they are comfortable and this can be quite difficult for newbies dealing with various platforms for which the on/off switches may not be obvious. Personally, I don't see networks as having any walls. I see them more like unfinished knitting with many loose ends that are just waiting to be connected to something else of a shape or colour that could be the same or ....

The Next Generation of Educational Leadership: One of the Coolest Community-Building Projects Ever

brainysmurf, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, February 28, 2012.
My word for this is goosebumpy. What a well-choreographed piece. Well worth the five

Week 6: My personal learning network (PLN)

brainysmurf, 704 - Connectivism & Connected Knowledge 2012 » Matt Bury, February 28, 2012.
This is great, Matt. It's visual and easy to read. What program you use to build this

Who's afraid of social media? CCK12

Steve Hennessey, 697 - 'Cher Red, February 25, 2012.
I believe it can be a valuable tool and is used to assist in learning. I worry that we are forcing it on many who do not think in that realm and its being introduced, like everything else in the last century at such a fast pace and that others are being left behind. Its almost like a social media darwinism. In order to use this as an effective learning tool for many we need to facilitate the teaching of these tools to many and not just introduce it and expect people to know, understand and ....

#change11 – cck12 Stabilire relazioni

Brux, 709 - serenaturri's Blog, February 16, 2012.
English translation by From 26 January when the day I entered a u.s. post, Defend the right to information, which I announced to have signed the petition against ACTA gag internet world a curious thing happened-indeed it happened two: suspicious comments have appeared are committed in the incident about which I reported here. Is thinkable (English)

#change11 – cck12 Stabilire relazioni

Brux, 709 - serenaturri's Blog, February 16, 2012.
English translation by From 26 January when the day I entered a u.s. post, Defend the right to information, which I announced to have signed the petition against ACTA gag internet world a curious thing happened-indeed it happened two: suspicious comments have appeared are committed in the incident about which I reported here. Is thinkable (English)

Network Joy!

Weaver, 664 - Road2Learn, February 15, 2012.
And the Governments of the world want to place paradigms - national boundaries - on the 'Net that will strangle this ability to innovate, to protect their Intellectual Property rights, so that people can die in various national contexts because they can't afford the drugs and they aren't allowed to make their

Connectivism: Week 4 Intro Video

George Siemens,, February 13, 2012.
Hi - some of you may still be a bit lost, confused, and even irritated by the course structure. Here's a short video for those in that

E-Learning: Générations

Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, February 13, 2012.
Text in English and in French of the talk I gave today at Clair 2012 in New Brunswick. It provides a comprehensive background to the development of MOOCs and the connectivist approach to teaching online. I gave the presentation in French (and if you've wondered whether I've seemed preoccupied recently, that's why - now that I'm done this, it's full speed ahead on the Connectivism course). Anyhow, enjoy. - French Version - English Version - MS-Word Doc with both versions - ....

Week 3: Circles of participation

ahasmani, 704 - Change MOOC #CCK12 » Matt Bury, February 10, 2012.
Very informative. keep up the good

Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips | Getting Smart

grace wolff, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, February 1, 2012.
Enter your comment here I saved this to diijo; good things to remember about networking

My network is my learning

grace wolff, 650 - CCK12, February 1, 2012.
Enter your comment here Quote from Ilona's blog; "in the 21st century currency is currency"

How to reduce the e-mail barrage for CCK12

brainysmurf, 653 - Dino's #cck12 Blog, January 30, 2012.
Great tips, Dino, thanks for sharing. I also learned a few years ago to turn off my email notification window (Outlook) and it has helped me regain my focus and not feel like Pavlov's dog every time a new message comes in. Keep up the filtering in your flow! :)

Son of a tweet!

brainysmurf, 653 - Dino's #cck12 Blog, January 27, 2012.
Interesting question. I've been tweeting for a few months now (only in networks of like minded professionals, not personally.) Under those circumstances, I don't see any foul language at

Winnipeg Metro

Brux, 687 - Best content in CCK 12 | Diigo - Groups, January 27, 2012.
How does the Metro News (or the Survey Company) know where the tweets are originating? In my tweets, there is nothing that says I am coming from Western Manitoba?

Catching Up at last!

brainysmurf, 681 - Max @ #cck12, January 27, 2012.
Thanks for expressing your reluctance with blogs, Max. I felt the same way in my first two moocs and only got into blogging a bit with #change11. I was also a very latecomer to Twitter and just started to 'get it' after participating in the live #lrnchat event on Thursday evenings. Keep pushing your boundaries, it's the best (only?) way to learn. :)

Getting Started - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge - #CCK12

brainysmurf, 664 - Road2Learn, January 27, 2012.
Welcome, Joanne. Your positive spirit about jumping in and learning about all of these technologies is contagious. I've been playing around with various platforms to so you can find me and my networks here: Twitter: @brainysmurf1234 Blog: Diigo: Keep well and enjoy the journey! :)

Try again #CCK12 #slec12

ahasmani, 654 - Chrissi Nerantzi, January 26, 2012.
Great work crissi, keep it up, it is very

Week 1: What is Connectivism? (January 23 - 27, 2012) • What is connectivism? My research so far...

Matthias Melcher, 679 - Change MOOC CCK12, January 26, 2012.
Hi Matt, > "I can see the initial attraction of the idea of Connectivism but I have yet to understand how it differs" The idea of connectivism that knowledge lies in connections, is hard to understand if one has in mind only some sorts of connections. You seem to think predominantly of HIERARCHICAL connections between the concepts or blog posts when you advocate for a "structured" way, ("I think it would be an excellent place for co-learners to aggregate links to articles and resources, ....

#Change11 #CCK12 Net generation, teaching and learning with new and emergent technology

Downes, 651 - Learner Weblog, January 26, 2012.
Type your

#cck12 | Why does everyone need to connect to everyone else

brainysmurf, 653 - Dino's #cck12 Blog, January 25, 2012.
Hi, Dino. I think you'll find this course very helpful in terms of discovering what works for you and what doesn't. I was a late comer to many of these technologies (see my previous comment on your other post) and I have found many ways to make use of them professionally, not just personally. For me, The Daily newsletter is a fantastic aggregate of the week's readings, people's blog posts, comments on the #cck12 site and Twitter feeds. If you don't like it or don't ....

#cck12 | Catching up; Deja vu

brainysmurf, 653 - Dino's #cck12 Blog, January 25, 2012.
Hi, Dino, I empathize with your experience. I just started into the world of FaceBook, Twitter and blogging in the last eight months and added HootSuite, Diigo and Flickr to the list last week. Perhaps there is some wisdom out there about doing this differently from the outset (such as setting up one's own domain in the #ds106 mooc). Alternatively, I view this whole digital identity management thing as a very important part of my learning about what works and what doesn't (for me) ....