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Monday, October 16, 2017

How does one plan for the unexpected in any learning space? And what happens when the learning environment consists of multiple, overlapping online affinity spaces? The Connected Learning MOOC (Massive Open Online Collaboration) just ended its fifth summer of Make Cycles, and a distinct feature of the CLMOOC has long been its fertile soil for emergent ideas. Vine-offs, Find Five Fridays, Poems-into-Music-and-Back-Again, doodle art challenges, flashmob dance parties, shared postcards, collaborative storytelling and other activities have become part of the DNA of the diffused CLMOOC online community, which has soft anchor points on Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, Flipgrid and more. For the past two years, CLMOOC -- the brainchild of the National Writing Project and Educator Innovator -- has transformed into a completely “crowd-facilitated” community, in which nearly 20 volunteers help set things in motion during summer months and throughout the year with Pop-Up Activities. One of the foundations of facilitating any CLMOOC project has been the art of paying attention to the unexpected idea, and then using those emergent ideas to engage other participants in connected practice, collaborative projects and reflective thinking. This session will look at how the open ethos of CLMOOC helps lays the groundwork for emergent learning. Participants will help think through how this strategy might happen in classroom spaces, too.

Presenter: Kevin Hodgson

Kevin Hodgson teaches sixth grade at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Western Massachusetts and he is the co-director of outreach for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. He is a co-editor of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century and blogs regularly at Kevin’s Meandering Mind. He can also be found on Twitter as @dogtrax.
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