I have been curating/lurking/learning from my experience taking #etmooc.   I am impressed with the sharing on many levels from those participating.  One example would be David Snowden’s YouTube The Cynefin Framework:


I have even worked on my pronunciation of Cynefin 😉 but participation has to become my next step…


On January 27, 2013 Lynda Hall wrote in her blog The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers the following:

“For well over a year now, my professional goal has been to expand my interaction with the global teaching community.  As you can well imagine, the benefits of developing a supportive and passionate Professional Learning Network (PLN) have been very inspiring and thought-provoking.  The way in which I approach teaching my classes now is very different than it was even a few short months ago….” 

Coincidentally, this is the thought that I have also had and I keep it as a point of reference while I listen to those speaking at our #ETMOOC events.  Lynda, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Enjoyed session on Advanced Blogging by Sue Waters and supporting cast: Penny Bentley, Alec Couros, Elizabeth Dill, Peggy George, …

Listened to Dean Shareski’s event last night about sharing.  Sharing is so important that we can never stop talking enough about it!  I had the feeling during the event that we both subscribe to David Weinberger ideas.

Dean’s talk re-emphasized the importance of not only developing my blog but also reading other blogs and leaving comments where appropriate.  Blogs are a springboard to finding people with common interests to populate your PLN.  But it is important your PLN doesn’t become an echo chamber.

I appreciated the names mentioned for further reading and potential discussion.  For example, Dean asked Stephen Downes “should I share less or should I filter more?”  Stephen appropriately responded  “share and I will filter.” Finally, Blogush has been on my radar – translated pinned on my toolbar – for at least three weeks now, so maybe it is time to see what it is all about.

I’ll let you in on a secret –  if you can keep it between the two of us.  I went to ‘Starbuck(le)s tonight with my wife to meet our daughter and her children and missed the Twitter Chat. Hence the reason for the title of this blog post.   However, I must take advantage of future Twitter Chats to meet people.

We got home in time to hear Sue Waters  et al. discuss Google Reader, Settings, Spam, Tablets/iPads etc.  😉

I kept thinking of what a great example these moderators are with their unselfish giving of their time to share their expertise.  I should at least attempt to become part of the 1% that get involved.

Good choices Alec.  Dean would be proud.  🙂

Maybe this is a better title for the #etmooc experience?

I enjoyed listening to Alec during last night’s event: Introduction to Connected Learning.  He always builds a strong case for connected learning with quotes, stories and ideas from others.

Whenever Alec shows a picture of one of his children ‘playing’ with technology I just wonder what they are capable of doing with  technology in general.  I wonder what the impact of technology will be on their lives or where future generations will be at their ages.  On an unrelated thought I wonder what the shelf life of Twitter will be in its present business model or where social media will go next.

Last night’s event has me looking for an assignment Kevin Stranack @stranack developed on Becoming a Connected Learner: Professional Development Through Personal Knowledge Management.  I hope you will find it as interesting as I did.  Thanks  @AlisonSeaman for the heads up.

I should also mention how I appreciate the opportunity to revisit previously taped events.

Thanks again to Sue Waters for her help to set up Google Reader [I can see an application of it for my students already], Google Calendar plus feedback on TweetDeck and HootSuite.

I appreciate the archived Blackboard Collaborate sessions on #ETMOOC.

In particular, I missed the Social Bookmarking & Content Curation event and watching it on a delayed basis provided me with more sites like Diigo [I use Delicious already], Scoop.it!, Symbaloo, Pinterest, Tweetdeck, HootSuite, …

A shout out is in order to both Jeffery Heil and Michelle Franz for sharing their expertise for this event.

Making visible my deepest thoughts department:

The need to learn how to embed pictures and/or videos in a blog, figuring out how to run a Hangout with my #ETMOOC circle, touching base with my #ETMOOC circle in general, checking out their blogs and beginning a conversation with them, …

Any suggestion(s) of what I should become familiar with next in order to get the most out of #ETMOOC?


Enjoyed Sue Waters and Peggy George not only for their expertise but for their honesty during their conversation on blogging.

If you pick up one idea from a book, conversation, event … it is worth it.  The introduction to blogging did not let me down. They addressed the legitimate concerns a novice might have and more or less suggested to just give it a try.  And Sue shared a link to her blog http://suewaters.com/2013/01/18/learning-through-blogging-as-part-of-a-connectivist-mooc/ that will be invaluable as a resource.

Some ~quotes/thoughts from the Introduction to Blogging: “Blogging is your personality coming through.”  “Feels like s/he’s talking to me.” “Different blogs for different conversations.” “Reflect on learning.”

Sue thank you for your HootSuite and TweetDeck post on January 16. It is appreciated but now with Google Reader, embedding … I have more to add to my procrastination list. 😉

Oh yes, I must watch the calender more carefully! I missed the Introduction to Social Curation. 😦