A Dream Team, or Maybe A Perfect Storm

Daily Create #1748  Who is your dream team? This dream team is real and is taking Canadians to task for their historic treatment of indigenous people through the residential school programs that worked to remove a culture.

Maybe it’s more of a perfect storm than a dream team, but it certainly is something to make you sit up, take notice and think about what it all means to us as a nation.

Here are the team members:

Chanie Wenjack: The subject of a story that we need to hear. A 12 year old Ojibwe boy who ran away from his residential school in 1966 and tried to walk home… 600 kms away.

Gord Downie: Gord is in a perfect position to give us whatever shit he feels like right now. He is a rock star. He is the Canadian rock star who also happens to be a wonderful poet. He also happens to be dying of brain cancer. Canadians all realize we are soon going to lose one of our greatest treasures so our eyes are on him. He’s releasing The Secret Path, which is likely the last new music we will hear from him and it tells Chanie Wenjack’s story. Gord also used The Tragically Hip’s final show to put the Prime Minister on notice that we need to make things right.

Peter Lemire: Graphic Novelist. The sombre mood of his previous works seem to fit just right to this project. See Essex County for an example. Peter has created a graphic novel and film about Chanie Wenjack to go with Gord Downie’s album. The music and the imagery together draw you in immediately.

Joseph Boyden: A writer who has written his books extensively in indigenous settings, is also releasing a novella, Wenjack, about Chanie, which will bring us deeper into the story.

Canadians: It’s up to us to join the team, bring this story into our collective understanding of who we were, who we are and who we want to be as a nation.


Write? But Why?

whyDaily Create #1747 is to answer the question, why do I write? The Daily Create website claims that today is the National Day of Writing, however does not identify which nation, so I’ll assume that it is Honduras. So, to celebrate Honduras’ National Day of Writing, I will try to describe why I write.

Here are some things that I write:

  • emails
  • text messages
  • notes to self
  • blog posts for work and for myself here in this space
  • oh, there’s another email to write
  • you have to write something in the box when you Google stuff
  • grocery lists. (just kidding, I just wing it and that is why we have 17 bags of spaghetti)
  • emails
  • Tweets. And sometimes the tweets will be written about other writings I’ve done so we’ve gone meta
  • Just let me finish this one email
  • That might be about all the things I regularly write other than did I mention email?

But why? Oh yeah, that’s the real question. Well, for me in this space, it’s to practice, try ideas out, reflect on the process and to share the ideas for anyone to borrow from if they want because I am going to borrow from you, too! I think it is fun to frame your thoughts with a sprinkle of humour if you can think of a funny way to present things. Might as well get a giggle out of it while you let people know that you are thinking and the ideas that are important to you. Seriously, why not?

The Clash of The Clash & Clash

flickr photo shared by secretagentmoof under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

This is a public service announcement. With Guitar.

A new thing is called Clash.me that takes your text and turns it into pop culture audio snippets.

An old thing is called The Clash which is an awesome punk band.

This is the clash of those two things:

Know Your Rights



9 Lies the DS106 Open Syllabus Tells

Daily Create 1718 The Digital Storytelling Syllabus is full of lies. I will highlight them below.

Lie 1: Course Name- Digital Storytelling: The Open Course-Digital Storytelling? No digits have told me any stories yet!

Lie 2: Instructor: NOBODY. There is no one in charge of this class, no leaders. No leaders??? We’re all in the community together, so we’re all  leaders. Which is the opposite of no leaders.

Lie 3: Location: The Internet- The Internet? Okay this is true so it’s a lie that this is a lie. Still counts.

Lie 4: Term: Ongoing-Sometimes in the middle of the night no one is posting anything so it stops then.

Lie 5: ds106 Bootcamp- There are no boots. There aren’t even socks.

Lie 6: 7,8,9- That there are 9 lies in the syllabus.

So, after all of this, still interested in ds106???? Me, too!

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18 Myths Uncovered About Learning

Daily Create 1717: Get a random blog post title and then write it

In light of number 2, in which we find out a myth is not a myth, for clarity’s sake the list below is a list of things that are true as far as I believe.

1. Having a numbered list in your Ed-Tech article is not mandatory. My list will probably not make it to 18. Or it will in a totally bullshit way.

2. Myth doesn’t even mean myth like you think it does

Folklorists often balk at the common usage of the word “myth” to mean “lie.” A myth, by their disciplinary definition, is quite the opposite. A myth is a culture’s sacred story. It involves supernatural or supreme beings — gods. It explains origins and destinies. A myth is the Truth.  http://hackeducation.com/2013/05/24/disruptive-innovation

3. The more open and shary you are with your learning, the more you will learn. Also, everyone else will learn, be happy, be more confident and live longer.

4. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself by saying you have a learning style, think of them more as preferences. You ain’t going to learn bird calls very well if you’re only a ‘visual’ learner now are ya?

5. Education buzzwords are great because they fizzle out and then we get to make fun of them. Let’s start a new one right now! Listify your learning! Everything should be in a list of at least 18 in order to learn anything! In the end, however, we’re just trying to get learners involved in our learning… is that so much to ask?

6. Seven, eight, nine

10. No one really wants to do group work, but some of the best learning happens in groups, teams,  communities however they form. So take that for what it’s worth.

11. Twelve, thirteen

14. Knowing what cognitive load means is pretty helpful, when you’re teaching.

15. If learning is tied to positive emotions of feeling part of something, it ain’t forgot none time soon. So, like, leverage that, eh.

16. Seventeen

18. We are finally there, number eighteen! Here is the final myth about learning, which means truth: Everything is a learning experience so just dig in and giver shit.

Bye bye.



The Ocean at The End Of Our Backyard

Daily Create #1710

The ocean at the end of our backyard was actually the tallest mountain in the world. At least it was the tallest mountain in the world back in the 80s. At least in the mind of a 4 year old, large-headed, silly child named me. Okay it was only the tallest mountain in my backyard. Okay it’s actually really the littlest mountain in the whole area. But still… a mountain in your backyard is not a bad thing to have.

Looking back into the forest in the image provided there is actually a little valley there before the mountain starts going up again, like mountains are supposed to… As you can tell, this is a silly little mountain. That valley would flood in the springtime. Or at least it did once. I’m pretty sure when it did I floated around on an ice floe in it for a week or two. That probably didn’t really happen. I’m starting to think I may have been Caillou when I was 4. This is bad. See you later.

image screenshootered from google streetview. Source/Citation format made up on the spot.