I've been enjoying his newsletter for years now, and if you're a parent or teacher, it's likely you'll gain at least one useful image from him each week.
As a bonus, he is involved with WeAreOpen.Coop, a group that is working to make badge systems more accessible, useful, and valuable for people from all fields. (which is particularly valuable to SOL considering that our whole objective is to create a system of Badge Based Self-Organized Learning where people can verify and validate their Whole Human Development Experiences in a way that is recognizable and valuable to others in the workplace, community, and academia.
To give you a taste of what one of his updates is like, I'll repost his February 10th update below:
Thanks to everyone who made and shared elements with my element-making-machine last month. It has sparked so many big ideas in my little brain.
One thing that really fascinated me was how each remix reflected the individual at the helm of the tinkering controls. It’s like each person, when faced with the challenge of making something, grabbed the nearest purpose they could find and plugged it in to the element maker. It seems remixing is personal, and I love it.
Knowing enough to ask (google) the right question
- Have an idea.
- Ask Google how to do that
- Find (recognise) someone else asking how to do the same thing as me
- See the response from someone who actually knows how to do it
- Make it fit my context
- Troubleshoot my half-baked iteration
- Have an idea…
I’ve realised that this loop is predicated on a) knowing enough to ask the right question and b) being able to recognise the solution to the question when you see it.
This is my learning cycle; learning through making.
And so, here’s the first version of my half-baked Node app. It allows you to remix some thinkery, and share it back on the site gallery. If you’d like to take it for a spin, then be my guest. To celebrate the occasion, I’ve added a new thinkery template too: a humble postage stamp.
Let me know how you get on (especially any ropey bits)!