Mapping a Network

Recently, I asked all of you a question, “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?

Immediately after the first response came in, I realized that I would need some way to aggregate all of the answers. I didn’t want a list and I didn’t want to simply copy them all into a spreadsheet. These responses were coming in from all over, and I wanted a way to show just how vast a passionate learning network can become. So, I decided to figure out a way of mapping them. This post serves as both a way to see all of the responses and as a tutorial to visualize responses for other projects.

Step 1: Create a New Fusion table in Google Drive (Scroll down to where it says fusion table)

Step 2: Start adding all of the columns you will need. These are the ones I used:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Quotation
  • Location
  • Avatar
  • Profile Link
  • Conversation Link
  • Video Response

Step 3: Choose the field types from the drop down next to each column name (or from the add column menu). These are the modifications I made:

  • Location should be a Location type
  • Avatar should be an Eight Line Image within the Text Type
  • Profile and Conversation Links should be a Link type within the Text Type
  • Video Response should be Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Map type within the Text Type

Step 4: Start Aggregating all of the responses. If you want some help with this, just share the Fusion Table like you would any other Google Doc and get others to populate it.

 

Step 5: Style your HTML for the mapped locations from the “Map of Location” tab. Here is the format I made:

<div class=’googft-info-window’ style=’font-family: sans-serif; height: 12em; overflow-y: auto’>
<table border=”0″ cellspacing=”10″>
<tr>
<td><img src='{Avatar}’ height=’90’ style=’vertical-align: top’/><br><br>
<b><a href='{Profile Link}’ target=’_blank’>{Name}</a><br><br></b>
<i>{Job Title}<br><br></i>
{Location}<br>
<td>
{Quotation}{Video Response}
<a href='{Conversation Link}’ target=’_blank’>Continue the conversation.</a>
</td>
</tr>
</table>

</div>

Step 6: Publish your Fusion Table

You can view the raw data here, or you can simply look at and explore the map below:

If you would like to see your response on this map, please go to this YouTube video and answer the question, “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?”

Ski School Teaches Us How to Know Our Learners Better?

I have taken a bit of inspiration from my daughter’s Ski Lesson and thought about better ways to get to know learners than traditional assessments. If we watch them come down the hill and struggle with their turns, I think we get a much better picture of where they are in their progress. If we can be with them in their learning and catch them if they fall, we will be better teachers and we will change the conversation to be more about them as people than them as a score on a test.

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Luke Cowdell is doing some of the best teacher reflection on Youtube, and I couldn’t help but respond to his…

Luke Cowdell is doing some of the best teacher reflection on Youtube, and I couldn’t help but respond to his wonderful post with one of my own.

I encourage you to watch his and offer him feedback, but if you want to check out my response: Say More: Getting Beyond First Draft Answers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymkgMM7pNdg

Say More: Getting Beyond First Draft Answers

Whenever we accept the first answers from learners, we are saying that first drafts are enough. As Luke Cowdell references, we need to be pushing one another to move beyond First Draft Ideas and collaborate with one another by using two simple words: "Say More."

Original Luke Cowdell video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymkgMM7pNdg

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

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What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?

My learning network is invisible. At least it is to everyone but me. I see the connections I have made and know the level of depth our conversations represent. I have seen changes in learning spaces and whole systems shift because of the power of this invisible network. I am proud to be surrounded by people that support me and sustain my growth. I am proud that you are one of those people.

But, I would like to do something in the next week to show just how powerful this network can be. For a few short days, I would like to make the connections visible to everyone, and show just how much expertise and value you all provide.

You see, I have an opportunity to become the Director of Blended Learning for Denver Public Schools, and while I am excited about this chance on a personal level, I am much more excited because I get to take you and your supporting connection with me.

I believe that the best way for me to demonstrate my expertise is to show DPS the power of a networked teacher and learner. So, I had an idea of how to make that happen.

I made a video explaining it, and I would love for you to watch it and take action if you are so inclined:

(If you don’t have time for the 4 minute video, here is the gist: Answer in a comment or video response: “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?” Because, in essence, by taking you along in my network, that is the question you will be helping me to answer every day.)

I believe that the greatest story (digital or otherwise) you can tell is the story of your own learning, but I don’t…

I believe that the greatest story (digital or otherwise) you can tell is the story of your own learning, but I don’t think that the story can be told on your own. It is a collective story, one with many writers and many perspectives. 

I am trying to tell the next chapter of my story, and I would love to hear how you think it should go. I made a video about it…

I encourage you to comment or make a video response on Youtube, if you get a chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8pPTn9jK4

So, I have a very specific question for each of the members in this community: “What would you do as a Director of…

So, I have a very specific question for each of the members in this community: “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning in an Urban District”? 

What would you do first? What would you prioritize above other things? What would you try that you wouldn’t try anywhere else?

I made a video that asks the questions a bit better, but I would love to hear from as many people as care to comment or make a video response (on YouTube if you can)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8pPTn9jK4

So, this one is quite a bit different and requires some feedback.

So, this one is quite a bit different and requires some feedback.

I would love to know your answer to this question: “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?”

If you could, comment on the video or make your own video response directly on Youtube rather than commenting here. I’m excited to see what comes back.

Just for an added bit of incentive, I’m going to mention a  few folks: 

Darren Kuropatwa Sheri Edwards Brendan Murphy Phil Macoun Gallit Zvi Susan van Gelder Scott Hazeu Joe Dillon Ginger Lewman Syd DiChiara 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8pPTn9jK4