Categories and Topics

Lately every meeting I go to it seems we are trying to categorize, classify, and organize words into buckets. This should be natural for me, since I’m a biology major but I’m finding more and more my category edges blurring. Word buckets leaking. I had this insight last year in my first MEd course when the Structure of Organizations reading was trying to put different schools of thought into a grid framework and I realized that the grid needed more dimensions. The graphic at the left indicates my big AHA moment, indicating 2 dimensional frameworks are insufficient and they need to consider depth, space, and time. All this to say, I’m playing with categories to ensure I have my WordPress feed set up correctly for my 9x9x25 challenge. This is post number two, categorized as 9x9x25. Will it appear in my feed? I’m just experimenting! That’s also a category!
To celebrate here’s a picture of a baby experimenter:
For the record, I believe that the RSS feed is working!


Well, this is exciting. I’ve signed up for eCampusOntario’s 9x9x25. Entirely because the awesome Terry Greene is leading the project. Well, also because I remember when the ALSO awesome Todd Conaway started this and had so much fun with his faculty over the years.

I’m not entirely sure I have the time to meet this challenge but it’s only 9 posts, 9 weeks, and 25 sentences! I need something to kickstart my blogging again.

I’ve been caught between and trying to figure out what goes where. I haven’t really updated in so long, it makes me sad. I started edudoodle to be a professional portfolio when I was working on the Ontario Extend project last year so I could go through the process new with the other extenders. It’s nice overall but it feels a bit sterile because I’ve mostly only been writing my masters of education reflections in this subdomain The length requirements for those papers feel unreadable in blog format, even for me, and I wrote them!

I contemplated creating ANOTHER subdomain for the 9x9x25 but that seems like overkill. In addition to ideas.edudoodle I already have workshops.edudoodle for workshop resources and gallery.edudoodle which is a SPLOT that collect artefacts from workshops.

The best option is to use categories. Wow, I haven’t added an RSS feed from categories TOPICS since DS106 (*sniff, Añoranza).

Okay, I figured it out (I THINK). I’m using categories here where previously I was using topics?

I *think* my feed is

Experimenting begins with play

I’m excited for the Extend East cohort to kick off the experimenter module this week. While it is its own stand alone module, in truth, extenders have been experimenting for weeks already.

For some, just creating a twitter account and getting “followed” is a whole new unnerving experience. For others, trying the timeline tool and tweeting out a link. Each Daily Extend is an invitation to experiment, and many have jumped in with both feet.

In this module, we’re invited to try new things, share them, and reflect on that the experience. This is what we ask our learners to do all the time and it’s an essential part of the experiential learning cycle.

One of my favourite experimenters is the great Grant Potter. While Grant’s technical genius is mind-blowing for me (he built ds106radio in a weekend!) no matter your technical level, his approach to experimenting is really helpful:

  1. experimenting begins with PLAY. Have fun!
  2. say yes to the MESS
  3. celebrate happy accidents, and
  4. take time to reflect
@grantpotter Tinkering, Learning & The Adjacent Possible
#viznotes from Grant Potter’s UMW keynote

I’m looking forward to seeing some playful experimentation this week and reading the reflections.

Let’s get experimenting!

header image: cc-0 from page 355 of “Moving pictures : how they are made and worked” (1914). Internet Archive.