Replied to Indexing, filing systems, and the art of finding what you have – Austin Kleon (Austin Kleon)

I have a ton of material that never makes it online, and I need to get it out of my notebooks and into an indexed and fully searchable system. I think this will be easiest if I do it as I go, and keep it simple: the minute I finish a notebook, go back and type the whole thing into a .txt file and save it. (And back it up.)

I suspect that rather than being totally dreary, this transcribing step can also be a creative step, and I will see patterns of thought, generate new ideas…

Austin, I really enjoyed this reflection on various indexes. It reminded me of Amy Burvall’s suggestion that to connect, we firstly need something to connect:

In order to connect dots, one must first have the dots

Personally speaking, this is the one reason I persist with my newsletter, because as a habit it forces me to regularly take stock of everything. A kind of gardening I guess.

My personal digital garden extends well beyond this domain. Twitter, Notion, Roam, Slack, Discord, and even Apple Notes all represent digital plots where I tend and water ideas. It’s relaxing to sit down to the keyboard and do a little gardening

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Thanks Amy, another song to add to the karaoke list.

I grew up with The Living End’s cover:

I wonder if it is one of those great songs where every generation has its own translation or cover?

The history of the great works of art tells us about their antecedents, their realization in the age of the artist, their potentially eternal afterlife in succeeding generations. Where this last manifests itself, it is called fame. [71] Translations that are more than transmissions of subject matter come into being when in the course of its survival a work has reached the age of its fame. Contrary, therefore, to the claims of bad translators, such translations do not so much serve the work as owe their existence to it. The life of the originals attains eh~ to its ever-renewed latest and most abundant flowering.

Liked The #globalthankswondercut project (

If you were to write a love letter to the world what would it be? A Crowdsourced Creativity Project In the midst of this global pandemic and subsequent isolation, I think about my friends and acquaintances all over the globe…they are gazing at the same moon, after all. This brought me to putting out a creative challe

Replied to #rawthought: What’s the Big Idea? A Thematic, Inter-disciplinary Approach by amyburvallamyburvall (AmusED)

Why not center the entire school-wide curriculum around umbrella concepts that spur big (and little) questions? I’m talking total multi-generational and interdisciplinary. I’ve previously pondered a curriculum derived from the lenses of philosophy and the arts (I’m still loving that idea), but I wanted to play with what grande topics could be the anchors of study.

Love this idea Amy. Wonder how it differs from Kath Murdoch’s discussion of throughlines.
Bookmarked It’s Ama-Zine! (

When I was thinking about running an Zine making workshop at OER19, Catherine Cronin encouraged me to reach out to potential co-collaborators. I’m really glad I followed such sage wisdom. Amy Burvall is one of the most creative educators I know, and while we beavered away on our proposal, I realised that Amy brought a completely fresh perspective on what I thought I knew a little about. In fact, it wasn’t long before Amy had educated me on Zine culture and the many different approaches to making a Zine.

Bryan Mathers reflects upon his session run with Amy Burvall at OER19 designing a zine. I love the way that Amy Burvall creates the conditions for learning This reminds me of a session I ran a few years ago at DLTV focusing on QuickMakes, just different.
Watched Crushing It With Creativity: The Virtual Summit Keynote by Amy Burvall from

This past Friday I stayed up till midnight as I had the privilege to offer the opening keynote for EdTechTeam’s “The Virtual Summit”, EU edition. EdTechTeam Press published my book with Dan Ryder, Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, and this event seemed perfect since its theme was “Creativity”.

Liked Creativity is not a dirty word by an author (

Creativity is a way of approaching the world…a way of being and thinking.
It’s both passive and active.

It’s consumption and production.

It’s observation and implementation.

It’s remix and novelty.

It’s simplification and elaboration.

It’s destruction and abstraction as much as it is creation.

It’s easy to fall in love with and easy to abhor.

It’s pain as much as it is elation – after all, the etymology of “passion” is suffering.

Bookmarked If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture by @amyburvall by Amy Burvall (Teacher Tech)

The more creative thinking strategies are embedded in our cultures (whether it be the classroom, home, or workplace), the more we are purposeful about practicing creativity – the more creative we will become. So yes, one CAN “teach” creativity to a certain extent, but it is probably more effective if creative strategies become ROUTINE, seamlessly integrated into daily life in the classroom.

Amy Burvall dives into the world of creativity. She explains that this does not have to be seperate from our exploration of knowledge and ideas, rather they are the routines that helps makes it possible. She provides three such examples: a wonderwall, visual metaphors and the articulating reason. It is interesting to contrast this with Jennifer Buckingham’s concerns with the crowded curriculum. This series of posts also offers a good introduction to Burvall’s work.
Watched Creativity Tips #11-20 for #LDvid30 from AmusED

I can’t believe I’ve finished 20 of these – 10 more to go! I’ve really enjoyed coming up with something each day…particularly trying to correlate with a daily event or a metaphor I’ve come across in my day-to-day living. Most amusing, of course, are all the “fails” from the voice recognition….maybe that will be a blooper roll.

Amy continues her creativity tips with another set.
Liked Intelligence Having Fun: Keynoting Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2018 in London (AmusED)

What does “creativity” have to do with “learning technologies”, the future of work, working with teams in the corporate sector? Why does something so seemingly esoteric need to be unpacked? Can an abstract concept like “creativity” be made relevant and practical to folks who need useful strategies they can implement tomorrow?

Bookmarked Learning for learning’s sake (

Setting aside the importance of hobbies and the amateur spirit, what worries me the most is this faulty idea that you should only spend time learning about things if they have a definite “ROI.” Creative people are curious people, and part of being a creative person is allowing yourself the freedom to let your curiosity lead you down strange, divergent paths. You just cannot predict how what you learn will end up “paying off” later.Who’s to say what is and what isn’t professional development? (An audited calligraphy class winds up changing the design of computers, etc.)

Austin Kleon responds to the challenge associated with ‘learning for learning’s sake’. He suggests that we need to invest in hobbies and curiosity, just as much as we focus on ‘return on investment’.

This is the trouble we often have with schools, of course: When education is seen as an investment, we decide what students should be spending time on based on what is shown (or believed, rather) to have a return on investment in the marketplace. (And not that we really have any idea.)

This reminds me of Amy Burvall’s point that “in order to connect dots, one must first have the dots”. Also, Janice Kaplan discusses the importance of engaging with curiosity.