It was another beautiful week in Edmonton. There are so many beautiful gardens around, in public and private spaces. Here is what I shared in the #31DaysofYEG Twitter stream this week.
Check out our local events page and choose an event to attend (and share a moment or photo from the event).
Tom and I planned to take in some Shakespeare in the park but I ended up napping on the front deck instead. I didn’t dream about Shakespeare.
I enjoy the thrill of the find when I shop at thrift stores and garage sales. My last find was a great sewing machine which we got for $35 thanks to Paris’s negotiating skills.
Visit a high point in Edmonton where you can look out over the city (and share a picture of your view!).
I love all of the different ways that Edmonton connects with the river, and the different ecosystems, neighbourhoods and views.
Visit a farmers’ market you have never been to before and talk to some vendors. Learn more about #localfood.
The next two markets I plan to explore are the Highlands market, which is on Thursdays, and Beverly market, which I think happens on Tuesdays. Depending on when they get to town, I might also take Tom’s parents and sister to the night market on Jasper tonight.
Buy tickets to take in a live theatre performance and tweet your own review.
I spend a lot of time on my porch, taking in the neighbourhood theatre. Even if there are no players on the stage the set is beautiful and alive with the sounds of trees and birds (sometimes sirens).
Swim in the wading pools outside of the Legislature building — they are open all night long, and look extra cool in the dark!
I haven’t seen the new fountains at night but I bet they look fantastic.
Check out makesomethingedmonton.ca and share or contribute to your favourite project — bonus points if you create your own project page!
I had a hard time picking just one Make Something Edmonton project, but tweets are so compressed, I probably couldn’t have mentioned more than one project. The Turtle Rock Effigy labyrinth was the first public art installation that we explored when we moved to Edmonton.
Here is The Local Good’s Recap of week 3. Have you been playing?
This Saturday afternoon Tom and I went for a walk on the Legislature grounds (the ledge). I love all of the different parts of the grounds, and how there are always all kinds of different people using the space. During my secondment at Alberta Education I worked a few blocks from the ledge and often picnicked with co-workers or walked through the grounds. I have never seen them empty. Here is what I saw at the ledge this Saturday.
The beautiful sunny weather continued in Edmonton this week, with one thunderous exception. Here is how I spent the second week of The Local Good’s #31DaysofYEG event.
Find some plants that are native to our river valley and consult local plant expert Robert Rogers on its many potential uses.
We went to the Street Performer’s Festival at noon on the hottest day of the summer so far, so I did really enjoy standing by the fountain at City Hall.
Take a photo of your favourite Edmonton landmark or public art — bonus points for a selfie with it!
I don’t take many selfies but Talus Mound is reflective so technically this photo is a selfie. That’s me reflected in the largest ball.
Share a picture of our night-time sky — we often have beautiful sunsets and clear starry nights. Bonus points if you visit the TWOS observatory or the U of A observatory to learn more about the stars and constellations we are looking at.
The skies were so hazy from the wildfires, including the one in Jasper, the night sky show wasn’t as fantastic as it sometimes is.
I ended up contributing a lot to the #31DaysofYEG Twitter Feed on July 12th. As Tom and I sat on the front porch in the evening a thunderstorm blew in. It temporarily flooded the intersection and destroyed the wasp nest on the bike.
Have a meal at one of the restaurants featured at the Taste of Edmonton festival.
Yikes, Twitter rotated my photo. That looks really strange.
I love this photo take on one of the Fort Edmonton street cars. The hot button political issues were a little different in Edmonton’s past.
Here is The Local Good’s Recap of Week 2. It’s great to read how everyone is celebrating Edmonton.
Are you playing 31 Days of Edmonton yet? There is still time before the end of July.
This month the Local Good is hosting the second annual 31 Days of Edmonton Challenge
I learned a lot about Edmonton when I played along last year, from my own explorations of the city based on the Local Good’s prompts and from the adventures and photos shared by others in the #31DaysofYEG Twitter feed. I’m approaching the challenge a little differently this year, in a slightly more structured manner. Each day I am going address that day’s challenge prompt from the Local Good’s blog. So on July 1st I did the 1st challenge, on the 2nd I did the 2nd challenge, etc. As I did last year, I am trying to include a photo with each of my tweets. Last year I mixed and matched the prompts and also explored other corners of the city. Here are my posts from last year: week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 and here is The Local Good’s Storify of Weeks 3 & 4.
Here are my adventures from the first week of July 2015
Share a photo of one of your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton, and don’t forget to add it to our interactive map!
This year I watched the Canada Day light show and fireworks from a condo with a fantastic view several stories above Saskatchewan Drive – what a view!
Grow your own food this summer — in your yard, balcony or community garden!
I just started working in the gardens at Fort Edmonton again. One morning I saw a little rabbit run through this garden at Melon Farms. It was smaller and more Peter Rabbit looking than the giant jackrabbits I see in my neighbourhood but I bet it will love this lettuce as much as it loves mine.
I love all of the beautiful old trees in Edmonton, especially in the old neighbourhoods along the river valley.
See the city from a different perspective by exploring it via bicycle.
When we took the tarp off the bikes we discovered this wasp’s nest so we went for a walk instead.
Volunteer your time with a local initiative and share why you support it.
This one was easy since I spend so much time at the fort. I can’t imagine the challenge of riding a penny farthing in a dress. The turkeys dozing by the stage coach remind me of the peacocks that wander around the Calgary Zoo.
Enjoy live music at a local venue — bonus points if the musicians are from Edmonton as well!
I planned ahead so that I could participate in 31 Days of Edmonton while we were in Jasper.
Try something new from one of the many food trucks around the city.
I am always keen to sample the wares at one of the many Edmonton food trucks. I didn’t see any food trucks in Jasper and the food wasn’t as good as the food in Edmonton.
Here is The Local Good’s recap of week 1 of #31DaysofYEG. Did you explore your community last week?
On July 1st I had one foot in the past and one foot in the present. I started the day working in the peony garden at Fort Edmonton. It was quieter than usual when I arrived at 8 am but by the time I left the crowds had started to gather to celebrate Dominion Day.
Later, as the sun set we watched the Canada Day festivities at the High Level Bridge from a condo high up on Saskatchewan Drive.
Jason Kodie and Scott Peters arrived at the party in time to catch the light show after the Captain Tractor Canada Day gig in Fort Saskatchewan. At 10:50 CKUA broadcast Jason’s composition Edmontunes, a musical mosaic of 50 years of Edmonton musical history as the lights on the bridge lit up to Scott’s programming. It was the most complicated lighting done on the bridge since it was first lit up last Canada Day. After Edmontunes and a great rendition of Oh Canada by Asani, there were fireworks.
Here Global TV’s live broadcast of the event:
I am excited to announce that an article I co-authored was just published by Educational Media International, a Francis & Taylor peer-reviewed journal.
Here is the abstract:
Imagine the challenge of being immersed in a dynamic learning network where you play brinkmanship with being overwhelmed by a plethora of information, comments, and conversations on a topic of intense interest to you. Through adept facilitation, the comments and encouragement of fellow participants, and your own perseverance, you develop a network of personal connections which serve as metaphorical flying buttresses creating enough stability that you are able to learn in a new, yet profoundly meaningful way – the connectivist massive open online course (cMOOC) way. Through the lens of autoethnography, five seasoned educators collaboratively reflect on their motivation for participating in their initial cMOOC. They analyze their lived experience, what they found most engaging, and most importantly, they grapple with why cMOOC communities often endure past official end-dates. This article attempts to provide insight into the thrill and depth of learning and connection possible through participation in cMOOCs.
You can view the article here.
Instead of the usual ceremony behind closed doors Premier Notely invited Albertans to join her on the grounds of the Legislature and they came out in droves. As Paris and I walked towards the grounds it felt like the Canada Day parade due to the number of people and excitement. Here is how the crowd covered the event on Twitter as curated by the Edmonton Journal.
Here is the new Premier and her Caucus, which has an equal number of men and women. It was interesting to watch the formalities involved in the process of swearing in a new government. As I think of the many bloody transitions of power that have taken place in other countries in the last 44 years and I am happy and proud, once again, that I am Canadian.
She introduced her new cabinet.
There was a lot of cheering and celebrating and many people played in the water or stood in the fountains to watch.
The even turned on the new fountains in front of the Federal Building to celebrate. It was a great afternoon.
For the next two weeks I have the pleasure of helping coordinate Open Education and OERs with David Porter, Clint Lalonde and Sandy Hirtz. It’s an EdTechOpen course, the second iteration of a course that originally ran in December, 2014. It’s a real privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with Clint and David again, I have so much respect for their knowledge and experience with open education.
Unfortunately Verena Roberts isn’t at the party this time around. She was a co-facilitator for the first course in December, in fact she is the one who brought me into the project. Once the initial course ended she ported an open version to the Palliser Beyond Borders Moodle server.
When Verena and I did our Beyond the Binder session about OERs at the Palliser District Teachers Convention in February, we initially planned to have participants make their way through the open version, but the limited wifi made us change to a more stand and deliver format. We’er both pretty happy with what we came up with. A few weeks ago I remixed the slide deck for an Introduction to OER in K-12 for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.
Changes for this Iteration
I am excited about this version of the course, it’s longer, running from April 13- 24. Participants can earn a badge if they like and there are e-facilitators from India, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Botswana supporting the fifty participants who are have joined from around the globe.
We’ve also added two webinars this time around. I missed the first one, which was today at noon. with Paul Stacy from Creative Commons. Fortunately the archive is available for those who missed the live session.
The next webinar is Monday April 20 at 10am MST with Megan Beckett who will be talking about Making education accessible in the developing world and Siyavula. I’m looking forward to it, I hope I will see you there.