Our online book club’s reading of We Make the Road by Walking continues. And it’s becoming something both new and awesome.
Ten days ago I tried to summarize all of the activity going on by looking at the many things fellow readers were doing. The Twitter hashtag was on fire, people were blogging like mad, folks were assembling web resources and making art.
So this weekend I started summarizing book club activity since that post, and it became too huge to fit into part of a post. Check it out:
Much more bloggery occurrs. Kate Bowles has a brilliant post on spaces, communication, politics, and potential. Amy Collier meditates on leadership, chapter 3, and changing academia. Adam Croom writes on yearning, incompleteness, and chapter 4. Alyson Indrunas takes us to the Pain Cave. Alan Levine dives deeply into codification. Maha Bali meditates on the book’s note about education as seeing the world. Autumm Caines writes about beauty and community.
Meanwhile, Terry Elliot did a fine thing. He set up a Hypothes.is instance for the entire book. (In the interest of openness, I’m on the Hypothes.is board) Then Adam Croom used that resource to create a Horton/Freire quote generator. For example,
Alan Levine’s TAGSExplorer instance shows just how huge the Twitter conversation has become:
And Kristen Eshleman, who helped inspire this very reading, spoke movingly about social justice in the spirit of Horton and Freire at last week’s Future Trends Forum.
So what does this mean?
On the one hand, I’m ecstatic. As a fellow reader, as a teacher, as someone who lives online, this reading shows the fine potential of web-based collaboration and creativity. What a supportive, outrageously thoughtful, and inspiring group!
On the other pseudopod, I wonder… what is this? Almost three years ago I floated the idea, tongue in cheek, of an exploded Twitter book club. But that doesn’t do this justice, because so much occurs off-Twitter. Is it a cMOOC, a #DS106 for pedagogical reading? There are definitely commonalities: the reliance on social media, the powerful role of learners as makers and connectors, the dis-integrated nature of the experience, the aegis of constructivism. Yet this isn’t a class. I’m not teaching it formally, nor am I expert on Horton and Freire.
Or is this something new?
I know that I love it, and want more. I suspect others feel the same.
We’re coming up to the end of the book this week. Can we do it again?
What do you think?