List twenty ways you can document your learning. How many have you done this week?

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20 ways

Written by Unknown on October 21, 2013 11:36 am
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1. Review my day with my wife and daughter.
2. Point form notes on a whiteboard.
3. Generate a short story.
4. Draw a picture.
5. Cross things off my to do list.
6. Add new things to my to do list for the following day that didn’t get addressed today.
7. Change my status on Facebook.
8. Journal entry.
9. Review day before going to sleep.
10. Meet with colleagues.
11. Spend time with my daughter (feeding time is a good time).
12. Converse with my dogs.
13. Go online to answer any lingering questions.
14. Create a diagram.
15. Try new things.
16. Meet with friends.
17. Take photos.
18. Fill out a daily create.
19. Listen to music.
20. Tweet.

Twenty ways to document my learning

Written by Barbara Engel on October 21, 2013 11:35 am
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Tell a friend
Take a picture
Facebook it
Write a blog
Put a notch in my belt
Cross it off the to do list
Teach it to someone
Repeat the learning more then three times
Laugh, it’s infectious
Tell a story about it
Keep track but don’t keep count
Look in the mirror and say the truth
Write a journal
Watch and listen
Video and capture the moment then edit it in iMovie.
Make it a competition
Laugh again, it’s been five minutes
Take a break and breath
Meditate every morning
Take a gratitude walk
Write notes
Play a game
Walk the dog
Notice that I have kept track but I did not count ;)

Twenty Things…Or Maybe Fourteen

Written by Cindy on October 21, 2013 11:32 am
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Take photos of my creations, whether artistic or work related
Keep a log of my progress of my artistic creations
Practice my kata with fewer errors (karate…trying out for the national team in less than a month)
Baked a cake that is already 1/3 gone thanks to my husband.
Done some strengthening exercises for my knees
Trying to do more repetitions with crunches and weights
Transformed my pile of dirty laundry to clean laundry!
Getting my marking completed
Learning how to use twitter more
Playing a new computer game without getting killed every 20 seconds
Keeping a daily journal of what I did that day
Trying new recipes/crafts I’ve found online that work
Getting my house/yard ready for the upcoming winter
Attending sessions on using new technology in the classroom. :)

Maegan’s learning…

Written by mernst on October 21, 2013 11:31 am
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Maegan’s learning has been documented this week by:
1. journaling…old school with a pen and paper, (it never crashes on me!)
2. crafting….creating projects with girlfriends over the weekend
3. daily online entries…..using a tracker that i input my daily info into
4. students work…have they improved? what have I learned based on the results of their learning?
5. feedback….from peers, colleagues and mentors
6. communication….texts and emails with friends and family
7. the leftovers in my fridge….were my new recipes any good? or are the leftovers still sitting in the fridge?
8. what’s in my purse….have I learned from experience? am I prepared with everything I need for today?
9. what’s in my karma bank….what have I learned from the people I serve at the shelter?
10. how much paper is on my desk?….am I becoming more comfortable with technology?
11. does my trainer correct my form on exercises I’ve learned? or do I get a “good job”?
12. I’ve got the start to a scarf on my knitting needles thanks to girls in my class who’ve started knitting club.
13. maybe reading for fun isn’t so bad! students have me excited for Allegiant! It comes out today!
14. my attention span is getting worse with age…..I’m losing interest in completing this task….
15. my circulation is getting worse with age…..I’m cold!
16. I still have a wild side #southbeachcasino
17. I maybe don’t hate technology? I heart pinterest and instagram!
18. I’m as excited and impatient as my students……when do we get our ipads?
19. We’re still fun! #geretcoates!
20. Old friends are the ones you can pick up with right where you left off!

20 ways

Written by Joan on October 21, 2013 11:27 am
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1. Cooked a turkey (Thanksgiving)
2. Facilitated a workshop (Saturday)
3. Use power tools (hung pictures Saturday)
4. Exchange ideas with friends (All the time)
5. Appreciate family (Daily)
6. Get American Netflix (A month ago)
7. Write in a journal (Rarely)
8. Instagram (A week ago)
9. Tweet (Days ago)
10. Create boards on Pinterest (Yesterday)
11. Teach something new to someone (Today)
12. Raise children (Ongoing)
13. Sing (this morning in the shower lol)
14. I know every word of the movie On Golden Pond (Yesterday)
15. Play an instrument (Yesterday)
16. Working out (Today)
17. Draw (Almost never)
18. Create a video (2 weeks ago)
19. Use coupons (NEVER)
20. University degree (26 years ago)


Written by Ken on October 21, 2013 11:25 am
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By running a bubble bath, cranking up the Miley Cyrus, and writing in my diary.

Strategies to Remember

Written by Pensive- on October 21, 2013 11:17 am
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. Photograph
. Type it, then email it to me
. Tell someone else what was learned
. Come up with a silly jingle or rap
. Try to say it in Greek when sharing with a family member
. Log it in paper form
. Log it in digital form
. Put it up on a poster
. Sticky note and put on dresser mirror
. Record a live version
. Make a video

20 ways

Written by Ken on October 21, 2013 11:14 am
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By witnessing the development of my daughter.
By not being complacent.
By reflecting on how I taught, how I teach, and how I want to teach.
By tattooing every factoid I have committed to memory on my body (I have 3 tattoos)
By challenging myself to experience new things.

[not quite] 20 ways….

Written by Me on October 21, 2013 11:14 am
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Through dialogue…making people listen to me!
Through text…using shorthand to communicate
Through pictures…showing new discoveries to others
Through trial and error…understanding that practise makes perfect
Through others responses…looking at faces to see if what I learnt was correct
Through my baby…watching her grow and change based on what I have learned
Through my attitude….developing as a person

Halfway There

Written by Just Some Guy on October 21, 2013 11:12 am
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Take a picture. Post it to Instagram. Check.
Write a blog post. Check.
Have a conversation. Check.
Leave a comment on someone’s blog. Check.
Tweet about it. Check.
Facilitate a workshop. Check.
Phone a friend.
Sit around and share. Check.
FaceTime. Check.
Post a video.

A Humorous Top Ten

Written by @dogtrax on October 2, 2013 6:14 am
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Top 10 Ways to Document Learning
(‘cause humor always works for me)

Have a long discussion with your dog. Wait for the wag.
Have a long discussion with your cat. Wait for the purr.
Take a Sharpie and document learning on your arms and hands.
Start a fire with wet wood. Use smoke signals to share your ideas.
Use a sticky note every you have a new idea. Go crazy with it.
Invent the most cryptic mnemonic you can imagine. Use it.
Convert text to ASCII code and email it to friends.
Use a talking drum to send messages over the Internet to friends.
Make emotional notes in emoji. Use the mirror to gather your feelings about ideas.
Write a letter. Mail it to yourself. Wait for delivery.

Check out my Haiku Deck of these ideas:

Not 20

Written by @mdvfunes on October 1, 2013 10:56 am
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Why document at all? is life itself not a document of learning? isn’t learning just dealing intelligently with uncertainty? We do that each moment.

Yet, I do document. What have I done this week?

* dealt with uncertainty, yes.

* paid attention to both outer and inner life? yes.

* noticed breathing moment to moment? more often now than years past.

* able to stop and let go of a given task just because? A lifetime’s journey.

* read wise words from others? Daily.

* smiled at my dog? yes.

* noticed that I now notice when the impatience of unmet expectations arises? blessed each time I do.

* found inner stillness? yes, and I am grateful.

* simplified life a little more today? yes.

* faced a fear by just holding it compassionately? each day has moments of that…

* sometimes I pretend I have the answers, did I do a little less of that today? meh…may be more tomorrow

* it is not 20 and I stop counting.

* On reflection, there is only one way to document learning: when we breathe, know we are breathing.

And **that** is a life time practice.

Twenty ways

Written by karenatsharon on October 1, 2013 9:42 am
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Through the sweat of my brow…often.
The furrow in my forehead? It’s getting deeper everyday. Daily.
Poetry…not this week, though one never knows what the daily create will ask of us next.
6 word story…see answer directly above.
25 word story…ditto.
Painting a picture. Perhaps this week.
Photograph. Yes.
Discourse with a peer. Yes.
Twitter. Of course.
Drawing. Later today.
Pottery. Wednesday night.
Through dance. I’ll listen to DS106 later today.
Soundcloud. Hopefully later this week.
Google doc. Today.
Audioboo. Maybe later this week.
Songwriting. See Audioboo
YouTube. Today.
Email. Another daily task.
Building a game. All this week, and the next (and the next.) Codeacademy and I are becoming friendly.
Asking questions. Incorporating the answers into my thinking. Constantly. Cannot seem to stop.
Silent reflection on of all of the above and the resulting river (sadly, sometimes just a trickle) of notes to myself. Daily.

Learning Fail

Written by @swilson416 on October 1, 2013 8:50 am
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Write a Blog post
Post a photo on Flickr 
Add a book you’ve read to Librarything
Make a Presentation
Write a report
Post on a social media platform
Create a drawing
Make a video
Earn a Badge
Answer a question
Write in your journal
Build something
Create a tutorial
Write a book 
Publish a peer reviewed article
Get a transcript from your alma mater
Bake a cake
Pass a test
Teach someone 

This week 8/20.

Is that documented learning or the sound of one hand clapping?

Written by Seth Goodman on October 1, 2013 12:16 am
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This exercise seemed easy until I actually began to break it down to the core…and then I was stuck just nibbling around the cookie. I can’t say I actually identified the dynamic of learning; maybe process, maybe product. But the ineffable taste of melted ice settling in a glass or the sound of abrasive moonlight…these are easier to capture than the open moment of learning.


|1| journaling ~~ |2| mind-mapping my way back to the beginning ~~ |3| make it to be given away as a gift ~~ |4| screenshots and other in-the-moment snapshots ~~ |5| creating “recipes” of the learning ~~ |6| saving the bits and the mistakes ~~ |7| repetition ~~ |8| variation on top of the repetition ~~ |9| as for help ~~ |10| resist the temptation to ask for help ~~ |11| ignore past recipes ~~ |12| re-do something that I was really satisfied with ~~ |13| re-do something intentionally wrong ~~ |14| concluding something when I am satisfied and not necessarily when it is “done” ~~ |15| displaying it on the wall ~~ |16| sharing it with friends and family ~~ |17| abandoning it in public ~~ |18| complicating what I once thought was simple ~~ |19| simplifying what I was approached with unnecessary complexity ~~ |20| taking a moment to acknowledge when I am becoming associated with my work (i.e., “dad makes the best cheesy eggs”)

Twenty Ways to Document My Learning

Written by Cris Crissman @Cris2B on September 30, 2013 11:48 pm
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(with apologies to Paul Simon)

The problem is all inside my head
I said to me
The answer is easy if you
Take it logically
I’d like to help myself in my struggle
To keep up with what I learn
There must be twenty ways
To show my learning.

You just write it all down, Jack
On Evernote, Wikispaces, or Google Calendar, Stan
Then talk about it incessantly, Lee
Just listen to me
Then blog and comment, Gus
You just need to discuss much
Just drop yourself a voicemail, Sue
That’s what you do.

Then tweet and take pictures, Drew
Write a poem or a song to cue
Anything that will record your sound
Just get it all down.

So I’m made copious Evernotes today
Worked on my wiki like I say
It’s a way to preserve what I think
And curate before I sink.

Activate Your Learning

Written by Cathleen Nardi, digital activist on September 30, 2013 9:09 pm
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1. Write a Story
2. Make a Diagram
3. Record a Poem
4. Shoot a Video
5. Write a Song
6. Post a Blog
7. Take a Picture
8. Create a SlideShow
9. Make a Movie
10. Host a Google Hangout
11. Create
12. Innovate
13. Curate
14. Narrate
15. Illustrate
16. Annotate
17. Meditate
18. Accommodate
19. Debate
20. Bloviate (just to make you laugh)

No movie yet….but 10/20! Got the rest of the week to get it done!

Showing my learning

Written by @rljessen on September 30, 2013 7:55 pm
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Ways that I can show my learning:
– blog about it (preferably with lots of links)
– tweet about it
– photograph it
– make a video about it
– write a letter to my mom about it
– get a badge
– make a badge if there isn’t one for what I need
– post or about it in G+ (or contribute to an existing conversation)
– turn it into a DS106 DC assignment
– teach someone else (it’ll live forever)
– tell my kids about it
– share it with the world via a site like
– add details to my ePortfolio
– add it as a project on LinkedIn
– host a G+ Hangout to share
– keep a copy in the “special box”
– add or update a Wikipedia entry about it
– make a podcast about it
– curate a collection of resources about it

Well it is only Monday, but by bedtime I will have blogged, taken photos, tweeted, added to conversations in G+, taught someone else, and shared in a G+ Hangout.

Learning Fail

Written by @swilson416 on September 30, 2013 7:49 pm
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Write a Blog post
Post a photo on Flickr 
Add a book you’ve read to Librarything
Make a Presentation
Write a report
Post on a social media platform
Create a drawing
Make a video
Earn a Badge
Answer a question
Write in your journal
Build something
Create a tutorial
Write a book 
Publish a peer reviewed article
Get a transcript from your alma mater
Bake a cake
Pass a test
Teach someone 

This week 8/20.

Ary A-rangui-z A-Z Documenting My Learning

Written by Ary Aranguiz on September 30, 2013 1:57 pm
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A – pply
B- log
C- onverse
D – econstruct
E – valuate
F- lickr
H- ighlight
I- llustrate
J- oin
K- eep it simple
L- ist
M- entor
N- arrate
O- utline
P- ost
Q- uestion
R- ecall
S- speak
T- weet
U- ntangle
V- videotape
W- rite
X- plain
Y- outube
Z- oom-in

How to Document Your Learning

Written by Bill Smith @byzantiumbooks on September 30, 2013 1:40 pm
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1. Get a degree so you have a diploma
2. Get a transcript of courses
3. Keep a journal, learning log
4. Paint a picture
5. Create a website

6. Give a lecture or speech
7. Make a video
8. Write a book
9. Take a test
10. Teach a class

11. Write a song
12. Write an epic poem
13. Make a graph
14. Create a practical application
15. Record an audio description

16. Tweet it
17. Act on it
18. Tell somebody
19. Memorize it
20. Don’t document, just move on to the next thing

I teach classes, which includes giving lectures. I act on learning. I tell people things I learned. I memorize some of it. I am writing an iBook textbook for internal use. I’ve got degrees and transcripts. I have a ReclaimDomain website so I will be making that. I don’t keep a journal of my learning, but I keep scrapbooks. Mostly, I just move on to the next thing.

Laundry List Documenting My Learning

Written by Rochelle Lockridge (@Rockylou22) on September 30, 2013 1:16 pm
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20 Ways To Document My Learning.
1. Writing a blog post
2. Writing in my diary
3. Sharing with a friend
4. Teaching someone
5. Creating a screen cast
6. Putting it into a PowerPoint presentation
7. Assembling links and text in Storify
8. Creating a tutorial
9. Creating a video
10. Writing a report
11. Writing an e-mail
12. Taking a photo
13. Making a photo essay
14. Creating a GIF
15. Writing a White Paper
16. Creating and updating a Wiki
17. Writing myself notes
18. Having a conversation with an “expert”.
19. Making an audio recording
20. Producing a Podcast.

20 ways of documenting my learning

Written by Janweb on September 30, 2013 10:59 am
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