• Abby posted an update 6 years, 8 months ago

    Back from PA trip!!!! Thanks @douglasawesome @lillaw and @failspy for singing in cars, spitting on stage, walking from 30th street station to Jim’s and back, reading Calvin and Hobbes with me, and generally just being lots of fun to adventure with! <3

  • @douglasawesome requested before spring break that we begin a weekly exploration of Dictatorship, picking different dictators each week to learn about and discuss. He asked to start with Napoleon […]

  • This week, Will visited! He, @douglasawesome, Geva, and somewhat @ryanshollenberger took over the Makerspace to make an arcade-style cabinet for Galactic Nemesis (the game they designed and built last year). There […]

  • ThumbnailCo-blogging with @douglasawesome again this week.  He came up with these questions…

    -What are three things you completed this week?

    1) Making homemade ginger ice cream and crepes with apple compote. […]

  • ThumbnailTrying the co-blogging thing again this week with @abram and @douglasawesome

    5 colors that represent my feelings this week:

    1) White– Even though it’s debatable whether this is a color, it is definitely […]

  • Today @douglasawesome and I decided to write responses to the same questions, a la Everett blogging questions.  So we went to @tommie ‘s site for ideas and found that they were too specific for us to use today […]

  • This week there was a LOT of snow.  On Tuesday we had a snow-day. I stayed at home and had a huge snowball fight on the roof and killed my dad.  I even built a base for myself.

    On Monday, I played “Different Tag” with @ryanshollenberger, @likeaboss, @kingthanos, @douglasawesome, @abramdb, and @failspy.  It’s an awesome game that’s like capture the flag, tag, foam sword-fighting, and flag football all-in-one.

    Today I smelled cupcakes and wished I was eating them (Next week I want to join cooking class so I can eat lasagna)!

    I also played on the survival world “Ryan Shollenberger’s Beard” with @kingthanos and @ryanshollenberger.  I made myself a leather tunic, leather pants, iron leggings, iron helmet and iron boots.  Thanks gave me two extra iron ingots so I could make an iron sword.  Thanos also made me the guard of the house!  Here it is:

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    I watched a bunch of videos by the Diamond Minecart this week.  One I really liked was about the “lucky red block” (a modded world on Minecraft).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rkx9UCACv4

    You can craft one by surrounding a dropper with 8 pieces of redstone:

    Lucky-Block-Red-Mod-19

  • ThumbnailHappy Decemberween!

    This week I intend to…

    1) Build a frame for @abbyo‘s fossil-fish, hopefully with @shadowjack.

    2) Support @douglasawesome and @failspy in installing the arduino NES-controller door […]

  • Abby wrote a new post, Body Worlds!!!, on the site Offerings 7 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks to curiosity of students, generosity of parents, and agility of facilitators, I had the opportunity to support a really interesting field trip this week. @RyanShollenberger , @douglasawesome , @likeaboss , […]

  • “Douglas, weren’t you paying attention!?!”

    Sometimes South Africa really looks like Ireland… or New Zealand.  Ah, Geoguessr, how frustrating you are.  We scored sub-10k safaris again this week, but with some really tough locations.  Still not sure of the outcome of ALC Mosaic’s challenge against our original 5 locations, but the ALCNYC Crew (@ryanshollenberger, @abbyo, @jacobcb, @shadowjack, and the “magic finger” of @douglasawesome) beat Mosaic’s challenge by a mere few hundred points.  Our big score was nailing a southern Minnesota location that Mosaic believed to be in the vicinity of St. Louis.

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 11.45.00 AM [Our successful challenge of Mosaic’s score]

    Here’s a photo tour of our 5 locations that we challenged Mosaic with:

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.36.38 AM Minnesota

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.52.47 AM Sweden

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.46.41 AM Southern Argentina

     

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.59.02 AM Death Valley, CA

     

    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 11.05.45 AM Southern Chilé

     

  • I’ll tell you where… to the BLOGS!   =)

    I want to lead with an awesome GIF (click the image below to see it) @abram made for me, which I woke up to this morning:

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    This week featured some good work in Minecraft.  Today, I participated in “Blocks vs Zombies,” a fun game made by Seth Bling, a famous ‘Crafter.  The object is to prevent wave after wave of zombies from reaching your position as you pick them off with bows and arrows.  You can also purchase various upgrades, barriers, cannons, and even a scroll to spawn Iron Golems.  I played with @theskycookie, @douglasawesome, @legolad22, @likeaboss, and @thewitchqueen908.  We tried a few times, but couldn’t make it farther than 5 mins (you must survive for 20mins to win).

    On Thursday, a group of Agile Philosophers met to discuss a topic we first opened last year… Spongebob!  We watched 3 episodes (“Slide Whistle Stooges,” “Ripped Pants,” and “Sandcastles in the Sand”) and discussed our observations and questions afterwards.  At first we focused on meta-questions of Bikini Bottom, which was sparked by some observations by @kingthanos.  These included things like:

    -Why would a squirrel want to live at the bottom of the ocean?

    -(How) can a fish get sunburn?

    -How is there a beach with waves (“The Goo Lagoon”) underwater?

    …the final question led to some cool outside research about oceanography.  We did some research on what a lagoon actually is and what sort of creatures can actually live at the bottom of the ocean, especially in the really deep parts where the sun’s rays have practically no effect on life there.

    Most interesting was our discussion on some aspects of “Ripped Pants.”  My personal favorite was a discussion on whether a lobster, a squirrel, or a sponge could best perform a clean and press.  It led to a discovery of the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and ultimately it was decided the squirrel could do this the best, despite the relative strength of the lobster’s exoskeleton (mostly because of its limited range of motion).  We also learned how a lobster must shed its entire shell when it grows!

    That’s about all I have time for today.  Until next week- stay agile, man.

     

    With love and agility,

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    Agilion

  • About a hour ago, I made green slime! I made the slime with Jeremiah, Ryan, Abby, and Mary. Jeremiah found the recipe for the slime which is half a cup of water, half a cup of glue, and chlorax.

    After It became slime-like I added a lot of green food coloring. Ryan and Abby also used green food coloring, but since I used more I had a much more dark forest green, that I really enjoy the color of.

    I also had a giant sword fight with @douglasawesome.  He was a great soldier on the battleground. PEW PEW CHING CHING!f

  • I was so busy Monday morning with new visiting students, facilitating set-the-week meeting, and getting ready for our trip to Swing-a-ring that I didn’t get to blog about my weekly intentions.  Despite that fact, I’m going to reflect on them now to the best of my ability.

    As I mentioned, Monday I took a trip to “Swing-a-ring” with @douglasawesome, @thewitchqueen908, and @adengamer.  Thanks to @douglasawesome for recommending this- it was insanely fun.

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    Tuesday went as Tuesday usually does- fast and in a flurry of wikis and virtual travel around the globe.  We also had an interesting philosophy discussion today about the origins of Halloween.  We discussed how it was/is celebrated in other countries, as well as why humans choose to celebrate a “day of the dead” (i.e. is it really for the benefit of the dead or the living).

    chrono.saan

    Wednesday and Thursday I played Chronology with @shadowjack and @timotree.  I won a close battle against @timotree on Wednesday after @KingThanos and @shadowjack #attentionspanquit and #ragequit respectively.

    On Thursday, some of the kids took a trip (organized by @jacobcb) to see Dracula:  Untold.  I stayed back and watched a documentary about Notch, Mojang, and the making of Minecraft (see it here: http://vimeo.com/96955900).

    Today I did some work on the Star Wars group, including making my first meme and posting some of my favorite clips from the films:

    Super pumped to have @adengamer and @KingThanos joining us soon!

     

    Til next week agilillies!

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    -Agilion

     

  • There is some definite failure to declare around my weekly intentions…
    #NOCHEATS intentions:
    The enchanting went really well, the hedge, not so much.  I would say we got about 60% done with our hedge-fence.  It is turning out to be really huge (approximately 20 blocks tall in some spots) and will encompass all of Minetown.  I also learned a few valuable lessons about the nature of leaf blocks- you can’t place torches and ladders on them…
    *A note on Minecraft in general—-> I have decided to take a week off from craftin’.  I’m not doing this because I have changed my mind about MC value- I still think there is a huge amount, even “educational” value in the mainstream sense- but simply need a week away from the cube.  I have noticed we’ve been taking less park trips and staying around school more, and I don’t want to be a part of the reason for this.
    Geoguessr:
    We did an All-American journey this week and scored pretty decently (17,648).  You can challenge us here: http://ryanshollenberger.agilelearningcenters.org/2014/10/14/geoguessr-exploring-america/
    [@drew and the Sterlings scored 16,100.]
    Wikitrails:
    Our first journey took us from Michael Bay to chips… we did it in 3 clicks!
    The second round took a little bit more patience, as we made it from Taylor Swift to whiteboards in 11 clicks.
    Here’s what our trail looked like (I’ll make a separate post with the video later):
    1. Wal-Mart
    2. General Merchandice
    3. Merchandise
    4. North American Industry Classification System
    5. Retail
    6. Stationary
    7. Office supplies
    8. Office Depot
    9. [Back to] Office Supplies
    10. Writing Utensils
    11. Whiteboards!!!!!
    Thanks to @timotree, @pinkpanda, @jacobcb, @tinocrafter, @charlotte, and Isabella (sorry I still don’t know how to find your @)!
    -Participate in a Howard Zinn reading of the Columbus chapter of “A People’s History of the United States”
    Philosophy:

    This week’s philosophy meeting was awesome.  We talked about vampires- their origins, evolutions, and place in human culture through the ages.  We began with watching the trailer to the original vampire film, Nosferatu… creepy.  We even went on a quick tangent and learned some cool stuff about angler fish.
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    Chronology:
    I declare failure on this one… @shadowjack had a busy week and @timotree wasn’t juiced for it.    I am holding for this to happen next week, especially because it will be a cool and simple history-based activity for our visitors to join in on.
    Zombie Munchkins and Werewolves:
    Werewolves saw the addition of a new character this week, thanks to @timotree and @theskycookie.  Welcome to The Werewolf Elder…   His power is to be able to sacrifice one of his own kind to convert a villager to a werewolf (except for the Village Elder).

    I am pretty sure we played one of the longest Munchkins games in history this week. @timotree won, though everyone had at least 8 levels when the dust settled.
    Agile Soccer Club:
    With 8 kids this week, we were able to play a better game of world cup.  Team “Mordor” won in a close game, beating Team USA, Team Eagles, and Team Red Lotus by only 1 goal.  We also practiced shooting, worked on our fitness and stretching.
    @abbyo ‘s Adventure Map:
    This was SO FREAKING COOL- and OP too.  @douglasawesome and I died 3 times (once because we decided to defile an altar… probably a bad idea in all cases)
    Take a trip to “Swing-a-Ring,” and awesome playground near @douglasawesome ‘s house
    We rescheduled for Monday due to bad weather.
    Duolingo:
    Failure…only did Duolingo twice this week, though I did get my Lingot total up to 40 and purchased the “Flirting” bonus practice.  Learned how to say, “May I give you a kiss.” =)
     

     

    Ok, I’m lagging a lot.  Time to log off and go to afternoon meeting.  Until next week agilites-

     

    Love and agility,

     

    Agilion.

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  • Before I write about all the fun I’m having, here is an awesome song that Adin @theskycookie introduced me to. Enjoy…

    Last Thursday, I got to attend my very first Comic Convention here in NYC and it was pretty ridiculously fantabulous. I went with @abram, Adin @theskycookie, and Douglas @douglasawesome. What I loved most was the abundance of super cool toys and books as well as how much @theskycookie and @douglasawesome were super stoked about being there. I also felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when Douglas and I bumped into the game, Sonic The Hedgehog, one of my all time favorite games growing up.

    Agile Learning Facilitator (ALF) Weekend up in beautiful Chatham, NY, was such an amazing experience for me. I got to finally meet some of the other ALC Mosaic crew: Dean @dinospumoni and Dan @dthomasson. And then there’s @drew, who holds it down ever so effortlessly at ALC Everett. Since @nancy did such a beautiful job summing up ALF Weekend in her blog post, check THIS out to delve more into what we accomplished overall.

    I came away feeling a deep sense of trust and loving connection in our ALF community. Words simply fail to describe how grateful I am to be playing and working with such inspirational individuals.

    To reflect further back… Over a year ago, I found myself cultivating a team of dear friends at home on Oahu for my intention of creating a learning resource center. To me, my effort slowly and sadly fizzled out because I found myself struggling to push a group of people who would be PERFECT as resource people to commit to establishing something that I alone (in this context) had the fiery passion for. After letting go of holding so strongly to a narrow pathway of getting things done (I simply didn’t know what I was doing and now, this is much less so), I have been learning so much along the way. This includes but not at all limited to:

    communication tools
    my level of trust in specific individuals
    discernment among those who can help in what areas, in which ways, and in which phases of development
    getting clear on intentions of every individual who expresses an interest in helping me manifest this vision
    so much more about myself

    In this journey so far, emphasis on my deep gratitude for having magically united with this freshly blossoming ALF family moves beyond the power of words. I’ve known since the start of my process about two years ago that I needed and desired a team of people aligned with my very personal passion for creating powerful spaces for young people to live, learn and thrive in. And so it is–I am among the badass wolf pack with a collective fire toward intentional co-creating and being the change here and now.

    My favorite parts about ALF weekend was getting clear on my own intentions and making it known as well as hearing out the intentions and celebrating the strengths of everyone present. For this, we also got to learn about an awesome tool called Metamaps, to digitally organize ourselves much easier on many levels. Overall, I loved everything that came to the surface and although it was slightly overwhelming for me to take in and feel out new friends as well as situations which are seemingly inevitable within any community of purpose, I am incredibly grateful to have witnessed and played a part in the process of deepening trust, understanding and communication with new friends. My intentions coming into ALF weekend was to feel more connected to our ALC community and to laugh a lot.

    ALF Weekend intentions: accomplished.

    Up next: I will be working with…

    @tomis on more marketing stuff such as setting up a documentary screening of Race to Nowhere
    @abbyo, @charlotte, @nancy on implementing practices of safe emotional release exercises with kids (and amongst our ALF community as well). Also on creating some sort of check-in system with the intention of clear communication and support for ALFs around any extra-challenging situations that arise.
    @nancy, @bear, @tomis, @charlotte, @drew on creating a roadmap and support system for ALFs like me who desire to establish an ALC
    @tomis, @bear, @drew on establishing Hawaii’s first ALC (both off and on location) in good time

    And this journey continues…

     

  • Nina posted an update 7 years, 4 months ago

    @douglasawesome Lord Douglas! It was awesome learning about geocaching with you today. Excited to find our first one!

  • Lescot posted an update 7 years, 4 months ago

    Hey, @douglasawesome this site is pretty sweet!