10 August 2015

A Pinterest with some CLMOOC Peers blogs – 

9 August 2015

Two more Meograph about Nature parks in the Centre and South of Portugal, a collection of information from the Internet and the National Conservation Institute

nature_parks_south_PT_2-um video feito com a ferramenta Meograph que utiliza geo-referenciação

Video screen Nature Parks in the Centre of Portugal

nature_parks_south_PT_3 - um video feito com a ferramenta Meograph que utiliza geo-referenciação

Video screen Nature Parks in the South of Portugal 

 My lioness final reflections #CLMOOC
Poster with humorous final reflections on #CLMOOC, portraying a lion resting on a branch of a tree with a thinking bubble saying It's been exhaustng

Lion reflections poster

8 August 2015

Still sharing and making in CLMOOC. A peer shared a Meograph and I’ve tried this cool tool as well, starting a series on Nature Parks in Portugal.

meograph_national_parks_north_portugal - um video feito com a ferramenta Meograph que utiliza geo-referenciação

Video screen of Nature Parks in the North of Portugal

4 August 2015

Closing CLMOOC, a final reflection:

  • Looking back to my webpage (e-portfolio) of CLMOOC – – I suppose I have kept pace with the weekly themes and proposals, mostly producing visual artifacts. I usually miss the synchronous sessions, because they are not compatible with working hours or I just forget about them. Sometimes I have no patience to listen to the recorded talks, because I don’t find them much productive. I have mostly interacted in Twitter and G+ CLMOOC communities, I’m not a Facebook frequent user. At this stage of my life, I enjoy the openness and freedom to engage in the activities proposed by c-MOOCs, not following a strict syllabus, very often leading us to unpredicted paths. For some people this may be a disadvantage because they lack a more structured and prescriptive plan, may feel the course is inarticulate and caotic, but I like the freedom of choosing my own way and connect and relate to whom and what I wish, within a broad weekly proposal. I could have written more prose and posted more reflections but the fact is that I tend to invest my time in producing artifacts (and these take some time as well). As I was on holiday in Edinburgh during the last week of CLMOOC, most of my posts were related to that experience, rather than to the week theme, sorry if it resulted inconvenient. I had the chance to explore new tools such as Pixteller, Pixlr, Ezgif, Tagul, Malinc (fractal generator), Magisto, Emaze… and work with many other familiar tools. I might highlight my work on some poems and the revisitation of the theme of Complexity Systems.

My final overview in a presentation made in Canva CLMOOC Overview

CLMOOC_Overview_image - Presentation image in Canva about CLMOOC final overview

Presentation image 

3 August 2015

A poem of solidarity to resistant migrants at Calais

Poem jungle at Calais

Poster poem Jungle at Calais, by Ida Brandão

2 August 2015

Some experiences with photo effects in and Pixlr-o-Matic


Scott Monument in Edinburgh, photo effect


Scott Monument in Edinburgh, photo effect




St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Scotland, photo effect


St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Scotland, photo effect


St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Scotland, photo effect


St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Scotland, photo effect


Scotland Flag, photo effect


Scottish Kilts photo effect



Stirling Castle in Edinburgh photo effect


Highland Cattle photo effect


Holyrood Castle in Edinbrgh, gardens photo effect


Stirling Castle photo effect

st.andrews_cathedral_background_effect stirling_castle_tunnel_effect

1 August 2015

My video on my travel to Scotland   –

29 July 2015

The Kilt has its origin in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century. It is most often made of woollen cloth in a tartan pattern.

Scottish kilts collage

Scottish kilts collage

28 July 2015

Edinburgh collage

Edinburgh collage

Edinburgh photos collage

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.


Greyfriars bobby statue

The best-known version of the story is that Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman. When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby then became known locally, spending the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave. (Wikipedia)

This reminded me of the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) directed by Lasse Hallström, with Richard Gere. It’s a story of loyalty of a dog towards his owner as well –

27 July 2015

Stirling Castle collage

Stirling castle collage

Stirling castle collage

25 July 2015

My favourite cattle from the Highlands

Highland cattle collage

Highland Cattle collage

22 July 2015

On the eve of my departure to Edinburgh for a week holiday,

A peer shared a great video on Net Neutrality in India – 

21 July 2015

About public spaces, my short story on a walk to the beach –

20 July 2015

A new week started under the theme of Public Spaces.

A peer showed his elementary school and I decided to take a photo from Google Maps street view of my primary school and secondary school.

liceu_rainha_d._amelia escola_primária_n.52

My ideal school could be VITTRA –

A peer shared an interesting video of an artist that uses the beach as a canvas and succeeds in complex geometric designs –

19 July 2015

Related to some a peer’s post that wishes to «hack» the school library and invade other school spaces I decided to explore ArtTSculpture Books and collected examples in a Pinterest –

A TED talk by an artist presents his book sculptures – 

18 July 2015

Related to some posts on Racism I selected some poems on this theme and made some posters

Poster Poem Racism, by O. Noonuccal

Poster poem We Wear the Mask, by P.L.Dunbar

Poster poem Son of Mine, by O.Noonuccal


Stamps collage on Racism

17 July 2015

A channel with videos on Complexity Systems

A great TED-ED lesson on the complex geometry of arab design shared by a peer.

16 July 2015

A great conference by Dr. Hans Rosling speaking about complex systems and Big Data across times and the evolution of population growth, health system evolution, climate change, economic growth and so on –

My mindmap of a Glossary of Complex Systems – 

15 July 2015

My first artifact for this week consists on a revision of a previous MOOC on Complexity Systems run by the Institute of Santa Fe in 2013. The advantages of keeping an e-portfolio…

Powtoon slideshow –


Powtoon screen on Complexity Systems presentation

Complex Systems science  investigates how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviors of a system and how the system interacts and forms relationships with its environment. All complex systems have many interconnected components. (wikipedia article) – magnified image here aqui

The terminology related to the different fields of Complex Systems is very complicated and I made this Glossary in a mindmap –, each node provides a definition and respectuve link for Wikipedia article.

complex_sistems_diagram  collective_behaviour_diagramevolution_diagram networks_diagram nonliner_dynmics_diagram pattern_diagram systems_theory_diagramgame_theory_diagram

A peer shared a video about a japanese artist that raises «paper cut» to mastery – and another peer shared a great animation about paper vs. digital – 

Harvard scientists create self-organizing robot swarm –

Management Cybernetics is the science of effective organization. Despite its name, Chaos Theory centers on self-organizing systems. Cybernetics is expert in complexity. Chaotic systems are complex systems that can self-organize when key independent variables become synchronized through positive and negative feedback. The connection is clear. Management Cybernetics is interested in finding the invariant features of viable systems and self-organization from chaos is one of them. The border or edge of chaos is the thin border where information captures energy to reproduce the organization.

Collage of self organizing systems

collage self org systems pixlr

Collage of self organizing systems


Collage of self organizing systems

Collage of complex systems

collage complex systems

Collage of self organizing systems


Collage of self organizing systems

14 July 2015

A new week dedicated to complex systems and some questions to bear in mind.

  • What is the function of the system?
  • What are the parts of the system?
  • What input does it receive?
  • What output does it provide?
  • Is it part of a larger system?
  • Is there a subsystem?

Proposals for Makes:

  • How can you document a system that serves a function in your life?
  • Can you add inflow to an already existing system in order to make it function more effectively?
  • Can you re(media)te a system in order to improve it?
  • What about a hack? Can you hack a system or “the system” to make it work for you in interesting new ways?
  • Can you create a new system to take the place of one that is no longer useful or has become obsolete?
  • Can you design an entirely new system for something that has yet to be imagined?


Questions to ask about systems – 

Systems literacy – 

The imaginary factories inside our gadgets – 

«The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent research and educational institution. We study how interactions within a system lead to its behavioral patterns, and how the system interacts with its environment. Our mathematical tools transcend the boundaries of physical, biological and social sciences, as well as engineering, management, and medicine.» –

13 July 2015

Exploring the Thinglink – of a peer I review the Words Game of Margaret Simon –  and made an adaptation into portuguese – Jogo de Palavras e Poesia


Presentation slide with game on words and poetry

12 July 2015

My sum up of this week in a Canva presentation


Presentation slide on Game Design

Tried to make a QUIZ based on a template of –

My URL on a EUROPEAN QUIZ – European Quis

The vídeo tutorial helped with the final publishing –


Screen image on a game of words

11 July 2015

I made a short Quiz about Education Books, using a free tool Quiz Revolution


Education Books Quiz

A game on Story Elements, built by a peer –

A presentation, by another peer, proposes an activity to make poetry based on cards of nouns and adjectives – Presentation

10 July 2015

About Manifestos some peers shared interesting artifacts and resources:

Manifesto in Clouds – a video with photos of incredible shapes of clouds and a narrative – 

A Manifesto about the Maker Movement, by Mark Hatch – 

My Haiku deck with Mark Hatch Manifesto –


Screen slide on Maker Movement Manifesto

Some tools for collaborative writing (as a game) shared by peers:


MixedInk –

PenFlip –


A new photo editor and collage was share –

9 July 2015

About a peer post on Haiku japanese poems I made this collage with Ezra Pound’s poem In a Station of Metro


Collage on a poem by Ezra Pound

8 July 2015

The 3rd week is dedicated to Games for Learning and I made a Pinterest with a collection of links on  Games and tools 

6 July 2015

Poster poems by Greeks and for Greeks


Poster poem Waiting for the Barbarians, by greek poet C.P.Cavafy


Poster poem The Isles of Greece, by Lord Byron

An analysis of Byron’s poem –

A remix of old writings fragments in PIXLR


Collage of old writings fragments

5 July 2015

A new trial with EMAZE App with a poem by Fernando Pessoa –


4 July 2015

I’ve written a new short poem


On the bed of time,
homeless people sleep.
Under the cover of shy glimpses,
the summer sky warms,
where the water runs deep.
The dreamer destiny transforms,
longing for promises,
in a twilight of metamorphoses.

and tried EMAZE App –

homeless poem

Collage on a poem Homeless, by Ida Brandão

and re-MEDIA-te in PIXLR

A peer shared an animation she produced with DoInk Apps as well as the process with a tutorial

It takes time but it has great potential.

 Julho 2015

A new trial with EMAZE App on Gothic theme – 

<p><a href=”″>Gothic Culture (1)</a> from <a href=”″>Ida Brandão</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

and another variation in Magisto

2 Julho 2015

In line with my Dracula theme re-Media-te I made a short video on Gothic subculture in Magisto Gothic Connections


and another version in WeVideo –


and a variation in

1 July 2015

A trial with video editor Magisto –


My previous video on Coach Museum, edited with WMM and uploaded in Youtube –

Today I posted my adaptation of Nature Pyramid Poster that was shared by a peer (an english version)


Nature Pyramid Poster, translated and adapted by Ida Brandão

30 June 2015

The 2nd week of CLMOOC proposals:

For this Make Cycle, we would love for you to choose something (an artifact, a story, a picture, a video clip, an anything) and over the course of the week remediate it through one or more different media. A remediation cycle might start as a drawing, move to a video, then to a cross stitched text, then to a webpage. Another cycle might begin with a blog post, move to a garden sculpture, become a gif, and result in a speech. You might even may choose to browse the Makes from the first week’s cycle and remediate an introduction someone posted, with proper attribution of course!»

A cycle of makes around Dracula:

An animated Gif on Murnau’s Nosferatu –

Presentation on Drácula – from literature to film –

An audio clip edited in Audacity and uploaded in Audioboom of Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Coppola’s movie: – listen to the exceptional sound effects, which one may neglect when watching the movie.

Drácula Acrostic Poem

Dracula Acrostic Poem

Dracula acrostic Poem, by Ida Brandão

29 June 2015

One of the greatest portuguese poets and one of his translated poems –

fernando pessoa poem

Poster poem of Fernando Pessoa

Arseny Tarkovski was the father of film director Andrei Tarkovski. They share the same poetic genome. I took one of Arseny Tarkovski poems and made this image collage. It’s a beautiful poem – And this I dreamt, and this I dream –,-and-this-I-dream. A CLMOOC peer recorded the reading of this poem in

tarkovski poem

Poster poem by Arseny Tarkovski

More experiences with PIXLR and effects on a collage


Collage about Makes

based on original photos:

bugioladder MAKE

#F5F – an activity to select 5 artifacts from peers – 

28 June 2015

My solidarity with Greece, poster made in

Shame on Europe.

Poster poem Shame on Europe, by Ida Brandão

Audio version of the poem –

Made with PIXLR

shame on europe flame pxlr

Poster poem Shame on Europe, by Ida Brandão

shame on europe pxlr

Poster poem Shame on Europe, by Ida Brandão

27 June 2015

Activity #F5F

Trying Text Logo tool – 

text logo clmooc 3d_letter_text_effect text logo clmooc 3d_psychedelic_text_effect text logo clmooc 3d_splash_text_effect text logo clmooc graffiti 2

and photo effects

depp sweeney todd 3d-hdr-photo-effect depp sweeney todd

This undated publicity photo released by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. shows Johnny Depp, left, as Tonto, and Armie Hammer, as The Lone Ranger, in a scene from the film,

Trying a new tool that generates fractal effects – 

fractal_effect_pattern_2 fractal_effect_pattern_3

fractal_effect_flower_delicate fractal_effect_flower_pink

fractal_effect_apples fractal_effect_grapes fractal_effect_landscape fractal_effect_lemons fractal_effect_mixed_fruit fractal_effect_pepper fractal_effect_photovisi_image fractal_effect_photovisi_image_cloud_word fractal_effect_red_fruit fractal_effect_space_image fractal_effect_tomatoes fractal_effect_vegetables

26 June 2015

Just tried a Google app, a story builder – , but it’s too limited, doesn’t allow to write much, I couldn’t go on with my dialog –Travel to Edinburgh

A new cloud word tool – TAGUL – with an animation feature (watch link)


Experimenting animated GIF with Youtube URL

and with – a mix of Meliès and Murnau’s  silent movies images

and with, a tool that allows effects and writing text over the gif – District 9 movie images –

and Murnau’s Nosferatu –

25 June 2015

I made a new artifact – Interview with a MOOCer

About unconstructing introductions, personas, masks, how we play different roles in various contexts


Collage on Ida Personas

24 June 2015

I’ve produced 2 posters for CLMOOC, in


and a  poster poem with Salgado’s photos as background, a tribute to the greatest photographer

Poster Poem to Sebastião Salgado photos

Poster poem Genesis (I), by Ida Brandão

Genesis 2

Poster poem Genesis (II), by Ida Brandão

22 June 2015

The first newsletter has arrived with a proposal for introduction of participants in various ways and using different tools, such as:

  • Photo Cutting (like with scissors) Grab scissors, cut pictures up, move pieces around, see what happens, take a new picture (or video) of your cut up picture.
  • Photo Cutting with stop motion: Add a cool stop motion app to the play described above. We like iMotion for IOS and PicPac for Android.
  • Mad-Libs: Yes! Make your own mad libs. Maybe use an existing text and take out words to be replaced!?
  • Image Write Overs: See what happens when you layer writing over your image. You might try an app/website like ThingLink or Pic Collage.
  • Image Manipulation: Try Pixlr or Kaleidolens or another app to change your images.
  • Corrupted Image Files: Distort and corrupt your images. Oh yeah! Here are two webapps we tried: or
  • Mosaic: Smash or take apart stuff (stuff that is yours :0) and reconfigure it, mosaic-like, into something new. Go Violet on an egg. Take apart an old clock. Use broken dishes to make a traditional mosaic.
  • Mozilla Webmaker Tools: Try X-ray Goggles for disrupting current web content or Popcorn for interrupting video content.

I have a PREZI I usually update for introduction –

I have used Thinglink for learning artifacts and here is my introduction as well –


Thinglink image on Ida’s introduction

Trying GifMaker online – It will stay only for a few days online, otherwise download it

Just tried a new image tool PIXLR –

Pixlr introduction

Collage on Ida’s introduction

My animated gif in –

My «Maker Poem» about Maker Movement Week in 

Pixlr maker poem

Poster poem Makers around the World, by Ida Brandão

19 June 2015

A connectivist MOOC is starting on the 22nd June –,  organized into six open Make Cycles to inspire participants to make, write, connect, and reflect, designed  in ways to customize the experience to each one’s own interests.


Social media spaces of CLMOOC, include:

A few quick things to begin  CLMOOC experience:

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