Laura Gibbs

New Growth Mindset Resource Site :-)

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Apr 3, 2017

I don't have a lot of time to write this morning, but there's so much I want to say about this totally fun new project that I created this weekend... so, there will be more posts to come with nitty-gritty details. For now, I just wanted to say that I have a new public Canvas resource "course" space for growth mindset:


I'm building this for my students, but it's the first time I've created a Canvas space with lots of other potential learners in mind, and I am really hoping this can be useful to others!


It's also a proof-of-concept for a Canvas site with all dynamic content. There's really no content "in" these pages; instead, all the content is being delivered in real time (or near-real-time) from the things I do online already: when I add new blog posts to my Growth Mindset blog, as I tag new Growth Mindset articles in Diigo, as I pin new things to my Pinterest Boards, add new cats to the Flickr album, etc. There's also random content, like the random cats and also the random YouTube videos. The idea is that once I get this set up, it will "run itself" with no need for me to do any editing; instead, just the natural process of the content creation and curation I already have in place will feed new content to the site.


There is one BIG item I have not included here, which the "Growth Mindset Challenges" that I set for my students to help them learn more and explore growth mindset. That's something I need to take slowly because I want to develop the challenges in a deeper, more systematic way than I have done so far. I've learned a lot from the two years that my students have been doing Growth Mindset Challenges in my classes, and I am ready to do a good job on that, but it's going to take some real thinking, so I'll need to wait until summer when I have some real thinking time available.


Also, since I am really am trying to build this with other users in mind, not so much my students (who are doing their work for class on laptops), I used CSS instead of tables for the column layouts. It seems to be working pretty well! I don't have a smartphone myself, though, so I need to snag my husband's phone and see what it looks like there. Thanks to Sharmaine Regisford and others designers here at the Community for encouraging me to up my CSS game. I'm learning!


Anyway, I am super-excited about what I got done this weekend. I needed to build this site this weekend so that next weekend I can prepare the slidedeck ready for my Growth Mindset CanvasLIVE coming up later this month.


Yep, I am having way too much fun with all of this...!!! :-)


GM site screenshot