#HearMyHome is an online connected learning project interrogating the sonic possibilities of earwitnessing culture and community literacies. Focusing on “everyday” cultural heritage, #hearmyhome demonstrates how users can “hear” and “listen” to better understand difference through expansive personal learning networks (PLN). Illustrated by a mobile site’s larger open-networked soundscapes map, #hearmyhome is an affinity space wherein participants share both knowledge and life experiences (through sonic composition) as a way to form interpersonal relationships and create a fuller understanding of community.
Networked and hosted across microblogging and social networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, #hearmyhome operates through user participation. Through sonic production and play users earwitnessed the everyday through a series of sonic events. Tracing these ambient acoustics and sonic soundscapes, #hearmyhome has three primary goals:
- As an area for research, #hearmyhome is about examining rhythmic rituals and the ambient soundscapes of culture that cut across the contexts of home, school, and community, looking at the connections, overlaps, and disjunctures
- As a pedagogical project for learning, #hearmyhome posits that some of the most meaningful forms of learning happen when a learners have interests or passions they are pursuing across contexts of (inter)cultural affinity, social support, and shared purpose
- As a model for connected learning design, #hearmyhome offers a way of connecting the spheres of home, school, and community-based learning, leveraging the affordances of digital and networked media.