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May 04 2016

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Paola Ricaurte Quijano is a Professor and researcher in the School of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities ITESM at University Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico. She encourages her students to take full advantage of technology and the connected nature of their lives to enhance learning and solve problems in their communities and beyond.
Darren Kuropatwa is Director of Learning for Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. He has used blogging in the classroom to foster peer learning and facilitate connections between learners.
Eva Mejia is a Learning Systems Associate and Director of Special Programs for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Working in the area of network initiation, she leads partnerships with organizations that are launching Networked Improvement Communities and builds processes to accelerate learning and build capacity among practitioners.
Brianna Crowley is a Pennsylvania high school teacher who encourages her students to use social media tools to express themselves and expand agency in the classroom. She also asks her students to use these platforms to teach each other about a range of topics and to build a sense of connectedness and community. Before approaching her teaching, she asks students what they have to teach her.
Laura Ritchie is a teacher, researcher, performer, and learner. She is currently a Reader in Pedagogy at the University of Chichester. She created Cello Weekend, a time for complete beginners to come together with novices, students, and professionals to learn to play the cello. Through Connected Courses, she created an open, online connected course about creating a curriculum for connected learning about music.
"I think the most important thing is finding something you're passionate about. Computer programming worked well for me. But whether it's programming or playing the guitar, do it. Don't just go to school and do school. Do something awesome with your high school career." Check out this story of how teenager Zachary Baker has leveraged his learning network in pursuit of his passions.
"You don't take classes at studios most of the time," says dancer Yuri Doolan. "YouTube has become a venue for marginalized communities who aren't represented in pop culture to express themselves and create their own subculture and their own venue for exposure." Doolan uses Bollywood dance to shift debates around social justice issues.
"It's important for me, and for my future, to take charge of my learning," says 14-year old photographer Charles Raben. His journey from growing a side hobby into a definitive part of his personal identity has helped him become more engaged in his community, proving that young people can make a difference now.
A video pops up on the screen of longtime Richland Farms resident Marie Hollis. Two minutes go by -- click, click -- and a second interview appears. This time it's of Andrew Johnson, a horseshoer from Richland Farms. The two interviews are nearly identical, the sole variance being a small "Youth Voices" emblem that's displayed in the video lead-in.
At the age of 10, Asha Richardson’s father attempted to introduce her to basic HTML coding. But as a lover of the creative arts, she wanted nothing to do with it. At the time, Asha believed she had to choose one over the other. It was a paintbrush or a keyboard. It couldn’t be both. But after speaking with staff members from Youth Radio’s journalism training program, she came to the realization that the two could -- and very much should -- go hand-in-hand.

Learning in Community: Personal Stories of Connected Learning

This collection of ten personal stories features individuals who use their personal passions to engage with their communities. The spotlight shines on a variety of communities, which range from instructional groups of cello players to virtual marginalized communities of youtubers who share Bollywood dance routines online. Each personal story showcases an individual who either is a part of a community or created one themselves in order to engage with other people with similar passions. 

These personal stories provide glimpses into the ways that individuals immerse themselves into communities where the combined efforts of the entire group create shared spaces of learning built upon the foundation of their communal passions. 

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