agency

When my principal asked me and a colleague, history teacher Isaac Raya, if we’d like to take over our middle school’s daily live news show, we jumped at the opportunity. We were both pioneering 1:1 laptop classrooms, and we knew the great potential of kids working in a genuine media production program. But within a week of our new adventure, we knew its current model wasn’t sustainable, and we...
A group of disparate individuals, engaged in passionate discussion, sit leaning in, elbow to elbow, in a darkened bar with drinks in hand.  Many a revolution has started with that same picture right? CTRL-Shift (http://ctrlshift.mste.illinois.edu/), for me and for many others, has been just that: A revolution.  Begun by a group of local entrepreneurs and University professors, this social think...
There are essentially three camps among educators who support the idea of integrating video games and learning: those who are playing video games as a means to support student learning (e.g. Minecraft, SimCity Edu, Civilization, augmented reality simulations) those who are creating video games as a means to support student learning (e.g. Scratch, Globaloria, Gamestar Mechanic) those who are...
post by Colin Angevine and Josh Weisgrau We started a STEAM program, and three years later, we’ve outgrown the acronym. It began when a group of upper school students approached a physics teacher about creating an advanced physics group tutorial. The physics teacher recruited a computer science teacher and the tutorial became robotics. The computer science teacher enlisted the support of a media...
I could've rapped about my hard times on this song But heaven knows I would a been wrong I wouldn't a been right, it wouldn't a been love It wouldn't a been life, it wouldn't a been us This can't be life -from Scarface on “This Can’t Be Life.” [explicit lyrics on this link] This week I had planned to continue to write about building community relationships as part of everyday educational...
CEM-Webinar1.png Powerful learning occurs when youth, driven by their own interests, are supported in being creators and not just consumers of knowledge. In celebration of October’s Connected Educator Month, we kick things off with a focus on how we can create opportunities, space, and time for all youth to be agents in their own learning. We will draw...
Keywords: equity, agency, power
What makes some people feel a sense of agency while others do not? There are people who believe they have power, can make a difference, can affect their world. And there are people who are resolute that they cannot or perhaps don’t even think of the world in those terms. What makes us feel that we can make a difference? Are we born that way? Are we raised to feel agency? Do we have experiences...
Open ecosystems are writeable, remixable, hackable, open source, democratic, equitable, multimodal, are about agency, involve inquiry and listening and require being responsive to serendipity and coalition building. Paul Oh presents an Ignite on building open systems of teaching leadership at NCTE 2012 and shares examples of this work in the world, including: Teachers Teaching Teachers Coop...

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