connected learning

In this keynote from the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference, John Seely Brown walks the audience through a vision of how learning can be transformed in the 21st century is we leverage new technological capacities to support the scaling of powerful practices in education—practices that have a long history in educational thought. The keynote is preceeded by introductions from David Theo...
Before stepping foot inside YOUmedia, an innovative, 5,500-square-foot multimedia youth learning space at the Chicago Public Library, “Brother” Mike Hawkins never took any particular interest in slam poetry, nor did he consider himself a slam poet. That all changed when he began forming relationships with the program’s teens in 2009. brother_mike1.png All rights reserved...
After spending just a couple minutes with Jabiz Raisdana, you quickly realize he is not your average teacher. When you ask him how his school year is going, you won't hear stories about the woes of standardized testing or disengaged students. Instead, Raisdana will proudly tell you about his school's growing familiarity with blogging and Google Apps. Or how his students are studying photography...
I  teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a novel and simply answer the questions. It means my classroom is a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating...
I tried to explain what this means to me in my own learning in a screen-cast this last summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaNoD9RlQg0&feature=youtu.be Now comes a few examples from my students. I ask my students to do a bit of research and some writing about a burning question they have about something of interest to them. More about my curriculum here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=...
Jean Kaneko.png All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways: Don’t misunderstand STEAM by turning them into hands-on science projects and leaving it at that – find ways to connect their project-based learning with other curriculum subjects, with other learners, with networks of interest. Start with topics or places that have...
With so many programs and tools, the possibilities for using technology in the classroom seem endless. How do you choose which to use? How do you know where to start?
In this interview, broken into three parts, Will Richardson further explains what he means when he talks about connective writing.   It part 1, Will defines connective writing and talks about what makes it, in his words, "different" from other writing that might happen in school.   In part two, Will talks about what connective writing looked like in his high school language arts classroom and...

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