connected learning

Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
Hi Friends, Receiving a Grant, joining the Flat Class Global Educator Course (FCGE), and reading so many incredibly helpful blogs has invigorated my desire to blog and share what is going on in my classroom. I hope it may be useful! http://www.flatconnections.com/k-2-building-bridges.html This year, along with a small team and virtual friend that I have never met, I put forward a grant for...
leap-625.jpg   In a previous article written for my Digital Media & Learning Research Hub blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and the dawning of new affordances in teaching with the “...
So, I had this idea ... what if I wrote a poem and delivered bits and pieces of it (let's call them stanzas, shall we?) to a few friends in online spaces and asked them to piece the poem together over social media? What would that look like? How would you even pull it off? And this began an adventure this weekend with three of my friends -- Charlene, Sheri and Terry -- as I launched a poem like a...
Saturday, January 24th,  I had the great privilege to participate with project sites across the country in the Assignments Matter Task Jam (#tasksmatter).  The idea behind the day, made possible by the great thinking of Tanya Baker, was to give teachers across the country a day to work on creating assignments that ask students to delve into rich texts and do some kind of writing/creating/making...
kimjaxon1.jpg All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways Students need multiple ways to demonstrate participation in our classroom communities. Some students may talk in class, but others may write thoughtful blogs, post provocative Tweets, create rich notes or mind maps, or craft thoughtful comments to peers' work. I try to...
By Kylie Peppler It has become increasingly clear that youths' experiences in schools do not match the kinds of experiences they are likely to have once they have completed school. The push to support "21st century" skills stems from this mismatch, and many have advocated for ensuring that young people learn to think about the world not as a simple set of cause-and-effect experiences, but rather...
This teaching guide is meant to speak toward our rights as Americans to take on the full responsibilities of democracy, referring to our civic participation in the creation and maintenance of systems of accountability in search of our collective safety. Lamenting the influences of systemic racism, police militarization, and the lack of political and judicial accountability, we recognize our role...
At the 2014 NWP Annual Meeting, a group of us participated in a "messing around and geeking out" session on Playing with Open Designs for Professional Learning. The idea of this session was to think about how connected learning meets professional learning through open play experiences. We looked at how two summer's worth of experiences in the Making Learning Connected (CLMOOC) and how it was like...
VeronicaValenzuela1.jpeg All rights reserved.   Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways Even seemingly trivial hobbies or games can lead to more in-depth learning. Help your youth reflect on what they're learning, and how those lessons or skills could impact their present and future life. Tinkering in an open or customizable online environment...

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