making learning connected

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...
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...
Making Learning Connected is an event we offered during The Summer to Make, Play & Connect by Educator Innovator and was powered by educators from the National Writing Project. The goals of this MOOC are to: a) engage participants in interest-driven, making-centered experiences that embody Connected Learning principles; b) to adopt a collaborative approach and a reflective stance toward the...
This was originally posted as a blog for Making Learning Connected 2014, otherwise known as CLMOOC. These reflections and connections come from the first week's Make Cycle focused on creation of How-to Guides by Chris Butts and Rachel Bear of the Boise State Writing Project. Image by Tracy Hunter on Flickr CC BY Thank you to everyone in our community for your vigorous response to our invitation...
We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on my own entry point into this work as a way to illustrate why I think “...
In a couple of days it will be June.  Let’s face it, summer is indeed here.  ….That wonderful time of year when the world is in full bloom and ideas percolate.  As the summer suddenly arrives on the doorstep, I have this personal ritual of creating my annual “Summer Manifesto”.  It is a wish list.  I jot down all the various things I want to be able to do over the summer.  The list is usually...
On May 20, 2014, Educator Innovator hosted a webinar about Making Learning Connected 2014, also known as #clmooc. A collaborative learning and sharing experience, #clmooc provides educators of all types with an opportunity to play with new tools, make projects and friends, and share projects and reflections with colleagues across the country. This webinar outlined important dates, upcoming events...
What possibilities emerge for Writing Project sites when you take the traditional Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) and infuse that model with the principles of Connected Learning?  What role might the Make Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) play in the unfolding Summer Institute? This collection offers a glimpse of the possibilities that might emerge when the work of the the ISI and the #clmooc...
On Tuesday, May 20, join Educator Innovator for this webinar on Making Learning Connected 2014, also known as #clmooc. Below is the full description of the webinar: Making Learning Connected (also known as #clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience offered through Educator Innovator, first offered during Summer 2013. It is open to anyone interested in making, playing...
In reading Meenoo Rami’s Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching, I am struck by the fact that her final chapter is about empowering students. I am struck by this because so often teaching narratives start, not end, with the students. And of course, there is very good reason for this—as educators we want and need to put students at the center of the work. Rami argues this too, in fact, in...

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