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    Colleagues of mine from the Philadelphia Writing Project asked me recently if I had suggestions about ways that they might think about extending their Summer Institute (SI) beyond the summer and into spaces, on and offline. The goals were to allow for beyond-the-summer discussions as well as to support others in joining in and participating beyond that particular SI cohort. Below are a set...
Some folks in the Digital Writing Month circles have been doing a "slow read" of the new book by Henry Jenkins, danah boyd and Mimi Ito called Participatory Culture in a Networked Era. The book is a conversation between these three eminent thinkers of learning and connecting. Chapter Four is centered on learning and literacy, and I decided that I would take a powerful quote from each of three...
20140228_135720.jpg “The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted on January 21, 2014.  Mullick spoke from experience. Caine’s Arcade, a short documentary film he released in 2009,...
The last year has been a journey of making sense and meaning of what exactly connected learning is and what it means to me. Along the way I've had the privilege of joining conversations with amazing NWP teachers about what it looks like and how it takes shape. I’m constantly comparing this framework to the things that I do as a teacher - wondering which principles already live in my classroom and...
  Last weekend, I attended the Digital Media and Learning Conference, themed “Democratic Futures”.  I’ll have to say, I was more then excited to be in this space.  Its pronounced commitment to thinking about the dynamic ways that “young people are redefining expressions of ‘citizenship’, ‘political engagement’, and ‘democracy’”(as the program read) was right in line with my own interests and...
Henry Jenkins is a well-known scholar of new media and participatory culture studies. In Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom - a recent book, co-published by the National Writing Project and Teachers College Press - he discusses an experiment to develop a new curriculum for middle and high school English classrooms, one that allows for the integration...
hacktivity.png Mozilla Webmaker is in the process of creating Teaching Kits for each of our software tools and for a variety of event types. The kits contain information on the Mozilla Webmaker initiative as a whole, specific information on the particular tool and event format that the teaching kit is for, and then modular content that allows a facilitator to pick...
What do we mean when we say "participatory culture" and what challenges do we face in trying to more fully realize this ideal, especially in regards to youth participation? Digital Is community members have often turned to Henry Jenkins to help make sense of these questions. In the one-hour Connected Learning seminar above, Jenkins discusses these and other questions with colleagues studying...
Language and Power Video.mov (Click on this link for a second movie example) The Process- "My Homeland" Project Show students Miguel Peraza's "The City", discuss, and assign individual free-write (10-15 min) "My Homeland Is..." Tell students anything goes- write from the heart.   Then share out.- 1 day Teacher groups students, and students select their favorite lines from each of their individual...
We’ve been talking about connected learning quite a lot lately, and I think many of us are starting to get a handle on ways to support the principles of this approach in different types of learning settings -- schools, libraries, makerspaces, home, etc. However, until last week’s connectedlearning.tv webinar, I hadn’t considered what connected learning could look like for adults in the workplace...

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