peer learning

The coming two weeks will no doubt engender a dynamic (and hopefully playful) conversation about co-learning in the Connected Courses community.  I am honored to facilitate the topic along with colleagues Alec Couros and Howard Rheingold who have been exploring these issues for some time.  Of all the topics we considered tackling when designing the Connected Courses “spine”, this one seemed to me...
As you step through the doorway of a history classroom, the lights are off as the teacher drones on about the importance of certain Revolutionary War battles. A plain PowerPoint slide is plastered across the front of the room. A few students are awake, actively taking notes, but the majority of the class is dead asleep as the teacher drones on, unfazed by  this behavior. This is what many...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, continued strongly on Tuesday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This third webinar, Multiple Paths to Success: Promoting Peer-Supported Learning Grounded in Student Interests, is now archived....
The Making Learning Connected MOOC (clmooc) that happened this summer was a great experience for me and for many others. I came into clmooc as an avid maker. My love of digital tools has led me to many types of digital making. Living in an extremely rural place, making is a necessity; we have built our own house, keep a large garden, can jams and vegetables, make our own bread, and make many...
After participating in the week-long Connected Learning Summer Institute with the Tar River Writing Project, I came away with lots of ideas for how to implement more connected learning in my classroom. But, I also came away an opportunity to reflect on connected learning that already exists in my classroom. The kind folks at TRWP asked me to create another connected learning resource, and I...
I’ve been thinking a lot this year about connected learning. Wondering which principles already live in my classroom and how I might breathe life into other.   Our final project this year was to create a digital story. “Production centered” - check. After weeks of reading memoirs and various brainstorming and free write strategies students crafted their own narrative. Drafts were shared with...
Caption: Streaming the workshops have opened a new channel for engagment and learning Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City teens by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership opportunities; through free and uncensored writing workshops, college prep and events to perform/share their work. The Digital Divide is a problem that grows daily as the...
Originally posted as a blog post February 2012. I tried to explain what this means to me in my own learning in a screen-cast this last summer: 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. I'm interested in this notion of connected...
I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading. I originally shared my reasons for replacing grades with badges in my post “Community Building With Badges” which was sparked by Cathy Davidson’s description of her badging system but essentially I hoped...
These Connected Learning TV webinar archives form a mini-series related to the release of the Connected Learning: An Research and Design Agenda report. Jean Rhodes - Effective Mentorship Through Shared Purpose and Interest Sonia Livingstone - The Realities of Youth and Peer Culture: Balancing Learning Opportunities and Risks Craig Watkins & Juliet Schor - Connected Learning As Pathway to...

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