Personal Connections

This collection of seven personal stories showcases educators who are trying to reimagine both the role of educators as learners and develop new methodologies for teaching students in this increasingly digital age. 
This collection of ten personal stories features individuals who use their personal passions to engage with their communities.
This collection of six personal stories documents the different ways that educators are utilizing aspects of both design and play in their curriculums. Their hands on approach to learning allows students to physically manifest their ideas by constructing, designing, and executing a plan to create something new either on their own or as a collaboration.
Sofya.jpg All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways: The older you are, the more you have to learn, not the other way around. As a designer very new to teaching, trust your instincts with what you know, and feel free to reach out to educators on tips to help you feel comfortable in a classroom. Be ready to be flexible! Let...
Cas-Holman.jpg All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways: Design learning materials for play and discovery – ideally, without instructions or right and wrong ways of using them. Be brave, and trust that your learners are intelligent and will figure out what to do. Test, redesign, and in the process get really good at...
Paola_Ricaurte_Quijano.jpg All rights reserved. Paola Ricaurte Quijano, Professor and researcher in the School of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities ITESM at University Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico – a huge private university with 90,000 students at more than 30 campuses -- does not subscribe to the “digital natives” theory that device-savvy young people...
DarrenKuropatwa.jpg All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways: Don’t delete anything - archive as much as you can. Let your students take ownership of their online space. Edutech is not a spectator sport. Learn how to use new tools by using them. Share what you learn and expect others to share back.   Darren Kuropatwa,...
EvaMejia.jpg All rights reserved. Photo Credit: Gary Otake Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways: Understand the problem you are trying to solve and understand and elevate the voice of those affected by the problem, whether they are students, teachers or community. Understand the system that creates the problem you are trying to solve. Use...
BriannaCrowley.png All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways Before you teach something, ask the students what they know about it. Teach students how to use tools for expressing themselves and sharing their expressions at the beginning of a course so that they have more of a sense of agency in their learning from the start...
Laura-Cello-1.jpg All rights reserved. Personal Story compiled by: Howard Rheingold Key Takeaways Jump in and try something over your head, do it openly and transparently, and model for students how desire to learn can overcome fear of failure. Enable people to make connections, in person and/or online, through shared interests and passions. Digital media and...

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