Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & social justice activist with a passion for string games. He taught 3rd & 4th grade for 10 years with Alianza Charter School's 2-way dual immersion program. He spent the last 7 years of his public school teaching career as a self-funded technology integration specialist. He focuses on self-directed, connected learning via real-world projects & string games. "For our students, I firmly believe putting them in play as creators within our networked physical world is our primary task. They each need to see themselves as Makers with "Net Smarts" (as Howard Rheingold puts it), and to be given the tools to tell the computers what to do. This is connected learning."
Writing Project Site
At the 3rd Space Conference in St. Louis, MO, July 9-13, TC Bowen Lee and Associate Director Fred Mindlin participated in a multi-site, multi-organization collaborative development experience, grounded in the responsive design model developed by the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project and the Cultural Landscape Collaboratory (CoLab). We discussed site needs for programmatic work that will support student-centered learning and developed this flow chart of steps for creating a variety of programs which could be developed to meet these needs. The results of our brainstorming were then shared with others at the Conference and refined through the responsive design process.
Our need statement reads: Fred and Bowen need to develop pilot programs to build more support for student centered learning.
The design process for developing pilot programs that we generated through our 3rd Space experiences was a model for the plan we designed. This plan can be used for different types of collaborative community education programs and can serve as a template for our student centered learning projects.
The process begins and ends with data collection, because validation for the project must always reflect its ability to address the needs of the community it is serving. Data collection begins with finding out the needs of the parties involved, and asking them how they can be involved in the project. This inquiry increases the probability that a proposal will be accepted by directly asking people what they want and what they will be willing to do to achieve these objectives.
I'm working on a "vision piece" with this title, gathering thoughts for the upcoming CoLab 3rd Space Conference, and I'd love any feedback folks have.
Collecting Threads, Weaving Community/Colgando hebras, tejiendo comunidad
Weaving the threads of the Common Core into the fabric of our community/Enhebrando los hilos del Básico Común en la tela de nuestra comunidad
a proposal for collaboration by Fred Mindlin, Associate Director for Technology Integration, Central California Writing Project (UCSC), ccwritingproject.org
"Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don't know what to do."--John Holt
"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost."–-J.R.R. Tolkien
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