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Jul 15 2014
Join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wed. 7.16 at a special time for TTT 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM Galway, Ireland for Part 2 of our conversation about Invent to Learn.

+Chris Sloan and educators from around the world have been gathering this summer in Galway, Ireland to discuss making in education.  

Chris writes that that they have been collaborating with the maker space 091 Labs http://091labs.com/ in Galway to play and discuss ways that constructivism and making can improve education.

Much of this work is being coordinated through Michigan State University’s Overseas MAET program http://edutech.msu.edu/programs/masters/overseas/ where Chris is a summer instructor. Chris continues: 

One of the books they have been reading is Invent to Learn by +Sylvia Martinez and +Gary Stager  http://inventtolearn.com.

We’ll be conducting a conversation via Google Hangouts on Air on July 16 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern (6pm Ireland). Our conversation will be broadcast on Teachers Teaching Teachershttp://edtechtalk.com/ttt and also as part of Educator Innovator’s “Summer to Make, Play, and Connect” http://makesummer.org/ and “Educator Innovator” http://educatorinnovator.org/ 

Please plan to join us!

More details from Chris Sloan:

Here are just a couple of things that have peaked our interest from the book:

Constructionism’s place in educational history that you describe so well in the opening couple of chapters especially. Your linking of making and educational theory is fascinating, especially in the authors’ frequent references to Seymour Papert, who I think is one of the most underappreciated educational thinkers ever.

We’d also like to talk about the authors’ practical suggestions for educators (e.g. Stager’s Hypothesis, What makes a good project, chapter 5, etc.)

Please join us at 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM Galway, Ireland athttp://edtechtalk.com/ttt 

Jul 10 2014

Invent to Learn Discussion on TTT - Special Time 9AM PT/Noon ET w/ guests from Ireland


On Friday, July 11th at 9AM PT/Noon ET,  +Chris Sloan from Galway, Ireland (where it will be 5PM) and +Paul Allison will bring you a special Teachers Teaching Teachers episode, sponsored by the Summer to Make, Play, and Connect http://makesummer.org/.

Join us on Friday at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt  and ;et your friends and your networks know so that they can join us too. 

This Chris has invited some interesting educators from Ireland and Michighan to come to http://edtechtalk.com/ttt for a conversation about Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager. Please let us know if you would like like to join us in the Hangout on Air as well!

If you have read the book, or are reading it… or would just love to talk about “making, tinkering and engineering in the classroom” please plan to join us at this special time for a TTT show: Friday July 11th 9AM Pacific/10Am Mountain/11AM Central/Noon Eastern/5PM Galway, Ireland. More times: http://goo.gl/ax7eMo

The Summer to Make, Play, and Connect is an effort to make the most of summer using an approach called Connected Learning. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make education more relevant and meaningful — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy demands. As part of the Summer to Make, Play and Connect, the Mozilla Foundation is leading a Maker Party effort and the National Writing Project is engaging educator innovators, in school and out, in learning opportunities featured at Educator Innovator that take place during the summer and beyond.

Jul 07 2014

INVENT TO LEARN on a special TTT, Friday at Noon ET/5PM Galway, Ireland

On Friday, July 11th we will bring you a special Teachers Teaching Teachers episode, sponsored by the Summer to Make, Play, and Connect

We need you to do three things: 1) Let us know that you want to be part of the book talk in our Hangout on Air. 2) Join us on Friday athttp://edtechtalk.com/ttt 3) Let your friends and your networks know so that they can join us too. (Please note the special day and time below.)

This Friday July 11th, join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtalk.com/ttt for a conversation about Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager. Please let us know if you would like like to join us in the Hangout on Air.

If you have read the book, or are reading it… or would just love to talk about “making, tinkering and engineering in the classroom” please plan to join us at this special time for a TTT show: Friday July 11th 9AM Pacific/10Am Mountain/11AM Central/Noon Eastern/5PM Galway, Ireland (where some of our guests will be) More times: http://goo.gl/ax7eMo

The Summer to Make, Play, and Connect is an effort to make the most of summer using an approach called Connected Learning. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make education more relevant and meaningful — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy demands. As part of the Summer to Make, Play and Connect, the Mozilla Foundation is leading a Maker Party effort and the National Writing Project is engaging educator innovators, in school and out, in learning opportunities featured at Educator Innovator that take place during the summer and beyond.


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Special time for Teachers Teaching Teachers - Wednesday, July 9 - 2PM ET/11AM PT

Happy Summer Vibes!

+Karen Fasimpaur and I invite you to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt this Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT.

We will be talking about how to connect on Youth Voices more carefully through online units/6-week courses/moocs… 

Karen Fasimpaur — who will help to facilitate our Hangout on Air on Wednesday — did an amazing job of summarizing our thinking to this point.

We need you to help us push this through to even more exciting connections this fall — which starts in mid-August for some of us.

*Please go to Karen’s post and write a response: http://www.k12opened.com/blog/archives/1582*

Or respond to this post

Please let us know if you will be able to join us this Wednesday, July 9 at 2PM ET/11AM PT.

We will also be joined by six teachers who are participants in the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program http://youthvoices.net/summer2014

Let us know what you are thinking!

Jul 05 2014

The Eight Elements of a Good Project

Purpose and Relevance. Is the project personally meaningful? Does the project prompt intrigue in the learner enough to have him or her invest time, effort, and creativity in the development of the project?

Time. Sufficient time must be provided for learners to think about, plan, execute, debug, change course, expand, and edit their projects. Class time affords students equal access to expertise and materials; projects may also need sufficient out-of-school time.

Complexity. The best projects combine multiple subject areas and call upon the prior knowledge and expertise of each student. Best of all, serendipitous insights and connections to big ideas lead to the greatest payoff for learners.

Intensity. Children have a remarkable capacity for intensity that is rarely tapped by the sliced-and-diced curriculum. Projects provide an outlet for the exercise of that intensity. Think about how long kids can spend mastering a video game, reading a favorite book series, memorizing the attributes of Pokemon, or building a tree house, and you have a good template for successful project-based learning.

Connection. During great projects students are connected to each other, experts, multiple subject areas, powerful ideas, and the world via the Web. The lessons learned during interpersonal connections that are required by collaborative projects last a lifetime. While there is some merit in organizing student groups to “teach” collaboration, a teacher can hope to create a more natural environment in which students collaborate (or do not) based on their own needs. Collaboration may consist of observing a peer, asking a quick question, or by working with the same teammates for the duration of a project.

Access. Students need access to a wide variety of concrete and digital materials anytime, anyplace. Personal student laptops make this possible, but we also need to think about the quality and quantity of craft materials, books, tools, hardware, software, and Internet access that allows learners to follow paths we may never have anticipated. When non-consumable materials are used, such as LEGO bricks, a sufficient quantity is necessary to ensure that students have everything they need for their projects and can leave the finished products together long enough for others to learn from them. The last thing you want is one student cannibalizing a classmate’s work during project creation.

Shareability. This is the big idea of project-based learning! Students need to make something that is shareable with others. This provides a great deal of motivation, relevance, perspective making, reciprocal learning, and an authentic audience for the project. “A project is something you want to share” is a sufficient definition for learners of all ages.

Novelty. Few project ideas are so profound that every child needs to engage in its development in every class, or year after year. Yes, that means that it may be time to rethink the annual marshmallow adobe project. If one student makes a fantastic discovery during a project, others can learn from it without slavishly repeating the steps of the pioneering student. In a healthy community of practice, learning continues and knowledge is shared naturally without coerced repetition.

— From Chapter 4 of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, Ph.D.

Jul 01 2014

Let’s talk about Sylvia Martinez’s and Gary Stager’s Invent to Learn on TTT - Wed. 7.2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

Invent to Learn http://www.inventtolearn.com/ — Have you read it? Are you reading it? Do you want to read it? — Join authors +Sylvia Martinez  and  +Gary Stager  in a Hangout on Air or listen at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wed. July 2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Let us know if you would like to join us in the Hangout on Air.

This episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers is sponsored by Educator Innovator educatorinnovator.org and the Summer to Make, Play and Connect http://makesummer.org .

 

In their book Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager invite us to  *Join the maker movement!*

There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

Children are natural tinkerers - they argue:

Their seminal learning experiences come through direct experience with materials. Digital fabrication, such as 3D printing and physical computing, including Arduino, MaKey MaKey, and Raspberry Pi, expands a child’s toy and toolboxes with new ways to make things and new things to make. For the first time ever, childhood inventions may be printed, programmed or imbued with interactivity. Recycled materials can be brought back to life.

While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn’t work that way! Architects are artists. Craftsmen deal in aesthetics, tradition and mathematical precision. Video game developers rely on computer science. Engineering and industrial design are inseparable. The finest scientists are often accomplished musicians. The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare.

When 3-D printing, precision cutting, microcomputer control, robotics and computer programming become integral to the art studio, auto shop or physics lab, every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. The maker movement not only blurs the artificial boundaries between subject areas, it erases distinctions between art and science while most importantly obliterating the crippling practice of tracking students in academic pursuits or vocational training. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

In their book, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager also show us examples of Making for every classroom budget

Even if you don’t have access to expensive (but increasingly affordable) hardware, every classroom can become a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials. The potential range, breadth, power, complexity and beauty of projects has never been greater thanks to the amazing new tools, materials, ingenuity and playfulness you will encounter in this book.

In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.

Find out more: http://www.inventtolearn.com/

And join Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager and others who have… are… or plan to read the book on Wednesday, July 2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtealk.com/ttt

Let us know if you want to join us in the Hangout.

Jun 29 2014

Join a book discussion on Invent to Learn with Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager on TTT - Wed. 7.2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

Invent to Learn http://www.inventtolearn.com/ — Have you read it? Are you reading it? Do you want to read it? — Join authors +Sylvia Martinez and +Gary Stager on http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wed. July 2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Let us know if you would like to join us in the Hangout on Air.

In their book Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager invite to  *Join the maker movement!*

There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

Children are natural tinkerers - they argue:

Their seminal learning experiences come through direct experience with materials. Digital fabrication, such as 3D printing and physical computing, including Arduino, MaKey MaKey, and Raspberry Pi, expands a child’s toy and toolboxes with new ways to make things and new things to make. For the first time ever, childhood inventions may be printed, programmed or imbued with interactivity. Recycled materials can be brought back to life.

While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn’t work that way! Architects are artists. Craftsmen deal in aesthetics, tradition and mathematical precision. Video game developers rely on computer science. Engineering and industrial design are inseparable. The finest scientists are often accomplished musicians. The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare.

When 3-D printing, precision cutting, microcomputer control, robotics and computer programming become integral to the art studio, auto shop or physics lab, every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. The maker movement not only blurs the artificial boundaries between subject areas, it erases distinctions between art and science while most importantly obliterating the crippling practice of tracking students in academic pursuits or vocational training. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

In their book, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager also show us examples of Making for every classroom budget

Even if you don’t have access to expensive (but increasingly affordable) hardware, every classroom can become a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials. The potential range, breadth, power, complexity and beauty of projects has never been greater thanks to the amazing new tools, materials, ingenuity and playfulness you will encounter in this book.

In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.

Find out more: http://www.inventtolearn.com/

And join Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager and others who have… are… or plan to read the book on Wednesday, July 2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtealk.com/ttt

Let us know if you want to join us in the Hangout.

Jun 24 2014

What’s up with your summer? Join us on TTT to talk about your plans. Wed. 9PM ET/6PM PT

Hi Friends!

 and I would love to have you join Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wednesday, June 25 at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

We just plan to talk about what you are doing this summer… maybe it’s #clmooc… or an institute at your local Writing Project… or anything else that comes up.

http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

Please let us know if you will be able to join this Hangout on Air!

— 
Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan

Jun 17 2014

Plan with us on Teachers Teaching Teachers - Wed. 6.18 9PM ET/6PM PT

On http://edtechtalk.com/ttt help Christy Kingham & me plan for 20 students & 6 teachers in Youth Voices Summer Program 6.18 9PM ET/6PM PT #NWP

For three weeks in July we’ll be facilitating the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program, and we are going to do some of our planning on Teachers Teaching Teachers TTT#400! http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wednesday, 6.18 at 9PM ET/6PM PT We’ll be re-thinking the plans that are available at http://youthvoices.net/summer2013

We invite you to join us! Help us puzzle through the many issues in#connectedlearning and digital media that we will be exploring with the students and teachers in this New York City Writing Program.

Join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

A Bit About +Christy Kingham's  Teaching Life:

This is  my tenth year teaching and I feel like I’m just getting started! For the first eight years of my career I taught middle school English.  I spent seven of those years learning all about 7th graders at Fox Lane Middle School in Bedford, New York. After moving to Manhattan,  I am currently teaching High School English at The Young Womens’ Leadership School in Astoria, New York. http://tywls-astoria.org/.  I also teach graduate school courses through Drexel University in Pennsylvania and spend my summers working with the New York City Writing Project.  I feel so lucky to do what I love every single day!

This Lehman College Press Release gives more information about the program.

Youth Voices: Bringing Students and Teachers Together to Improve Digital Skills

The New York City Writing Project at Lehman College announces the Youth Voices Inquiry Project, which will engage students and teachers from across New York City – with a particular focus on the Bronx – in using reading, writing, and digital media to explore their interests and passions. The project is made possible by $50,000 in grants from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of the New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project/Educator Innovator Network.

The Youth Voices Inquiry Project is a partnership of the New York City Writing Project and BronxNet, the public access cable channel headquartered at Lehman College. The NYC Writing Project comprises teachers committed to the improved teaching of literacy skills in schools throughout the diverse neighborhoods of New York City.

In the Youth Voices Inquiry Project, 30 students and 10 teachers will work as co-learners connecting personal passions with academic learning and civic engagement. They will create digital essays, stories, and poems; analyze and produce videos and podcasts; and design coding projects. Among other things, the project will serve as a laboratory to explore the relationships between interest-based and disciplinary learning.

The program will recruit from the network of teachers and schools that are currently active in NYC Writing Project programs. Lehman College will provide laptops and other technology for participants to use each day.

Program outcomes will include open curriculum projects, episodes of BronxNet’s Open 2.0, and new understandings about learner-created digital badges. Students and teachers will publish on youthvoices.net, a public, openly networked forum allowing for peer interaction and collaboration beyond the immediate group. As with all NYC Writing Project programs, evaluation and reflection will be key components of participation. Coordinators’ plans and participants’ reflections will be available on youthvoices.net; input from the Hive NYC and National Writing Project networks will be invited throughout the process.

“We are delighted to receive such a high level of investment and support for this connected-learning project from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of The New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project,” said Marcie Wolfe, director of the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College, which houses the NYC Writing Project. “In addition to funding the current project, which will begin in July 2014, the New York City Writing Project has identified several extension opportunities following this summer’s work.”

The NYC Writing Project intends to build the Youth Voices Inquiry Project to reach more students and teachers across multiple locations, as well as to provide full-year academic programs to support the work done in the summer intensive experience.

From the Lehman Today press release: http://wp.lehman.edu/lehman-today/2014/06/youth-voices-bringing-students-and-teachers-together-to-improve-digital-skills/

Join Christy and me — and others — as we plan this years program together on TTT at 9PM ET/6PM PT http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

Jun 14 2014

YOUR SUMMER. YOUR VOICE. Deadline Monday for the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program

We’re looking for 20 NYC HS students/6 NYC teachers to work together July 7–24, Mon–Thurs, 9am–1pm http://nycwritingproject.org

Youth Voices: Bringing Students and Teachers Together to Improve Digital Skills

The New York City Writing Project at Lehman College announces the Youth Voices Inquiry Project, which will engage students and teachers from across New York City – with a particular focus on the Bronx – in using reading, writing, and digital media to explore their interests and passions. The project is made possible by $50,000 in grants from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of the New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project/Educator Innovator Network.

The Youth Voices Inquiry Project is a partnership of the New York City Writing Project and BronxNet, the public access cable channel headquartered at Lehman College. The NYC Writing Project comprises teachers committed to the improved teaching of literacy skills in schools throughout the diverse neighborhoods of New York City.

In the Youth Voices Inquiry Project, 30 students and 10 teachers will work as co-learners connecting personal passions with academic learning and civic engagement. They will create digital essays, stories, and poems; analyze and produce videos and podcasts; and design coding projects. Among other things, the project will serve as a laboratory to explore the relationships between interest-based and disciplinary learning.

The program will recruit from the network of teachers and schools that are currently active in NYC Writing Project programs. Lehman College will provide laptops and other technology for participants to use each day.

Program outcomes will include open curriculum projects, episodes of BronxNet’s Open 2.0, and new understandings about learner-created digital badges. Students and teachers will publish on youthvoices.net, a public, openly networked forum allowing for peer interaction and collaboration beyond the immediate group. As with all NYC Writing Project programs, evaluation and reflection will be key components of participation. Coordinators’ plans and participants’ reflections will be available on youthvoices.net; input from the Hive NYC and National Writing Project networks will be invited throughout the process.

“We are delighted to receive such a high level of investment and support for this connected-learning project from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of The New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project,” said Marcie Wolfe, director of the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College, which houses the NYC Writing Project. “In addition to funding the current project, which will begin in July 2014, the New York City Writing Project has identified several extension opportunities following this summer’s work.”

The NYC Writing Project intends to build the Youth Voices Inquiry Project to reach more students and teachers across multiple locations, as well as to provide full-year academic programs to support the work done in the summer intensive experience.

From the Lehman Today press release: http://wp.lehman.edu/lehman-today/2014/06/youth-voices-bringing-students-and-teachers-together-to-improve-digital-skills/


— 
Paul Allison 917-612-3006 allisonpr@gmail.com

Jun 10 2014

Youth Voices - Prospect and Retrospect (plus Gooru) on this week’s TTT - Wed. 6.11 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

On TTT we’ve been talking about moocs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ms2vRnCYTE, make banks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl-S-QThZJE & open badges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP0hXieSkaM 

Wed 6.11 http://youthvoices.net teachers & http://goorulearning.com friends 9PM ET/6PM PT  http://edtechtalk.com/ttt planning connections 

Join Youth Voices teachers      … and more… and Gooru friends  and  

Help us think about how make more sustained, deeper connections and collaborations between our students — starting this summer in some cases — but certainly by mid-August when some of start up again.

Join us at http://edtechtak.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT

Jun 07 2014

Last chance to connect your students with something great!

On Monday, June 16, we will be closing the window for applications for students and teachers for the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program July 7 - 24. http://nycwritingproject.org We need your help now! Please let us know immediately if you are planning to invite students and if you might be applying yourself or if you know of a colleague who might be applying. Just reply to this message or send an email to me at allisonpr@gmail.com And we’ll follow up.


Time is getting short. Let’s get the word out, if you were in the program or if you already use Youth Voices in your classroom, please let everybody know how they might benefit from this experience. Please post a response here or on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/youthvoices.net

There are still openings for students and teachers, and we need your help in filling these seats! We are looking for 20 students and 6 teachers to work together, learning how to do online inquiry that begins with the self, moves through curiosities and interests, and builds connections between personal passions and deep explorations of disciplinary content of all sorts.

We would especially love to work with groups of students who come from the same school. And even more, last year we learned the power of working with teachers who came from the same school as some of the students. Imagine the power of applying yourself and bringing several students from your school!

Still… summer is different. Students and teachers are given the illusion of unlimited time… time to explore your own passions and to follow connections wherever they lead. 

Students leave the Youth Summer Program with a renewed sense of confidence in their own reading and writing abilities, and with a sense of what else might be possible.

Teachers leave ready to bring Youth Voices—the platform, the community of teachers, and the curriculum—with them into their classes in the Fall.

On Monday or Tuesday, this week, we need you to sit down with 5-10 of the students in your school who you think would benefit most from this program (which is free and includes breakfast and a transportation pass). Help them to complete the relatively simple application for students, available at http://nycwritingproject.org and here: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/3Fh9e1tIu413xj874mpi1g76y

AND we are looking for six amazing NYCWP teachers who are ready to find the answers to their questions about their curriculum in Youth Voices. Perhaps that’s you or a teacher down the hall. Teachers will receive either a $600 stipend or three tuition-waived credits in Education. Applications for teachers is also linked at http://nycwritingproject.org and here: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/epddt70xLcDhAGyI4X043gbfb

We are in our final week of recruitment. Don’t let this opportunity pass for your students or your colleagues.

Please help us find 20 amazing high school students and six dynamic NYCWP teachers for the 2014 Summer Youth Voices Program.

Fliers are attached or available here:

For Students: http://youthvoices.net/sites/default/files/files/4433/jun/yv_summer_2014_students_flier.pdf

For Teachers: http://youthvoices.net/sites/default/files/files/4433/jun/yv_summer_2014_teachers_flier.pdf

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Jun 03 2014

Join us on TTT for a conversation about Establishing the Value of Badges for Earners with Nate Otto and Stacy Kruse - June 4 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

We would love it if you would be able to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtalk.com/ttt this Wednesday, June 4th at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

When I read Christine Chow and +Nate Otto ”Case Study: Establishing the Value of Badges for Earners” recently, I wanted to talk about the issues they raise in four pithy pages. http://dpdproject.info/details/case-study-establishing-the-value-of-badges-for-earners/

As a fellow traveler on the open badges train, I’m looking forward to this conversation about the challenges that Nate and Christine identify in this Case Study.

Stacy Kruse, director of serious games & education, Pragmatic Solutions will also be with us to describe her experiences and others, perhaps YOU!

With passion, Nate writes:

I am envisioning 2014 as a year when we take our public conversations around badges to the next level. I think we can go beyond introducing the world to what badges are and what they might be able to do in the future to having conversations around the real challenges confronted by ecosystem stakeholders and their latest thinking on how to overcome them. I think this means hosting targeted conversations where we who have been deeply involved with badge projects can dig deep into a specific facet of what badging means in our various contexts.

This should be good! Please plan to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wednesday, June 4th at 9PM ET/6PM PT athttp://edtechtalk.com/ttt

May 27 2014

An ideation on connecting on TTT - Wed 5.28 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

We’re looking for a casual, almost summer, reflective conversation on this week’s Teachers Teaching Teachers.

Join us on TTT’s “connecting” ideation Wed 5.28 9PM ET/6PM PT edtechtalk.com/ttt +monika hardy  will talk about her explorations into making connections between people and curiosities, which is leading her here:  redefineschool.com/curiosume/ See more here: http://redefineschool.com/curecity/

Also +Paul Allison will be joined by other members of a team that worked together at a recent Education DesignShop at MIT where we began developing the idea of “matchMAKE” a tool/app/website that would help teachers and makers find each other. See more here: https://plus.google.com/113993022447291199374/posts/1ULJs8ffpSC

+Chris Sloan and +Johanna Paraiso will be there too just to keep our connections wonderful.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 28 at 9PM ET/6PM PT at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

May 20 2014

What are we to make of Assignment Banks like the one at ds106? Can they lead to more self-directed learning for adults and students? TTT - Wed. 5.21 9PM ET/6PM PT

WOW!@cogdog @kfasimpaur @Seecantrill @chadsansing @tellio edtechtalk.com/ttt 5.21 9PM ET/6PM PT RE: make/assign’t banks/galleries #NWP 

Wednesday, May 21 on Teachers Teaching Teachers — 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern — we will be talking about Make/Assignment Banks/repositories/Galleries with  +Alan Levine leader and teacher of the open digital storytelling class, ds106 http://ds106.us/. We’ll use the ds106 Assignment Bank as a case study to ask some provocative questions that have been bouncing recently.

See +Karen Fasimpaur's  ”The Make Bank: Self-directed professional learning and user-generated content” - See more at: http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/5853

Karen will be joining the conversation along with +Christina Cantrill (https://webmaker.org/en-US/search?type=user&q=ccantrill) ,+Chad Sansing  (https://webmaker.org/en-US/search?type=user&q=chadsansing), and +TERRY ELLIOTT.

Imagine having questions about collections of “missions,” as we call them on Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/missions, and being able to ask this list of people to come to your house to talk about them!

You are — of course — invited too! Please plan to join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt where our conversation will be webcast at 9PM ET/6PM PT. You can listen and join the chat there, and — if so inspired — there will be room for you to join us in the Hangout as well.

What are your thoughts about how Assignment/Make/Mission Banks/Galleries get created and used?

We want to define these repositories broadly as we explore their potential to re-define self-directed learning for both adults and students.

Here’s my brainstorm of such resources.  Please add your favorites as well:

http://assignments.ds106.us/
http://youthvoices.net/missions
http://blog.nwp.org/clmooc/makes/search-makes/
https://webmaker.org/en-US/gallery
https://diy.org/featured
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/student-opinion/
http://blogs.kqed.org/education/category/do-now/

And here are a few more questions that have been bouncing here and there:

What are and the connections between missions/assignments/makes to #clmooc other collaborative MOOCS or MOOCS in general?

How do we guide students and teachers to use and contribute to these repositories? How is it different for different ages?

Each are attached to important learning communities/ecologies. What happens when we use them outside of these experiences?

What’s the difference between a make and an assignment?

See you at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Wednesday, May 21.

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