My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.

http://www.ted.com/pages/prizewinner_sugata_mitra

This sounds like the new Montessori!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIHlyTTGg-o

So this is interesting - why do kids leave high school? What do they need to stay engaged? I  like the understanding here that there is no “they” there are only many different “I’s.” Each kid has different interests, loves, and points on engagement. People are unique. Kids are unique. Out of that difference comes the passion. And it is from with in the passion that we learn.  High-res

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIHlyTTGg-o

So this is interesting - why do kids leave high school? What do they need to stay engaged? I  like the understanding here that there is no “they” there are only many different “I’s.” Each kid has different interests, loves, and points on engagement. People are unique. Kids are unique. Out of that difference comes the passion. And it is from with in the passion that we learn. 

This is just so cool.  De-mystify how things like cities and government work to make them more accessible? Yes. Doing it with collaboration, creative projects, and community involvement? Yes yes yes, please.
Wondering what’s going on with that young woman and the pay phone?
This project set out to answer:
What’s the role of the government? These days, we constantly hear arguments about how big or small the government should be.  And with the concept of federalism popping up a lot in the US History Regents exam, Academy of Urban Planning teacher Jorge Sandoval asked CUP to create a curriculum that would make it less abstract. Mr. Sandoval, his 9th grade students, CUP, and CUP teaching artist Stephen Fiehn set out to experience what federalism looks like first-hand. 
Again, Yes. 
Check out the other amazing things that Center for Urban Pedagogy does. 
http://welcometocup.org/
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement. High-res

This is just so cool.  De-mystify how things like cities and government work to make them more accessible? Yes. Doing it with collaboration, creative projects, and community involvement? Yes yes yes, please.

Wondering what’s going on with that young woman and the pay phone?

This project set out to answer:

What’s the role of the government? These days, we constantly hear arguments about how big or small the government should be.  And with the concept of federalism popping up a lot in the US History Regents exam, Academy of Urban Planning teacher Jorge Sandoval asked CUP to create a curriculum that would make it less abstract. Mr. Sandoval, his 9th grade students, CUP, and CUP teaching artist Stephen Fiehn set out to experience what federalism looks like first-hand.

Again, Yes.

Check out the other amazing things that Center for Urban Pedagogy does.

http://welcometocup.org/


The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement.

Learning to E-Learn

OK - so I admit I am a espouser of a digital learning gospel that I don’t totally understand. That’s why this offering from Coursera seems so fantastic to me. Learning how to e-learn. I need this. And it seems like something that could be easily covered in a MOOC (see Beth’s previous post).

E-learning and Digital Cultures is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age.

Gates Foundation funds development of new suite of remedial Massive Open Online Courses

Admittedly, I get pretty worked about kids paying for classes in college for content they should have learned in K-12 and that don’t actually help them get their degree.  So I was pretty psyched to hear that the Gates Foundation announced over $3million in grants to explore using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to help get more kids college ready. To this end, Gates will be funding the development of 11 MOOCs focusing on remedial and foundational coursework. These MOOCs, assuming they are well designed, could fill a huge need by letting students fill the gaps in their preparedness before they sign a tuition check. Further, for students ahead in high school, this could be a good first step towards early college access. To sweeten the move, Gates is also awarding $250k to researchers to answer some essential questions about MOOC design and effectiveness. R&D anyone?

See part of the Foundation’s announcement below… -Beth

On November 13th 2012, the foundation awarded 12 grants, totaling more than $3 million, in new investments in MOOCs. These grants include:

  • $895,484 to the American Council on Education to test the viability of MOOCs for college transfer credit and to establish a Presidents Innovation Lab to explore new business models in higher education
  • $268,920 to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to explore the viability of a consortium of two- and four-year colleges to collaborate on digital courseware development and usage, including MOOCs
  • $1,440,900 to Ithaka S+R to monitor, assess, and document lessons learned from the implementations of a range of MOOCs and MOOC platforms in partnership with the University of Maryland System
  • $550,000 in total to the following institutions ($50,000 per MOOC) to develop introductory and remedial level MOOCs. These institutions are winners selected from a Request for Proposals released in September (technology platform partner noted in parentheses):
The foundation also announced a pool of approximately $250,000 in research funds on November 12th that will be allocated in the coming months. Among the questions that will be addressed are:
  • For which students, disciplines, types of knowledge, and contexts are MOOCs more/less effective?
  • Which components drive impact for non-self-directed learners and what additional supports need to be added online or face-to-face?
  • What data captured from MOOCs is most informative and how might such data be best used for the advancement of learning?

Beth (and Francesca): Thanks for sharing! Reading this reminded me of the work of Sugata Mitra, with his “Hole in the Wall” experiments in India. Check out his TED talk- http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html

Here, as in Kenya, in the absence of formal instruction, children’s natural curiosity, coupled with access to resources promotes learning. Opens up new opportunities for educators to re-think their roles, outside of the “traditional classroom.”

The Best in EduBlogs and EdTech - The Cliff Note Version

Ever feel as if you’re just a few steps (or a few hundred) behind when it comes to the digital and social media space? Are you just dying to learn more about MOOCs or Wikis or why Grid Jumper is even better than dark chocolate (no, really!).  Well, you’re in luck - for all of you efficiency gurus who just want to jump to the head of the class, I present: EduBlog’s Annual Awards where you can access all the industry leaders and rub elbows with the most influential thinkers and tweeters.  Yay for being a groupie! 

-Morgan

One thing I know is if you don’t feel well, you can not do well. What a cool and empowering program based in NYC, working with public schools and private sponsors and partners.

http://healthclass.org/

HealthClass2.0 (HC2.0) is a path-breaking public-school program empowering children and their communities to engage in new conversations about health, food and exercise, and to bring about transformation in their own lives and the world around them.

Getting into schools, leading an exhilarating workout, providing a healthy snack and facilitating discussion exploring the power of individual choice within a greater system: this is the core of HC2.0’s innovative approach to health education.
One thing I know is if you don’t feel well, you can not do well. What a cool and empowering program based in NYC, working with public schools and private sponsors and partners.

HealthClass2.0 (HC2.0) is a path-breaking public-school program empowering children and their communities to engage in new conversations about health, food and exercise, and to bring about transformation in their own lives and the world around them.

Getting into schools, leading an exhilarating workout, providing a healthy snack and facilitating discussion exploring the power of individual choice within a greater system: this is the core of HC2.0’s innovative approach to health education.

"Friends of…" Initiative: Imprint Projects Shares Global Curriculum Taught by Masters of their Craft.

Cool post sent in… example of creative partnerships between ed and industry.

Imprint Projects, a creative agency in NYC and LA conceived of and produced the "Friends of…"— a educational initiative for Levi’s and Intel that has been rolling out over the last two years to promote alternative education with the help of creative partners like Alice Waters, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, Vik Muniz and Santigold. With these partners, Levi’s creates a limited edition t-shirt series that promotes and supports the cause. Then, Intel’s new Ultrabook Experience website allows this “story” to unfold further by sharing the curriculum globally through videos and downloadable tools. 

A few examples…

  • Vik Muniz worked with Levi’s on a limited edition t-shirt collaboration that benefitted Vik’s favorite non-profit, Spectaculu Art and Technology School in Rio de Janeiro. Spectaculu is an afterschool program based in Rio de Janeiro that offers disadvantaged young people (ages 16-21) the chance to supplement their regular scholastic education with artistic, cultural and professional development. The program offers students from rival “favelas,” or gang territories, a neutral zone to use art as a medium for dialogue. At the core of Spectaculu’s programs are virtues shared by Levi’s and Intel: solidarity, ethics, inclusion, diversity and independence. 
  •  "Friends of MOCA" included actor Gael García Bernal, artist Xu Bing, artist Mariko Mori and musician Santigold. This diverse group of artists to create original artwork inspired by the educational mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ (MOCA): to bring contemporary art education to schools, families and young people worldwide.