Home Connie Yowell 5 videos on connected learning from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub [VIDEOS]

5 videos on connected learning from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub [VIDEOS]

Here are four very powerful videos from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub that are guaranteed to make you think hard about learning, teaching, and schooling. You can watch them all in less than half an hour. My quick notes from the videos are included underneath each one…
Engaged (7 minutes; Connie Yowell)

we are fundamentally starting with the wrong questions
we start with learning outcomes – and content defines everything – rather than “what is the experience we want kids to have?” 
our core question is around engagement; if you ask “is a kid engaged?”, you have to pay attention to and start with the kid
we have to make room for curiosity, we don’t have enough opportunities for kids to take things apart and wonder about them
little opportunities to fail and iterate are also opportunities to play with identity
we need opportunities to explore who we are in the world and how the world works, particularly as teenagers
we so decontextualize learning for kids, we’ve forgotten we have a passion for learning
in school they could care less, but in complex games kids demand that they learn how to do something so they can move on
as adults, we have to deeply connect content and students’ activity, otherwise learning has no meaning
Everyone (7 minutes; Mimi Ito)

we give responsibility for learning to professionals instead of remembering it’s the fabric that frames all of our interactions with everybody
connected learning networks force us to fundamentally rethink what we think is the problem and goal of education
it’s about expertise that’s widely distributed; anybody can help somebody else get better at something
if you have an educational system that always tell students what to do, you’re not building their capacity to make effective learning choices themselves
we used to have capacity bottlenecks for learning, so you had to go to school or a library – now we don’t have that problem but we still act as if we do
education isn’t bound to particular institutions anymore, it can happen anywhere
how does a kid find a mentor or peer that helps them develop their interest, make their interest relevant, find a sense of purpose, etc.
how do we use the capacity of the network to bring people together who want to learn together?
everybody can participate in a connected learning model
the great side benefit of interest-based, connected learning is that it fosters social connection and well-being: fulfillment, belonging, and purpose
Play (7 minutes; Katie Salen)

play creates for people a reason for them to want to engage
body and spirit are transformed by play
play is a state of being, a very different state of mind, openness to ideas and other people
not a closed, rules-bound place – the openness of the play space is extremely important
play is one of the most fundamental human experiences
play is a practice space, we play to get better at something, it helps us build confidence
kids are driven to want to share with you what they’re doing, what they’re making, what they’re learning
at school, we cordon off a time for play (recess) and then you’re not doing that anymore
when you get older, play becomes embedded in objects (video games), you can activate play when you pick up that object
when we’re young, play is the frame for how we experience the world
adult life becomes about a set of responsibilities rather than a way of engaging your soul in the world
Creative (5 minutes, Nichole Pinkard)

we’re just now getting to the place in America where we realize it needs to be different everywhere, not just in some places
we have to completely overhaul how we think learning happens, where it happens, and what people are capable of
technology transformations show us the world is going to be different
they are going to have to be more nimble and more proficient with technology to communicate and to learn, or they’ll be a new form of illiterate
we no longer live in a world where you can only write and read text and you will be successful
we have to teach these new literacies and then let kids be creative in how they express themselves with these literacies
schools always have been about ‘the right answer’
now we care more about how kids find information, think about information, communicate information
The DML Research Hub also has an 8-minute summary video, Essence, which includes some of the best pieces from each video above plus some new stuff.

there’s no longer a promised future for all kids
how do we create environments that delight learners at all ages?
open up the question of who contributes to learning
how do we help kids grow up to become curious, engaged citizens?
kids say over and over that schools are (merely) a node in their network of learning
we have an embarrassment of (information) riches but we still have to figure out how to bring those pieces together
learning principles need to start with the idea of connectedness 
Finally, be sure to check out the core values, learning principles, and design principles of connected learning:
Core values: equity, social connection, full participation
Learning principles: interest-powered, peer-supported, academically oriented
Design principles: production-centered, openly networked, shared purpose
See also the infographic below. There’s a lot here to digest. Thoughts?

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