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A summer of connected learning

June 10, 2013

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Connected Learning is an approach that seeks to prepare students for a world where higher-order skills are in demand and learning never stops. It is interest-powered, socially networked and peer-supported. Connected learning is also production-centered, asserting that we need to provide learners with tools and opportunities to actively design, produce, decode, experiment, remix, circulate, curate, and comment.

The Summer of Making
puts connected learning into practice, organizing events, projects and programs that help learners connect learning to their interests. The activities – which will take place in schools, communities, and homes – will also enable teachers to learn from and connect with innovative peers. The campaign engages people in creating things — on the web, with hardware, and on paper. It brings together the worlds of DIY (do it yourself), making, writing, and learning in order to build interest in connected learning.

One exciting example is the Chicago Summer of Learning, which was funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The video below tells it all.

If you’d like a taste of the Summer of Making, consider signing up for a MOOC called Making Learning Connected. Participants will design and engage in “makes” that tap into their interests and then share what they’ve done. You can participate fully or just dip your toe in.

Note: I tip my hat to Laurie McGowan, who finally succeeded in getting me excited about connected learning.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2013 8:46 am

    LOL! Thanks for the nod, Chris. See you in the MOOC!


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