Learning in Community


Happy Sunday!

As I mentioned in G+, this class has been hacked … and now you can choose to Seek 6 Saturday (#s6s) or Search 7 Sunday (#s7s). Hopefully this will give us all a bit more time and space for our explorations! Another request was that I send out the email earlier in the week — Sunday evening will be my goal.

Let me know what you think of these changes and if they are helpful.


In the week ahead, while always keeping equity and playful ways of working in mind, I’d like to focus on what it means to learn in community.

As you know my background is with the writing project which is a peer-based network educators based at local writing projects which themselves are networked “communities of practice.” Therefore, I have invited a third writing project colleague to join us this week – Christina Puntel from the Philadelphia Writing Project.

Christina is a Spanish teacher at the Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice and she brings with her a long history of working alongside other teachers and her students to look at and learn from the work that youth are producing. Christina writes about this work at a resource published at the NWP Digital Is website titled Looking with Heart: Celebrating the Human in the Digital.


Christina’s work is also featured in an upcoming book called Assessing Digital Writing: Looking at Student Work (forthcoming TCPress).

NWP’s Digital Is itself is a rich source of vignettes and stories shared by teachers in a larger community. There you can also find stories of learning in community, such as:

And then this article asks: What happens when students become the teachers, and teachers the learners? and links to youth-led webinars where they are taking the lead with the support of communities of mentors and educators.

The week ahead:

Wednesday: We will gather via Google Hangout from 8-9pm ET with Christina Puntel.

  • Please read Looking with Heart before our gathering. If you have time, the introduction from Assessing Digital Writing will provide additional background too.

Our make this week: Create a “how-to guide” this week! What is something you know “how-to” do that you can create a guide for to share with others?

Blogging prompt idea: Where do you learn in community? It what ways is learning supported in these communities? What does this mean for connected learning and equity?

Seek and Search on Saturday or Sunday: Seek 6/7 things you have learned from our community and other communities you are a part of.

Tech tips:

As seen on G+, here are some tips for being social via social media:

  • When you mention each others blogs or posts, link to them! This is really important because:
    • it tells your readers what you are talking about;
    • on some blogs, like WordPress, you get “pingbacks” if someone links directly to something you wrote in their blog post (therefore allowing you to “comment” via your own blog);
    • it is an informal, but important, way to attribute online;
    • it is what makes the Internet a web;
    • hyperlinks are a rhetorical devicehyperlinks are a rhetorical device … Note: we can see Eric using them, here, strategically.
  • When you post a blog post you should also cross post it to other communities you are a part of. In ED677 you should cross-post to our G+ Community as Jingru did with her post titled Play, and …
  • … you can tweet it out using the hashtag #clequity as @TeachBonnie did with her hack of Cinderella.
  • @TeachBonnie also stepped it up a twitter-notch by including #connectedlearning and #Cinderella in her tweet, connecting to others who use those same hastags (who knew so many others were also tweeting about Cinderella :).
  • If you mention someone in your blog post, and then tweet it out, including their @handle in your tweet! I did this with @inspiredminds15 and her x-ray goggles post and a conversation followed with @inspiredminds15 and @thornet who saw my post via #teachtheweb.
  • When I post this email at G+ I will also tag +Kathleen Walsh and +Helga Porter to show how tagging works via G+ too.


In learning and connecting solidarity,


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