It’s peer-supported learning time. And we’ve been peer-learning all along … so you might be thinking, what else is there to say about it?! Take this week and try to dig further into this question … what does peer-based learning have to do with learning in schools? Outside of schools? And what are the implications for equity?
Once again, I encourage you to go back again to Garcia, et al. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom to think about peer-supported learning with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, Katie McKay, Lacy Manship, and their awesome students (starting on page 25).
This is also a helpful webinar discussion about peer learning called Connecting to Something Bigger: The Power of Open, Peer-to-Peer Learning that brings in a few people you met already from the NWP as well as some potential new folks and organizations like Kristen Swanson of EdCamp and Mimi Ito of the Connected Learning Alliance.
Mimi Ito’s research, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (often referred to as HOMAGO) is referenced in the video above and underscores some of the critical elements of peer-based learning.
I was also looking for some stories by youth themselves about how peer-based ways of learning, connected to larger networks and opportunities, supported their goals and interests. Here are three I found at the CLTV website; can you find others?
- Caroline Combemale: An Engaged Teen Teaching Others
- Charles Raben: Taking Control of His Own Learning to Pursue Social Change
- Asha Richardson: Employing a Self-Directed Learning Model Where Passions, Activities, and Career Aspirations Converge
And since portfolios came up last week take a look at the hot-off-the-press research briefs published by the Maker Education Open Portfolio Project. I thought you might, in particular, be interested in:
This week ahead →
Wednesday: We will be gathering again at 8pm ET on Wednesday. And, as I mentioned, I am welcoming connections with Diane Waff’s class at the University of Pennsylvania — they are interested in learning more about connected learning and so, in a peer-based way, I am inviting them to join our gathering on Wednesday.
Our make(s) this week: This week I encourage you to curate … something for your peers. Not just for museums anymore, curation has become a way of working and organizing work online where resources are abundant and supporting others in seeing/understanding your pathway along the way or the nodes you connect with, can be a powerful way of creating and sharing knowledge online.
Read Curation: Creatively Filtering Content by Sue Waters for more.
I’d encourage you to curate looking forward or looking backward … or a combo of the two. Looking forward, for example, you might want to curate together some things you think you might useful in thinking about connected learning beyond ED677 and share with us your reflections on why. On the other hand you might find it’s more helpful to you to look backward again and curate some of the things you’ve been thinking about along the way here at ED677 and connecting that explicitly to your inquiry.
Instead of Finding/Seeking: I would argue that our weekly #F5F and #S6S are actually curations that we’ve been doing all along, without calling them that. So this week, since we are already doing curations, I’m going to switch this up … this week I encourage you to apply for each others badges at P2PU!
Badges do require that you gather up some evidence of why you should receive this badge so use this time you normally would find or seek to experiment with doing this instead. Also, if you made a badge, please also post a link to it in the Arcadia Connected Learning Network Community on G+ so we all know where to look.
And if you don’t find a badge you want to apply for, make one!
This week’s tech tip →
Many many tools can be used to curated, from the blogs you already have, to twitter, to screencasts on YouTube, etc. Here are a few more that are specifically meant to support online content curation that I noticed have been reviewed by educators at Graphite:
In connected learning solidarity,