This week, please return to the ebook Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom in order to focus this time on Danielle Filipiak’s Chapter on “Shared Purpose” (starts page 87). She frames the three vignettes in this chapter with the idea of resistance, resilience and relationships. Use these ideas of shared purpose to continue digging into your inquiry and making this week.
Our guest this week, educational blogger, author and activist José Vilson, is another source of thinking for us around shared purpose. In his most recent blog post he writes “It’s pedagogy over everything. How do we have better conversations on what works?” José is also a blogger at Edutopia.
Here are a few additional resources that I think link to opportunities where students and/or educators are engaged around shared purpose:
- Oakland-based educator Young Whan Choi writes about Why Civic Engagement Matters;
- Youth connect around current issues via social media: Watch KQED In the Classroom: Burton High School’s Do Now with Twitter;
- New York City Writing Project educator Paul Allison shares how youth and adults are learning alongside each other about interest-based learning at Youth Voices;
- Paul also just curated the newest collection at Digital Is called Teaching in a Movement for Justice;
- What resources would you add to this list? Post them in our G+ Community!
The week ahead:
Wednesday: We will gather via Google Hangout from 8-9pm ET and José Vilson will be our guest.
Our make this week: Create a “Meme with a Message”:
- During last summer’s CLMOOC a bunch of educators dove into the topics of memes;
- Kevin Hodgson started to write about When the Meme Turns Serious … this inspired Beth O’Connor to create I Am So Much More meme above;
- KQED has created a resource about how to create a funny meme about issues that matter for their Do Now Initiative (looks like they used Imgur meme generator btw);
- If you want to try your hand at coding, here is a Webmaker Meme Maker (and similar template, this time with a squirrel);
- Look! You can make a meme directly in G+ apparently! Who knew?
- Finally just remember — you should always know your meme when playing with memes!
Blogging prompt idea: What are you most passionate about when it comes to connected learning and inquiry? What really matters to you? What is your inquiry?
*If you are still looking for your inquiry, I encourage you to go back at your 10 self/10 world questions and do some related free-writing around a question you have there to help yourself clarify and/or deepen your focus. Youth Voices is again a resource as they have a mission around this you use/remix called Freewriting, focused sentences, and generative themes: Finding your niche.
Seek and Search on Saturday or Sunday: Seek 6/7 things that support and/or help you deepen your inquiry.
In learning and connecting solidarity,