Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reimagining Learning

I'm developing ideas for a proposal to the dmlcompetition on 21st century learning labs. http://dmlcompetition.net/learning_labs.php is very much in progress, but I thought I'd share ...


Summary:
We propose to create learning environment which integrates the strengths of the Internet - limitless information, and strategic access to experts, with the strengths of a local teaching staff - personal interaction, encouragement, social pressure, ...

Concept:
small staff of facilitators (not subject matter experts).
online subject matter experts focus on digital technologies which can be done online and where there is a clear path to online income opportunities to individuals who demonstrate mastery.
leverage internet video, wikis, message boards, search, etc.
agile development (work in pairs)
online portfolio development
contribute to the internet
public awards for people who achieve milestones / accomplishments

Target Students:
English speaking with some computer exposure.

Desired Outcome for Students:
responsible citizens of the Internet cognizant of the 'netiquette' surrounding online human interactions
respectable online profile of accomplishments
demonstrated ability to earn money online
significant real world friendships with peers and mentors

Methodology:
projects at increasing levels of complexity which contribute to the internet.
merit badge system for achievement at different levels
local award ceremony to recognize attainment of new badges
online subject matter expert mentors work with teams to develop milestones and answer technical questions
local facilitators push students to keep to the milestones and help with personal issues.
students primarily work in small teams.

Subjects:
VIDEO
AUDIO
WEBSITES
DESIGN
WRITING
ADVOCACY / ONLINE MARKETING
PROGRAMMING
FINANCE
PLANNING
E-LEARNING

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