Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a collection published by the Digital Media + Learning Research Hub, is now available as a free downloadable PDF. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning exemplified in classroom practice through the curation of pieces from the National Writing Project’s Digital Is site. It will soon be available in ebook format.
Below is an excerpt from the Foreword by Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University, Bloomington:
[The collection] is not a how-to guide or a set of discrete tools, but a journey to rethink, iterate, and assess how we can make education more relevant to today’s youth. The chapters in this volume represent a bold re-envisioning of what education can look like, as well as illustrate what it means to open the doors to youth culture and the promise that this work holds.
In making examples of in-school connected learning practices more visible across a range of contexts, Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom inspires and supports conversation about the possibilities inherent in interest-driven, production-centered, and peer-mediated teaching and learning. This collection acknowledges the emergent nature of this work and in doing so, invites inquiry, exploration, and storytelling into the ways teachers are working and why.
Educator Innovator will host a webinar with the editors of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom on March 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. PDT/5:30 p.m. EDT. In addition, the National Writing Project is hosting a cafe table at the Digital Media and Learning Conference on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. EST for anyone who is there and wants to learn more.
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is edited by Antero Garcia along with Christina Cantrill, Danielle Filipiak, Bud Hunt, Clifford Lee, Nicole Mirra, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, and Kylie Peppler, and features pieces written by National Writing Project educators from across the U.S.