A list of topics from our Hangout:
EDCamps –> How do we start them? How do we share the concept with others? How do we find the leaders to get things going? What are good venues to host them?
Educational Tech –> How do adapt ed tech to use creative learning models. It was suggested that kids play a role in determining what the content of the class would be (interest level). Another person suggested then to, later on, have the kids reflect and evaluate the choices they made; suggest improvements, with emergent ideas with value carrying over to next session.
Scratch is great, but why? –> Discussed recent adoptions of Scratch by teachers. One teacher from Mumbai noted that the teacher was learning how to use it at the same time as the students; Some students appreciate that. The most engaged worked on projects at home to share back at school. We also observed that "Scratch" like models are now growing in popularity. Behavior Driven Development and other forms of "non-traditional" ways to program a computer. It is cool to make a game visually; with behavior blocks versus using an old language and taking a week.
Resistance to New Ideas –> A healthcare professional shared an interest in Peer to Peer learning in Adults. But he noticed that many are, "set in their ways" or not open to new ideas or models. I experienced this with our towns first Entrepreneurship Unconference. Nobody in my town knew what the words meant: unconference, barcamp, etc. If they think it is just one company or organizations idea, they are very skeptical. If however, you demonstrate that these are just words to describe a much wider movement of self-organization and self-assembly; pointing to the 1,000 of other communities that use them. Then the old attitudes shift and enlightenment occurs.
The take away could be: demonstrate, don't persuade.
List of links and ideas shared:
The hero's journey (or monomyth) is a universal story structure explored by anthropologists and mythologists such as Otto Rank and Joseph Campbell.
Example of Scratch like learning
"DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges."
Thanks to all of those participating in unHangout room #1