Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement

Student Agency, Voice, and the Maker Movement: Led by Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project with support from the MacArthur Foundation/Connected Learning Alliance

Powerful learning occurs when youth, driven by their own interests, are supported in being creators and not just consumers of knowledge. In this theme, we focus on how we can create opportunities for all youth to be agents in their own learning. We will draw inspiration from the “Maker Movement” as well as use Connected Learning principles to support the sharing of ideas and strategies related to this notion of youth agency throughout October and beyond.

You can view the entire list of events around Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement on the Connected Educator Month calendar or check out the featured events and resources below.

Kickoff Event: Making Space and Time for Student Agency and Voice – An Educator Innovator Webinar

WebinarWednesday, October 1 • 7-8:00pm EDT (4-5pm PDT): Powerful learning occurs when youth, driven by their own interests, are supported in being creators and not just consumers of knowledge. In celebration of October’s Connected Educator Month, we kick things off with a focus on how we can create opportunities, space, and time for all youth to be agents in their own learning. We will draw inspiration from the “Maker Movement” as well as use Connected Learning principles to support the sharing of ideas and strategies related to this notion of youth agency throughout October and beyond.

Webinar participants will include:

  • Laura Bradley, Bay Area Writing Project teacher-consultant and middle school teacher involved with NaNoWriMo
  • Kim Douillard, San Diego Area Writing Project director and elementary teacher
  • Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project executive director
  • Paul Oh, National Writing Project senior associate
  • Jo Paraiso, Oakland high school teacher also involved at Youthvoices.net

We hope that some additional special guests can be with us too, including you. Join us! Learn more about this event here.

Edcamp Goes Online

edcampOctober 25, 2014 – Edcamp Online is back! Join us on October 25, 2014 for the 2nd annual #EdcampOnline. We’ve learned, we’ve grown, and the amazing team at MIT Media Lab is at the ready to help us learn and share virtually.

It’s a great way to end Connected Educator Month. Get your ticket now!

Edcamp Writenow (Texas)

edcamp writenowOctober 18, 2014, North Texas Area, Lewisville HS – Edcamp is an “unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.” Edcamp derives its values and quality from the key principles of #connectedlearning and intends to attract as many “educator innovators” as possible into one place.

The North Star of Texas Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project, hopes to provide educators, districts, and stakeholders with solutions for teaching today’s writers. We are passionate about how writing can change the individual from the inside out, by providing opportunities, experiences, and skills development that help generate patterns of behavior and change to impact a student’s. and educator’s, writing journey. Our main tenets, or “points of our star,” include modeling, authenticity, empathy, dialogue, inquiry, revisioning. and deep content learning. All of these values incorporate into one overarching commitment: building a community of writers. We are committed to the Edcamp mission of helping provide a unique unconference experience with a focus on anything related to writing, and the teaching or learning of it. This may include digital or print, making or journaling. We are open to whatever you want to bring to our Edcamp – WriteNow!

Student Agency, Voice, and the Maker Movement Resources

Educator Innovator: Educator Innovator provides an online “meet-up” for educators who are re-imagining learning. Educator Innovator is both a blog and a growing community of educators, partners and supporters. If we want to educate a generation of young people to be innovators — to create, build, design, and use their talents to improve their world — we need to value the creative capacity in the mentors and teachers who support them. Educator Innovator and its partners support learning opportunities for teachers, youth workers, mentors, librarians, and museum educators that are open, re-mixable, and typically free or low-cost — and share the goal of more powerful and connected learning for youth. Sign up now and follow us @Innovates_ed

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom ebookTeaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a new collection published by the Digital Media + Learning Research Hub, was edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout classroom work and practices. This is ebook is FREE for download or available for .99 on Kindle.

NWP Digital Is: The NWP Digital Is website is an emerging and open knowledge base created and curated by its community of members. We gather resources, collections, reflections, inquiries, and stories about what it means to learn and teach writing in our increasingly digital and interconnected world. With a particular focus on digital literacy and Connected Learning, NWP Digital Is invites all educators (in/out of school, across all levels and disciplines, modes and modalities!) to join and share work, reflections and practices.We invite you to participate.

More great resources:

Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design

Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design

Released October 3rd, a new four book series published by MIT Press.

In an era of increasing interconnectedness, knowledge — and power — belongs to those who understand the nature of the interdependent systems that organize the world — and have the skills to change those systems. The books in the Interconnections collection offer K-12 educators a curriculum toolkit for supporting systems thinking with a design-based approach to learning that aligns with current literacy, technology, and science standards and is relevant to youth interests in digital culture.

Each book teaches systems thinking concepts and skills in the context of a specific digital media platform and includes an average of six design challenges or learning projects. This innovative, design-based approach is useful for both in- and out-of-school settings, and was developed collaboratively by designers and educators from Indiana University’s Creativity Labs, Institute of Play, the Digital Youth Network, and the National Writing Project. ->MORE http://digitalis.nwp.org/gnl

Join us at NWP Radio on October 23rd to hear more about this series and its design as well as consider with us the possibilities.

Write My Community: The 2014 National Day on Writing

The National Writing Project, NCTE, and The New York Times Learning Network invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper.

This year we encourage you to focus your writing on your community in any way you see fit. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #writemycommunity. ->MORE

 

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