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Personal Learning and Creation Time in Middle School
"Children are often unfamiliar with the concept of selecting and pursuing a topic or project of their choice that has very few rules or bounds associated with it. As a result, they are often at a loss as to how to proceed. They can have difficulty with the concept of doing something at school that is not for a "grade."

This Instructable provides a framework for implementing personal learning and project time in a middle school setting, although it could easily be adapted for use at any grade level.

By participating in personal learning and creation time, learners will gain first hand knowledge and experience in bringing an original idea from concept to final product, which will serve them well for the rest of their lives."
google20%  via:rushtheiceberg  openstudio  tcsnmy  cv  howwelearn  learning  unstucturedtime  plp  grades  grading  freedom  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  2012 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Creativity Is Hustle: Make Something Every Day - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - Video - The Atlantic
"I think doing something start to finish each day not only helps you get over the fear of starting a project, but also the fear of finishing one. I know it can be hard to let stuff go when you know you could make it better, but at some point in every project, at some level you need to be like, "fine, good enough." That's really hard for some people, but this can definitely help.

I've think a project like this also helps with the notion that you need to be in some totally inspired state of zen to create art. Art is like taking a dump, it's not always fun or convenient but it's something you gotta do everyday and you shouldn't get to hung up if the product looks like pile of crap. Yer not gonna make a masterpiece everyday or even 95% of the time, but it's a numbers game and the you've got to get rid of all those crappy ideas before you can get to the good ones. Just showing up is 90% of the battle."
faketv  mikewinkelman  glvo  making  doing  howwework  ideas  creativity  cv  projects  plp  focus  2011  kasiacieplak-mayrvonbaldegg  interviews  animation  art 
october 2011 by robertogreco
Let Kids Rule the School - NYTimes.com
"Schools everywhere could initiate an Independent Project. All it takes are serious, committed students and a supportive faculty. These projects might not be exactly alike: students might apportion their time differently, or add another discipline to the mix. But if the Independent Project students are any indication, participants will end up more accomplished, more engaged and more knowledgeable than they would have been taking regular courses.

We have tried making the school day longer and blanketing students with standardized tests. But perhaps children don’t need another reform imposed on them. Instead, they need to be the authors of their own education."

[See also: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/independence-day-developing-self-directed-learning-projects/ AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTmH1wS2NJY ]
education  innovation  change  tcsnmy  lcproject  democratic  schools  unschooling  deschooling  howwework  choice  collaboration  curriculum  emergentcurriculum  studentdirected  cv  democraticschools  freeschools  independentproject  plp  inquiry-basedlearning  learning  freedom  independence  responsibility  theindependentproject  self-directed  self-directedlearning  autodidacts  autodidactism  student-led  autodidacticism 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Zach Klein's Blog - Special Request
"I collect hand drawn maps. I’m proposing that you send me a hand drawn map to a place that is special to you. In exchange I will send a map of my own, to a place that I love, back to you.

Please send your map as well as a stamped self-addressed envelope (so I can mail you back) to:

Zach Klein
81 E 2nd Street #2R
New York, NY 10003

Thanks ahead!!"
classideas  handdrawn  maps  mapping  exchanges  sharing  trading  zachklein  collections  plp 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Raising the bar for things that matter « Re-educate
"[PSCS] graduation requirements. Every senior needs to write a credo, which is a statement of belief about what matters to you...needs to complete a senior project, which is an ambitious undertaking that advances a personal passion & demonstrates the ability to set a goal & achieve it over time...must meet certain standards of community involvement & uphold school’s core commitments: engage the community, practice integrity, act with courage."
pscs  tcsnmy  identity  belief  education  policy  simplicity  stevemiranda  plp  passion  learning  curriculum  unschooling  deschooling  schools  standards  community  goals  self-directedlearning  pugetsoundcommunityschool 
june 2010 by robertogreco
TEDxNYed: This is bullshit « BuzzMachine [video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTOLkm5hNNU]
"lecturing [is] bullshit...remind of us of? classroom...entire structure of ed system built for industrial age...old media: 1-way, 1-size-fits-all...we must question this very form...enable students to question [it]...lecture does have place...But not be-all-end-all of ed...Do what you do best & link to rest...we need to move students up edu chain. They don’t always know what they need to know, but why don’t we start by finding out?...test to find out what they don’t know [not what they have learned]. Their wrong answers aren’t failures, they're needs & opportunities...must stop culture of standardized testing & teaching...stop looking at ed as product...turn out every student giving same answer – to process...every student looks for new answers...every school [should] copy Google’s 20%...encouraging & enabling creation & experimentation...Rather than showing diplomas...show portfolios...far better expression of thinking & capability?...school becomes not factory but incubator."
lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  learning  schools  schooling  jeffjarvis  teaching  lectures  tedxnyed  unconferences  criticalthinking  plp  tcsnmy  google20%  openstudio 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Personal projects are often worth more than professional ones. What's stopping you? - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education
"It's all too easy to relegate our personal projects to the bottom of the pile until "the day job" is complete. The result? We nearly always end up having to leave creative, fun, new projects behind in the interest of ticking someone else's boxes, when those same personal projects could be the very innovation that make the difference. Ji Lee was fed up with his life as an ad exec when he decided to engage the public in parodying that very same world, printing out 50,000 speech bubble stickers and placing them over ads around New York City. Over time, the public took the lead in inventing political or comical speech to make the parody. The ultimate parody in this project is, of course, that ad agencies used them to further promote their products. He spins a good yarn in his 99% video. A personal project that took Ji Lee's name to the world and helped him find a seat as Director of Google's Creative Labs."

[video: http://www.vimeo.com/8596045 ]

[related: http://gelconference.com/videos/2006/ji_lee/ ]
learning  plp  tcsnmy  creativity  fulfillment  time  work  lcproject  glvo  play  fun  jilee  boingboing  viral  graffiti  streetart  humor  advertising  ewanmcintosh  joy 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Lesson from a hockey player « Re-educate
"Lectures are great, class discussions are great, group projects are great. But in the schools of the future, we have to allow students time in the day that is not structured. It’s in those moments when genius is allowed to emerge."
unstructuredtime  education  tcsnmy  learning  change  plp  time  unschooling  deschooling  self-directedlearning  self-directed  lcproject 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out - The MIT Press
"Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youth's social and recreational use of digital media. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out fills this gap, reporting on an ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. By focusing on media practices in the everyday contexts of family and peer interaction, the book views the relationship of youth and new media not simply in terms of technology trends but situated within the broader structural conditions of childhood and the negotiations with adults that frame the experience of youth in the United States."
mimiito  danahboyd  research  learning  internet  plp  technology  teens  youth  us  identity  socialmedia  digitalmedia  books  homago  hangingoutmessingaroundgeekingout 
november 2009 by robertogreco
MIT's Independent Activities Period: IAP 2010
"For close to four decades, IAP has provided members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests.
plp  mit  iap  education  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Scope (Schulze & Webb) [Slide 43 is his "100 hours challenge"]
"Design, culture, scale, space, superpowers. Key concepts: design and contributing to culture; ourselves as individuals and the big picture; taking action." From slide 43: "put aside 100 hours over this summer...Now for the next two days, go to talks and start conversations with people you don’t know, and choose what to spend your 100 hours on. I guarantee that everyone in this room can produce something or has some special skill, and maybe they’re not even aware of it. Ask them what theirs is, find out, because you’ll get ideas about what to learn yourself, and decide what to spend your 100 hours on. Do that for me. Because when you contribute, when you participate in culture, when you’re no longer solving problems, but inventing culture itself, that is when life starts getting interesting."

[video here: http://video.reboot.dk/video/486775/matt-webb-scope ]
mattwebb  design  culture  glvo  cv  schulzeandwebb  superpowers  imagination  creativity  tcsnmy  make  do  diy  definitions  books  wholeearthcatalog  stewartbrand  brunomunari  macro  bigpicture  generalists  risk  macroscope  ideas  thinking  designthinking  jackschulze  change  gamechanging  invention  futurism  reinvention  perspective  johnthackara  iterative  victorpapanek  informallearning  learning  zefrank  cognitivesurplus  plp  berg  berglondon 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Comparing Six Ways to Identify Top Blogs in Any Niche - ReadWriteWeb
"How then can you identify the top blogs in a particular niche field? There are paid services you can use to identify influencers online but they are expensive and not appropriate for quick hits in a new topic. I'm all for paid services but in this case, let's talk about options that are fast and free. Given the need to classify a lot of content with minimal human intervention, this could be a great place for Semantic Web technology to come in."
tcsnmy  plp  niche  search  blogs  research  rss  del.icio.us  aggregator  readwriteweb  learning  howto 
september 2008 by robertogreco

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