PLAY: Participatory Learning And You!


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  • The Summer Sandbox Professional Development invites LAUSD educators grades 6-12 to explore participatory learning techniques in a collaborative, exploratory setting. Teachers will work together to embed the new media literacies into their curriculum, and design participatory learning experiences
  • All you have to do is drag and drop the media you want onto the working canvas to share your creative learning ideas and challenges.  The web is at your fingertips – you can incorporate all your favorite media streams – copy, graphics, photography, youtube, flickr and twitter -- to help tell your story.
  • …and whether you share it internally with say, just your classroom or with the public to connect to the learning ecosystem, other learners can view and weigh in on what you have to say.
  • …and if a viewer feels inspired, they have this cool REMIX tool to build upon your theme or concept. For instance, check out this REMIX.  The yellow and pink boxes are empty (click) allowing you to change out the content.  And the viewer removes the original video and links to add different ones (click). This is where the exchange of creative ideas happens. Now that its published, it connects to the original canvas.  You see all the blue boxes (click), all the other iterations that have happened within this idea are found in one place.
  • On the home page of your network’s PLAYground, a thumbnail represents each canvas. The larger the thumbnail, the more participation within that idea. Not only does the visual home represent which content is getting the most traction but (click) each line is a recommendation pointing you in the direction of similar interests.
    Similar interests is not just based on the tags related to the content of the canvas, but the engine is also taking into account how you like to participate when offering these recommendations.
  • how social networks offer new opportunities to expand the structural, curricular, and geographical boundaries of school-based practices and promote connected learning,
  • PLAY: Participatory Learning And You!

    1. 1. Participatory Learning and You! Erin Reilly Creative / Research Director USC Annenberg Innovation Lab @ebreilly
    2. 2. Participatory Learning and You! "the capacity to experiment with one's surroundings as a form of problem solving.”
    3. 3. Participatory Learning and You! Participatory Learning Opportunities for exercising creativity by using a variety of media, tools, and practices Co-learning, where educators and students pool their skills and knowledge, and share in the tasks of teaching and learning Heightened motivation and new forms of engagement through meaningful play and experimentation Learning that feels relevant to the learners’ identities and interests An integrated learning system - or learning ecosystem - where connections between home, school, community, and world are enabled and encouraged.
    4. 4. 5 Digital Canvas to Ideate WITH TEMPLATES!
    5. 5. 6 View Stories
    6. 6. 7 SOLUTION Build upon other’s Ideas with Remix
    7. 7. How can the PLAYground be embedded into learning? •A network of networks – context matters •Transparency while still respecting privacy •Mentoring Matters --Assessment of participation as well as expertise both as a network and an individual •Co-Learning …everyone can share their knowledge and build upon each other -- REMIX •Collections of challenges by themes or a multi-linear paths.
    8. 8. PLAYground Social Learning Tests The Hunger Games Digital Media and Learning Collection
    9. 9. NEWFORMSOFMEASUREMENT Identify People and Ideas, Connect Networks with Participation Metrics
    10. 10. Participatory Learning and You! Coming Soon …Discovering PLAY!
    11. 11. Participatory Learning and You! Co-Learning
    12. 12. Participatory Learning and You! Practices & Beliefs From one of our teachers… Professional development should not be painful, nor should it feel like a waste of time to its participants. Just as teachers have been encouraged to move away from the “banking method” of teaching, facilitators of professional development should also move towards a more engaging, participatory model. Successful models of professional development invite teachers to be active co-creators of relevant and creative learning experiences. Administrators and developers of professional development should aim to create meaningful, long-term opportunities for teachers to share resources and support one another.
    13. 13. Creators of New Knowledge Join the private beta – email Erin at