If you take nothing else away from this presentation,
please know that …
• Connected Learning is possible in public schools.
• There’s a growing recognition, especially in Massachusetts that schools need to
modernize to make learning more relevant experiences in school districts.
• While the “why” is understood, the “how” can be challenging for both teacher leaders
& district leaders.
• Teachers need opportunities for connected learning as much as the students.
• Every school needs community partners. Sometimes they hard to come by. It takes
effort and outreach from both the community & the schools to make connected
learning possible in schools.
• I’m interested in learning what YOU do in your classrooms/schools/districts.
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Our Connected Learning Stories
An Entrepreneurial Approach Connected Learning
Connected Clean Energy:
A Community Approach to Clean Energy
Students Launch a High Altitude Balloon and Payload Experiments
Stop Part II:
What’s been your biggest tech EPIC fail?
Connecting Students & Families Through Maker Mondays
Connecting the District Through the Marshmallow Challenge
Connected Civics: Raising Awareness Through PSAs & Action
Connecting Grade-Levels Through Hummingbird Robotics
Connecting the Community Through 21st Century Learning
Connecting Educators Through The Inspired Learning Project
Getting to the “HOW” of Connected & Inspired Learning
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Remaining Barriers to Connected Learning
• School Schedules: hard to align the sustained project with
working professionals due to rotating class blocks.
• Timing: A community member’s offer to help may not link up with
any existing or current work. Schools need databases.
• Student Schedules: Students already have numerous after-school
& weekend commitments.
• Game Change: shift in learning design may be unfamiliar to both
teachers & students, especially those who have mastered the
game of school.
• Inequitable Resources: We’re fortunate to have a solid wireless
infrastructure and abundances of devices. This is not the case for
all public school districts.