New Learning Institute - NLIatWorkhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog-topics/nliatwork enBiodiversity Quest Program Launches in Chicagohttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/biodiversity-quest-program-launches-chicago <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C7TXPveT7xk/Ta9vKQuBwBI/AAAAAAAABQY/gZ3jf55B0do/s1600/P1040476.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C7TXPveT7xk/Ta9vKQuBwBI/AAAAAAAABQY/gZ3jf55B0do/s400/P1040476.JPG" alt="" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; cursor: hand; width: 400px; height: 300px;" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5597815083922210834" border="0" /></a></p><div> </div><div><em>Young visitors at a zoo run from exhibit to exhibit fascinated to see animals up close they've only seen in pictures or on TV. They pause to watch an animal for a minute or two and then are off to the next one. A placard or an encounter with a member of the zoo staff offers them some more information about the animals, but would it be possible to use mobile technology to help these young visitors learn even more by making connections between the exhibits they visit? </em></div><div> </div><div><a href="http://newlearninginstitute.org/">New Learning Institute</a> has partnered with several organizations to create the Biodiversity Quest program in Chicago to challenge young people to create mobile experiences, also known as quests, at <a href="http://www.lpzoo.org/">Lincoln Park Zoo</a>. Designed in collaboration with <a href="http://www.rootsandshoots.org/">Jane Goodall's Roots &amp; Shoots </a> and the <a href="http://www.arkive.org/">ARKive project</a>, these youth-designed quests will aim to educate other young visitors about endangered species, as well as show them how they can take action to help save the planet's threatened and endangered species.</div><div> </div><div>Biodiversity Quest is an eight-week afterschool program held at Bouchet Academy on the South Side of Chicago. Over the course of the workshops, sixth and seventh grade students from Bouchet will design the mobile quests to be played at Lincoln Park Zoo. The quests will each have a theme that leads other young visitors around the Zoo and helps them draw connections between exhibits. As an example, a group might design a quest that guides visitors to the exhibits of several species that share threatened status because of common threats to their habitats.</div><div> </div><div>NLI has worked closely with partners to design a program framework that provides an engaging, hands-on experience for the youth participants. Jane Goodall's Roots &amp; Shoots program helped structure the workshops with their <a href="http://www.rootsandshoots.org/aboutus/model">model</a> of moving young people from knowledge to compassion and into taking action, making a difference for people, animals, and the environment around them. The students in the Biodiversity Quest program begin by learning about biodiversity, conservation biology, and how species become threatened or endangered. They then connect their new awareness to their own interests by choosing species that they find most intriguing to use as the focus of their quests. Then the young participants take action by conducting research and including in their quest how a visitor to Lincoln Park Zoo could help the cause of a threatened or endangered species which may be found across the globe or as close as their own backyard.</div><div> </div><div><a href="http://www.arkive.org">ARKive</a> brings to the Biodiversity Quest a wealth of endangered species media, biological information and <a href="http://www.arkive.org/education/resources">educational resources</a>. This unique global initiative is leading the 'virtual' conservation effort by finding, sorting, cataloguing and digitizing threatened species multimedia into individual species profiles. ARKive.org is a user-friendly and searchable treasure trove of professional wildlife photos, videos, and biological information for over 12,000 threatened species (and still growing!). The participants in the Biodiversity Quest workshops will build their quests using ARKive biological information and will have access to over 80,000 stunning wildlife photos and videos from the ARKive website. Adding this rich media to the quests will allow the young designers to enhance the experience of zoo visitors.</div><div> </div><div>The Biodiversity Quest program launched in Chicago on March 22nd. Working in a collaborative environment, participants will engage in project-based learning that includes an authentic outcome : mobile quests that will be shared with other visitors at Lincoln Park Zoo. Over the next few months we will post Digital Dispatches describing the workshops and the progress the young participants are making on their quests. Check back for an update on their first two weeks soon!</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-2648119031854286599?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/technology_integration/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Integration</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_literacy/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Literacy</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/21st_century_skills/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">21st Century Skills</a></div></div></div>Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:15:00 +0000Nancy Chou122 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/biodiversity-quest-program-launches-chicago#commentsDigital Dispatch: Web Design at the Hirshhornhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-web-design-hirshhorn <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5498173468/" title="IMG_0607 by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5498173468_8dbf4fc747.jpg" alt="IMG_0607" width="500" height="333" /></a></p><div><em>Teen designers work together to build a larger than life website main page</em></div><div><br /><div>Can an artwork inspire a website? <a href="http://artlabplus.si.edu/">ARTLAB+</a> teen designers are developing websites inspired by the <a href="http://hirshhorn.si.edu/">Hirshhorn Museum</a> art collections. After exploring the collections, teens identified a concept they could expand into a personal website expressing these ideas. Here's what teen designer Diamond had to say about her website idea: "Because I love black and white photos, I was really attracted to some of the pieces without color in the Hirshhorn. I'm thinking the theme of my website will be black and white. In some ways black and white images can be more powerful than color ones, especially when it comes to portrait photography of people, or some mediums such as watercolor, ink, and polaroid photography."</div><br /><div>Last week, the teens set the stage for their websites by building wireframe prototypes. To get started, the teens spent some time experimenting with this on a large scale. Teens were challenged to to build the main page of a website on the "computer screen": a large taped off square on the floor. Teen designers worked together to determine what components a music website for teens would have. Aside from the typical web elements - banner and navigation sidebars - the teens came up with some features to catch their audience's attention, including an artist of the day and lyrics of the day feature. These features were written on large pieces of paper and arranged on the "computer screen."</div><br /><div><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5498172322/" title="IMG_0600 by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/5498172322_265d713477.jpg" alt="IMG_0600" width="333" height="500" /></a></div><div>Teen designers used this large-scale exercise as the jumping off point to start building wireframes for their own websites. Here is Nazirah's <a href="http://cacoo.com/">Cacoo</a> wireframe for her photography website.</div><div><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5498185868/" title="IMG_0644 by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5211/5498185868_de2e1f335a.jpg" alt="IMG_0644" width="500" height="333" /></a></div><div>Stay tuned for the teen designer's final work. In the meantime, check out the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/sets/72157626176893182/with/5498173468/">ARTLAB+ Web photo set</a>.</div><div> </div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-4020430890742677612?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div></div></div>Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:34:00 +0000Tiffany McGettigan127 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-web-design-hirshhorn#commentsDigital Dispatch: ARTLAB+ Video Program at the Hirshhorn Museumhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-artlab-video-program-hirshhorn-museum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5448503289/" title="artlab+videocollage1 by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5291/5448503289_2ced799960.jpg" alt="artlab+videocollage1" width="500" height="333" /></a></p><div> </div><p>The Smithsonian Institution <a href="http://hirshhorn.si.edu/">Hirshhorn Museum</a> kicked off their teen <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/11/design-studio-approach-mobile-learning.html">design studio programming</a> with the ARTLAB+ Video: City of Ruins workshop on January 24th. Ten teens are dedicated to being part of this teen design team. Their design challenge: to create a video series exhibition inspired by ruins in Washington, DC.</p><div><br /><div>Teens spent the first two weeks exploring the foundations of photography and videography through specific composition challenges.</div><br />Brianna took these two photos to illustrate how changing the camera angle can impact the way the subject is captured.</div><div> </div><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5448716859/" title="AnglesbyBrianna by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5299/5448716859_122e22c7dc.jpg" alt="AnglesbyBrianna" width="500" height="250" /></a></p><p> </p><div> </div><div>John took a first stab at camera moves, as shown in this short video. Don't miss his footage of Ardhy demonstrating "the truck."</div><div> </div><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19987210" width="400" frameborder="0" height="300"></iframe></p><div>Stay tuned for more digital dispatches as the teen designers form production teams, plan video concepts, shoot and edit their work, then work together to create a museum exhibit displaying their video series.</div><div> </div><div><em>To see more images of teens at work check out the ARTLAB+ Video </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/sets/72157625912112836/"><em>Flickr photo set</em></a><em>. </em></div><div><em>Learn more about other ARTLAB+ programming by following <a href="http://artlabplus.si.edu/">the ARTLAB+ blog</a>.</em></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-5675590304746765539?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/technology_education/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Education</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div></div></div>Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:02:00 +0000Tiffany McGettigan134 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-artlab-video-program-hirshhorn-museum#commentsNew PBS Series: Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Centuryhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/new-pbs-series-digital-media-new-learners-21st-century <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6Zln-7k5oag/TVWOtfU4usI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/jLD_p8hyKTQ/PBS%20pg.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6Zln-7k5oag/TVWOtfU4usI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/jLD_p8hyKTQ/PBS%20pg.jpg" alt="" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; cursor: hand; width: 600px; height: 289px;" class="feature-top" border="0" /></a></p><p> </p><div>Our world is changing faster than our education system, and the rise of mobile technology means that now more than ever, learning can take place anywhere at any time. PBS’s new series <a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/digital-media/">Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century</a> explores how thought leaders, practitioners, youth, schools and after school programs are using digital media and tools to engage youth and deepen their involvement with their communities and each other. The series website has extended interviews with the digital media experts, as well as background on some of the featured youth programs.</div><div> </div><div>We’re very excited to have some our work with the Smithsonian highlighted--we're in very good company!</div><div> </div><div><a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/digital-media/airdates.html">Check here</a> to find out when the series will air on your local PBS station.</div><div style="font-weight: bold;"> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-9135001842684901079?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/technology_integration/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Integration</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/leaders/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Leaders</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/communities_practice/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Communities of Practice</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/work/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">at Work</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/place_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Place Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/technology_education/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Education</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/mobile_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Mobile Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div></div></div>Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:22:00 +0000Jennifer Dick135 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/new-pbs-series-digital-media-new-learners-21st-century#commentsDigital Dispatch: The National Postal Museum Teacher Leaders Programhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-national-postal-museum-teacher-leaders-program <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51820118@N03/5405999555/" title="Brainstorming by MLI-SI, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5405999555_aac94749e6_o.jpg" alt="Brainstorming" class="feature top" width="600" height="450" /></a></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;"><em>What does it mean to be a learner in the 21st century? How can teachers reach their students in new and meaningful ways?</em></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">In the popular imagination, the perception of the American classroom is tinged with Normal Rockwell-style images: the image of a classroom with neatly lined rows of desks facing the teacher; the rosy-cheeked student sitting up perfectly straight and attentive to every word the teacher speaks.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">Whether or not these images are truthful representations of America's educational past, one thing is certain: to be a Teacher Leader in the future will rely very little on being the expert in front of the classroom. Rather, being a Teacher Leader will require a shift in philosophy and approach <span style="font: 12.0px Calibri;">– </span>an ability to ask students to problem solve, teach each other, and become the experts.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">The Teacher Leaders Program kicked off at the <a href="http://postalmuseum.si.edu/">National Postal Museum</a> during the fall of 2010 with two teaching cohorts: one group of elementary teachers and a second group composed of high school teachers. Each teacher has been challenged to create a learning unit plan that incorporates both the Postal Museum content and new media tools. Their challenge is to connect these components in a meaningful and authentic way <span style="font: 12.0px Calibri;">– </span>providing their students with new resources and tools for learning.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">Teachers began the program by considering the four primary skills identified in the <a href="http://www.p21.org/">21st Century Skills Initiative</a>: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Reading this list of skills, I always chuckle a little. Certainly, good teachers have taught these things since the beginning of time. The distinction is that <em>how</em> people communicate, collaborate, create, and think critically is rapidly changing in the 21st century. New media gives students the ability to connect and share with the world in real time. A video posts to YouTube, a photo uploads to a Flickr group, a post is written to a personal blog <span style="font: 12.0px Calibri;">– </span>immediately these creations are widely shared and put out for the world's response. Thus, the heart of being a Teacher Leader is to take advantage of the learning opportunities available in a world that already gives their students opportunities to be experts and teach others.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">In upcoming workshops at the Postal Museum, teachers will begin planning and building out learning unit plan concepts. Stay tuned for future posts which will follow some of these Teacher Leaders as they create a learning plan and engage their students in meaningful activities, ultimately encouraging young people to become creators and teachers themselves.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-8589451445395865253?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/communities_practice/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Communities of Practice</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/technology_education/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Education</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/21st_century_skills/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">21st Century Skills</a></div></div></div>Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:30:00 +0000Tiffany McGettigan138 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-national-postal-museum-teacher-leaders-program#commentsDigital Dispatch: Digital Youth Leaders Program in Los Angeleshttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-digital-youth-leaders-program-los-angeles <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_DOyueg3VhQA/TUhT8kP2leI/AAAAAAAABNE/cFQipIpeX1g/s1600/FKHS%2BInterns.egg_e9f84.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_DOyueg3VhQA/TUhT8kP2leI/AAAAAAAABNE/cFQipIpeX1g/s400/FKHS%2BInterns.egg_e9f84.jpg" alt="" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; cursor: hand; width: 400px; height: 299px;" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5568793239231043042" border="0" /></a></p><p class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/12/real-world-learning-at-frida-kahlo-high.html">Digital Youth Leaders Program</a> has officially launched! The Digital Youth Leaders Program provides high school students from Frida Kahlo High School in downtown Los Angeles with an opportunity to develop their skills and share their expertise as digital media interns at Nightingale Middle School. Interns will work (1) with teachers to integrate digital media as innovative, engaging learning tools in their classrooms and (2) with students to develop creative media artifacts, including blogs, mobile video, and podcasts, that enhance their connection to learning.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Working in pairs, interns met with the teachers that they will be working with and visited the classrooms that they will be advising.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Want to hear more about the interns’ experiences?</p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Check out these blog posts from the Digital Youth Interns</strong>:</p><p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>Erika</strong>: Today I was given the opportunity to visit the class I would be helping, and I can sum up in one word my experience: "AMAZING." I really enjoyed walking around watching the kids really becoming engaged and having so much fun. I really love the fact that all the students already know so much about movie production. I am here to teach but I can also learn from them as well. These kids love what they were doing. Not only was it actually said, but their actions show that as well.</em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>Never was I given the opportunity to construct my own video when I was in middle school. Therefore, I let the students know that they are very fortunate.</em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>Ms. Mason is a spectacular teacher. It's quite evident she loves what she does and loves working with kids. I only spent an hour with Ms. Mason and can tell she is a very patient, outgoing, fun, exciting teacher. I anticipate working with her each week.</em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>Kelly</em></strong>: <em>Today I got to meet the teacher that I am assigned to. At first, it was a bit scary and I think I was nervous. But, it was a great experience to meet Mr. Carrillo. He seems to be a real hands-on teacher and is very passionate about his job. . . He invited us to sit down to talk about our project and our goals. . . Mr. Carrillo also asked me about what I want to do when I graduate. I told him that I am looking forward to teaching American Sign Language and that I’ve know my alphabet in sign language since I was small. I also mentioned that I have a boyfriend who is deaf and he has inspired me to learn more and teach others. Mr. Carrillo was shocked in a way, and he said that I should invite him to teach the students a bit of sign language. I was very happy at the end of the meeting. I didn’t feel nervous anymore. I’m looking forward to working with Mr. Carrillo and Jaira.</em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">And, finally, click </span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Verdana;"><a href="http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=3302969&amp;height=267&amp;width=200"><span style="color: windowtext; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">here</span></a> to watch the avatar that <strong><em>Natalie</em></strong> made to describe her experiences today.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep an eye out for the Digital Youth Leaders Profile series to learn more about each of the interns!</strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-weight: bold;"> </p><p>{C}<!--EndFragment--></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-1892410672858634211?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/leaders/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Leaders</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/work_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Work-based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_literacy/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Literacy</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/civic_engagement/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Civic Engagement</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/community/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Community</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/21st_century_skills/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">21st Century Skills</a></div></div></div>Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:53:00 +0000Nancy Chou140 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-digital-youth-leaders-program-los-angeles#commentsReal-World Learning at Frida Kahlo High Schoolhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/real-world-learning-frida-kahlo-high-school <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><blockquote>"Certain things capture your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart." ~Old Native American saying</blockquote><p>Real-world learning allows students to learn skills they will use in the “real world” once they graduate. <a href="http://www.bigpicture.org/2010/10/taking-school-into-the-real-world-with-big-picture-learning/">Big Picture Learning schools</a> recognize that students have individual interests that, if honed, enhance their learning. In order to both develop these interests and learn “real-world” skills, students complete an internship as part of their studies.<br /> </p><blockquote>“The projects students do serve two purposes. [Each] must be an authentic project that serves the internship site, and then will also be embedded with some academic learning that students need to demonstrate.”</blockquote><p> </p><p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/J6pvzhARGrw?fs=1" width="600" frameborder="0" height="344"></iframe></p><p> </p><p>Clarence Wells, a student at MetWest (a Big Picture Learning school in Oakland, CA), discusses the benefits of learning in the real world and the important skills gained as a result of his experiences.</p><p><strong>Fostering Digital Youth Leaders</strong><br />Last spring, students at another Big Picture school, <a href="http://fkhs.org/big.html">Frida Kahlo High</a> in South Los Angeles, met regularly as part of a personalized digital media program called “<a href="http://newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/11/community-and-identity-at-frida-kahlo.html">Day in the Life</a>.” The Day in the Life Digital Narrative Project provided students with the opportunity to play the role of “mobile journalist,” using mobile devices and digital video production as tools to tell their story.<br /><br />This spring, a new “Digital Youth Leaders” program, offered in collaboration with staff from the New Learning Institute and Alas Media, will give Frida Kahlo students an opportunity to apply the skills learned from Day in the Life to a real-world context – all the while giving back to their community. By collaborating with their peers and educators, the students will develop a digital media–based curriculum for nearby Nightingale Middle School.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Learning in the Real World</strong><br />Through the Digital Youth Leaders program, Frida Kahlo’s students are able to learn experientially. Experiential learning, or “learning by doing,” refers to the concept that students can learn meaningfully through direct experiences. <a href="http://www.learning-theories.com/experiential-learning-kolb.html">David A. Kolb’s experiential learning theory</a> components (1976; 1981; 1984) map nicely to the Digital Youth Leaders program.</p><p><br /><br /></p><ul><li>Concrete experience (or “DO”) – As interns, students will work in pairs and trios; each pair and trio will work with a designated teacher at Nightingale Middle School to design, plan, and implement a digital media–based project in his/her classroom. Student teams will continue to provide planning and technical support throughout the implementation stage of the program.</li><li>Reflective observation (or “OBSERVE”) – Frida Kahlo students will document their experience on the social learning network.</li><li>Abstract conceptualization (or “THINK”) – Students will conceptualize their experiences on the social learning network.</li><li>Active experimentation (or “PLAN”) – Interns and teachers will work together to implement the curriculum in the classroom. Frida Kahlo interns will provide technical support to Nightingale MS teachers and students.</li></ul><p> </p><p>For the students’ final projects, they will connect their learning to the world outside the classroom. When the program starts this spring, we will ask students to talk with us about their experiences.<br /><br /><strong>Additional Resources on Real-World Learning:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://casn.berkeley.edu/resource_files/Proven_Strategy_2-25-1010-03-12-04-27-01.pdf">Career Academies: A Proven Strategy to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bigpicture.org/2010/10/taking-school-into-the-real-world-with-big-picture-learning/">Taking School into the Real World with Big Picture Learning</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bigpicture.org/2010/09/the-rigors-and-rewards/">The Rigors and Rewards of Internships</a></li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-652926877227913081?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/social_networking/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Social Networking</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/work_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Work-based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div></div></div>Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:05:00 +0000Sarah Davis152 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/real-world-learning-frida-kahlo-high-school#commentsCommunity and Identity at Frida Kahlo High Schoolhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/community-and-identity-frida-kahlo-high-school <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TOsDqw2mlcI/AAAAAAAABbY/rpNF_XZRPbI/s1600/Daisy%2540fkhs-LA.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TOsDqw2mlcI/AAAAAAAABbY/rpNF_XZRPbI/s1600/Daisy%2540fkhs-LA.jpg" class="feature-top" /></a><span style="font-style: italic;">Photo by Daisy, a Frida Kahlo Student</span><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">2 Ways in Life – A Frida Kahlo Student’s Blog Entry</span></p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type: none;"><li style="list-style-type: none;">“Well I have two communities.</li><li style="list-style-type: none;">The first is in South Central Los Angeles. There is no name to my community – just two streets: San Pedro and Adams. Well the people who make my community are gangs. There are no positive role models, just negative. There are killings, taggings, drug dealing, and other things that describe where I come from. My community just made me into a bad person.</li><li style="list-style-type: none;">The second is Frida Kahlo High School in South Central. The people who make my community is the teachers, students, and staff. Everyone in the school care for you – they make sure you succeed. They’re always there when you need them in good and bad times. This community has helped me become a better person and see other things differently than before. In Frida Kahlo there's positive role models.”</li></ul><p> </p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Day in the Life Digital Narrative Project</span><br />Students at <a href="http://fkhs.org/big.html">Frida Kahlo High School</a> met regularly for a semester last spring as part of a personalized digital media program called “Day in the Life.” For the program, students engaged in (1) identifying a defining place in their community, (2) developing a series of digital artifacts that told the story of this place, (3) maintaining a digital portfolio on the New Learning Institute social network, and (4) creating a Community Map with these location-based audio and video artifacts. At the culmination of the program, students completed and presented their own “Day in the Life” media series that told the story of the community through their eyes, according to their personal experiences.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">My Community &amp; Teenage Struggles (by Marlene)</span><br /><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17300535" width="600" frameborder="0" height="450"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/17300535">My Community and Teenage Struggles</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5330175">Sarah Davis</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p> </p><p>In this video, a Frida Kahlo student discusses her community, how the youth try to “fit in,” her second chance, and her resulting belief that she will achieve her goals.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Frida Kahlo High School</span><br />Frida Kahlo High School is part of the <a href="http://www.bigpicture.org/">Big Picture Learning Schools</a>. Big Picture Learning Schools believe that the key to achievement lies in fostering students’ individual interests and encouraging their active participation in the learning process. These schools emphasize school culture and mentorship.<br /> </p><ul style="list-style-type: none;"><li style="list-style-type: none;">“There is a culture of trust, respect, and equality between students and adults, as well among themselves. Students are encouraged to take leadership roles in the school, and student voice is valued in decision-making processes.”</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p><p>Frida Kahlo High School’s mission is to prepare “One Student at a Time” for college and the workforce through active “real world” learning, academic rigor, and community involvement. The Day in the Life project complemented this mission. The narratives students created explored how their community plays a role in shaping youth identity. Students then shared their messages with a wider audience of Frida Kahlo High School students, faculty, and parents.<br /><br />Next week, I will introduce the upcoming Digital Youth Leaders Program, which affords Frida Kahlo students the opportunity to further develop their skills in a real world context and creates a space for them to share their knowledge and expertise with other youth in the community.<br /><br />Additional Resources on Big Picture Learning and Social Media Learning Networks:<br />• <a href="http://www.bigpicture.org/">Big Picture Learning</a><br />• <a href="http://iremix.org/">Digital Youth Network</a></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-4710655891540173033?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/social_networking/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Social Networking</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div></div></div>Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:16:00 +0000Sarah Davis154 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/community-and-identity-frida-kahlo-high-school#commentsDesign Studio: A Practitioner’s Perspective.http://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/design-studio-practitioner%E2%80%99s-perspective <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TORvhQYbFcI/AAAAAAAABa8/aRfgw9UMRCI/s1600/artlab.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TORvhQYbFcI/AAAAAAAABa8/aRfgw9UMRCI/s1600/artlab.JPG" alt="" style="margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;" class="feature-top" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5540676058696324546" /></a><br /><br />What if youth had an opportunity to both visit a museum<span style="font-style: italic;"> and</span> contribute to an exhibit? What would their experience look like? Yesterday, I spoke with Nancy Chou, who helps design programs for the <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.org/digital-media-programs/museum-programs/smithsonian-institution.html">Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian</a>. She has helped develop a couple of programs that follow the design studio format I introduced in a <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/11/design-studio-approach-mobile-learning.html">previous post</a>, <span style="font-style: italic;">City of Ruins</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">ArtScape</span>. When we talked, she highlighted the importance of audience, community contribution, and informed choice in the <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.org/digital-media-programs/museum-programs/smithsonian-institution.html">Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian</a>’s programs. Below I’ve listed short program descriptions for City of Ruins and ArtScape, as well as excerpts from my interview with Nancy.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">City of Ruins</span><br />Youth participants met for twice a week this month and last to contribute to a Mobile Video Series for the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, part of a series of films based on the Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres exhibition. They reflected on these pieces, traveled off-site to view local “ruins” in person, and spoke with the visiting artist collective, Semiconductor. The short videos created by participants offer teen-developed interpretations of artwork and promote critical thinking to encourage viewers to build a deeper connection with the art.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">ArtScape</span><br />Working in teams of 10 to 15 designers on two Fridays this month, youth participants designed an online space for other teens to post examples of art from their own communities. For this program, they are playing a key role in designing the space, launching it, and developing a plan for how to attract and sustain youth contributors to the site.</p><p><br /><br /><br /></p><ul style="font-weight: bold;"><li>Nancy, what is the efficacy of the design studio approach?</li></ul><p> </p><p>“Right now, we are implementing a design studio approach in the context of a museum. Putting young people in the role of creating media and activities for youth visitors in a museum is really central to what we’re doing. The problem is that in the current museum setting, young people may visit museums, but their level of engagement may not be as deep as their potential. For instance, they might text their friends while looking at a Calder exhibit. Alternately, they could be listening to a curator who is giving a talk and not make meaning from or connections to the objects they see. Our vision is to redefine this core experience for youth visitors. How do we do that? We put young people in the seat of creating media and activities that can eventually be offered to other young people who visit the museum on their own, on field trips, or through other programs.<br /><br />The design studio format provides a structured approach to work with young visitors to allow them to become producers, designers, and curators for other youth who visit museums. This experience gives young people in the program an audience: their peers. Knowing that what they create will be used by others transforms the whole experience.<br />…<br />Another major component of this format is that it creates a microcosm of a real-world experience. Young people work collectively to achieve a specific design task. <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TOrIyWjyIRI/AAAAAAAABbQ/ty468dRy28E/s1600/Islands%2Bof%2BExpertise.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TOrIyWjyIRI/AAAAAAAABbQ/ty468dRy28E/s320/Islands%2Bof%2BExpertise.JPG" alt="" style="margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px;" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5542463058807496978" border="0" /></a>If the design task is to create an exhibit that will be shown in a museum, participants perform specific roles, be it exhibit organizer, video producer, marketing team member, or material/artifact team member. The participants’ relationship to each other is interdependent but also task-oriented. In this way, participants are able to pursue individual interests, as well as utilize a certain level of prior knowledge to become experts. The whole experience creates an interdependent collective group of teams working to do something that will be used in museums. And, as experts, the participants see how their knowledge will sustain the survival of the collective group.<br /><br />In contributing – by feeding back to the museum ecosystem instead of having an isolated experience – young participants are able to layer an understanding of how their individual role contributes to other human beings in their community.”<br /><br /> </p><ul style="font-weight: bold;"><li>How does this approach differ from programs developed in the past?</li></ul><p> </p><p>“The New Learning Institute’s current pedagogical approach is a response to the general shift in the understanding of how young people learn [see additional resources below]. The current field of digital media learning is not centered on the tools; it’s about how the tools shape-shift or reimagine the way students learn. Utilizing the design studio format is one approach we use to create effective learning ecologies. <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/11/design-studio-approach-mobile-learning.html">Roles of adults, learning spaces, rituals, and design principles</a> are all ways we provide pathways for young people to use tools as tools, not as the be-all and end-all outcome of their learning. A variety of methods can each contribute a useful “ingredient” to this “recipe.” Over time, the New Learning Institute continually refines the recipe for an approach that works.<br /> </p><blockquote><br />“We’re more interested in creating a culture that is conducive to learning. We take ideas of new learning and create a space that reflects that culture.”</blockquote><p> </p><p>The New Learning Institute’s initial approach involved integrating our methods (primarily digital storytelling) into the classroom culture, in a school setting that was predominately teacher-centered. Now, as digital media has increasingly become an integral part of young people’s lives, it’s clear that the way that youth learn with it is not a one-off; it’s an integrated part of their learning. In real life, we choose which tool is best. Today the New Learning Institute goes beyond digital storytelling to provide a menu of different tools. We give students and professional development workshop participants options so that they can determine which tool or tools fit best with the design or problem-solving task at hand. Now, there is more of a strategic approach to provide a menu of options, whether it’s podcasting, Photoshop, or different mobile devices. Once the foundation is laid, then participants choose the option with our support. NLI staff are facilitators, not just people providing a vertical direction of knowledge.”<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Thanks!</span><br />Thanks to Nancy for talking with me and taking the time to explain all of the exciting developments in the New Learning Institute’s programs.<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Additional resources on design studios and new media learning:
</span><br /> </p><ul><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Video-Games-Teach-Learning-Literacy/dp/1403961697">Gee, J. P. (2007). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.</a></li><li><a href="http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/full_pdfs/Hanging_Out.pdf">Ito, M. (2010). Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with new media. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.</a></li><li><a href="http://education.waikato.ac.nz/research/files/etpc/files/2010v9n1art7.pdf">Matthews, J. (2010). Using a studio-based pedagogy to engage students in the design of mobile-based media. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 9(1), 87-102.</a></li><li><a href="http://dmlcentral.net/">DML Central</a></li><li><a href="http://projecthdesign.org/">Project H</a></li><li><a href="http://www.gameslearningsociety.org/">Games Learning Society</a></li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-1388189317869874079?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/21st_century_skills/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">21st Century Skills</a></div></div></div>Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:12:00 +0000Sarah Davis156 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/design-studio-practitioner%E2%80%99s-perspective#commentsThe Design Studio Approach: Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonianhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/design-studio-approach-mobile-learning-institute-smithsonian <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TORy94ckUNI/AAAAAAAABbE/XAqCvVI9jR0/s1600/artlab%2B2.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><br /><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TORy94ckUNI/AAAAAAAABbE/XAqCvVI9jR0/s1600/artlab%2B2.JPG" style="margin: 0px auto 10px auto; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;" class="feature-top" border="0" /></a><br /><br />How do we create a learning culture that puts the young person at the center of the experience, that inspires creativity and innovation, and that actualizes learning by doing – not in theory only, but in practice? The design studio style of learning that is central to the <a href="http://hirshhorn.si.edu/">Hirshhorn Museum </a>programs presented by the <a href="http://newlearninginstitute.org/digital-media-programs/museum-programs/smithsonian-institution.html#">Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian </a>is an example of how museums can engage visitors in this way.<br /><br /><strong>The Design Studio Learning Environment</strong><br />Design studios can be successful in developing rich and engaging learning experiences for the 21st century learner. Core components of successful design studios include: project-based work, incorporation of design solutions, formal and informal critique, consideration of issues, thinking with examples and thinking about the whole, creative use of constraints, and emphasizing design media.1 In sum, the combined elements of an effective design studio cultivate a learning space where youth are active participants and problem-solvers, where adults play the role of facilitators and experts, and where learning is experiential.2<br /><br /><strong>The Hirshhorn Design Studio Learning Space</strong><br />The Hirshhorn’s “ArtLab+” (the physical learning space) is a digital media studio that incorporates the following characteristics:<br /><br />• Flexibility to encourage both small and large group collaboration<br />• Youth relevance<br />• Flexible and modular design</p><p> </p><p>The tables and chairs in ArtLab+ are purposely arranged in a way that reflects a studio instead of a classroom, with table/chair “modules” that frequently shift to accommodate specific tasks. For example, tables were positioned as one large rectangular work station on the first day of the workshop so that participants were able to work on brainstorming ideas for their projects.<br /><br /><strong>Design Principles</strong><br />Design principles refer to the specific set of values that shape what takes place in the physical space/studio environment. Characteristics include:<br /><br />• Participant assumption of roles/identities<br />• Short iterative cycles<br />• Frequent critique sessions<br />• Dispersed community<br />• Skills as strategies<br />• Distributed knowledge<br />• Facilitators as co-designers<br /><br />Where a mobile video series component is the central part of the final collective project, participants can begin with exploring photography, since the core skills such as framing, lighting, etc. are closely related to videography. Participants may start out in a short task that involves going out to take a photo using the Rule of Thirds. The next design cycle may involve the students applying this skill to a five-second video capture of the same object with panning and zooming.<br /><br /><strong>Rituals <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TN2t5-H66OI/AAAAAAAABZY/0dna8pjVXZQ/s1600/directional%2Bforce.JPG"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TN2t5-H66OI/AAAAAAAABZY/0dna8pjVXZQ/s200/directional%2Bforce.JPG" alt="" style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; width: 164px; float: right; height: 200px;" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5538774328175945954" border="0" /></a></strong><br />Rituals refer to a specific set of social practices that are integral to all Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum programs. These rituals include:<br /><br />• Community circles<br />• Design task cards<br />• Community design board<br />• Design journals<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TN2ttKfY4AI/AAAAAAAABZQ/UNHx1LvURqo/s1600/Rule%2Bof%2BThirds.JPG"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TN2ttKfY4AI/AAAAAAAABZQ/UNHx1LvURqo/s200/Rule%2Bof%2BThirds.JPG" alt="" style="margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; width: 164px; float: left; height: 200px;" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5538774108157304834" border="0" /></a>Design task cards in these programs fall into two categories: <em>Skill Building Cards</em> and <em>Content Understanding Cards</em>. Skill Building Cards are a series of cards geared toward developing expertise around specific new-media skills, such as video capture and editing. Content Understanding Cards are directed toward developing understanding of a certain content goal, such as art interpretation. Within each of these categories, there are three to five cards that focus on specific participant-centered activities. Cards are ranked by skill development. For instance, after students understand and apply the “Rule of Thirds,” they might be ready to advance to “directional force.”</p><p> </p><p>In the next entry, we’ll take a look at some of the ways the New Learning Institute has incorporated the design studio approach and how we are shifting our methods to accommodate the new media learner of today.<br /><br /><strong>Additional resources on design studios:</strong><br />1: S. Kuhn, The Software Design Studio: an exploration, IEEE Software, March/April, 1988.<br />2: J. Matthews, “Using a studio-based pedagogy to engage students in the design of mobile-based media,” English Teaching: Practice and Critique, May 2010: 88.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-5247632550233573922?l=newlearninginstitute.blogspot.com" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/nliatwork/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/project_based_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Project Based Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/museums/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/digital_learning/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog_topics/21st_century_skills/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">21st Century Skills</a></div></div></div>Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:52:00 +0000Sarah Davis157 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/design-studio-approach-mobile-learning-institute-smithsonian#comments