New Learning Institute - Communities of Practicehttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog-topics/communities-practice enNew 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" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/leaders" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Leaders</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/communities-practice" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Communities of Practice</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/work" 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" 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" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Education</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/museums" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/mobile-learning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Mobile Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/digital-learning" 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" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NLIatWork</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/communities-practice" 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" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology Education</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/museums" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/21st-century-skills" 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#commentsCommunities of Practice at the National Postal Museumhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/communities-practice-national-postal-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://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TQlB5-riDsI/AAAAAAAABbg/3fcmh8jLAYM/s1600/NPM%2BTeacher%2BLeaders.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AJz3zglnLrs/TQlB5-riDsI/AAAAAAAABbg/3fcmh8jLAYM/s1600/NPM%2BTeacher%2BLeaders.JPG" alt="" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;" class="feature-top" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5551040480044781250" border="0" /></a>What type of professional development programming would give educators the opportunity to visit a content-rich museum, become part of an authentic community of like-minded professionals, and design curriculum that engages their students in real-world learning outside the classroom?<br /><br /><strong>Communities of Practice</strong></p><p> </p><blockquote>“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”<br />—Social learning theorist Etienne Wenger</blockquote><p>As Wenger defines it, communities of practice must contain three characteristics:</p><ol><li>A domain – Members of a community of practice identify with and feel committed to a shared domain of interest.</li><li>The Community – The community is a network of individuals who work toward the same domain of interest, engaging in discussions, sharing knowledge, and developing meaningful relationships.</li><li>The Practice – The community’s practice is their sustained interaction, through which they develop a shared collection of resources.</li></ol><p><strong>MLI at the NPM Teacher Leaders Program</strong><br /><br />The MLI at the NPM (<a href="http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/">National Postal Museum</a>) Teacher Leaders program seeks to provide participants with the opportunity to become part of a community of other educators who understand the integral role that new media plays in enhancing the learning experience. Communities of practice are central to the program components in the following ways:</p><p> </p><ol><li>Domain – New media for learning at the museum.</li><li>The Community – Teacher teams from various middle and high schools convene at the National Postal Museum to engage in activities and discussions around how to merge the exhibits and collections with innovative new-media practices that enrich the learning experience for their students. They publish, share, and collaborate via a social learning network.</li><li>The Practice – An integral aspect of the MLI at the NPM Teacher Leaders program is the process by which these communities of practice grow over time. As the program progresses, the cohorts of curriculum designers and teacher advisors grow, thereby expanding the collective network.</li></ol><p>In the next entry, we’ll take a look at one of the NPM Teacher Leaders programs, weDesign Learning, from the perspective of a practitioner who helped design and execute the program.<br /><br /><strong>Additional Resources on Communities of Practice</strong></p><ul><li>Wenger, E. (2006). <a href="http://ewenger.com/theory/communities_of_practice_intro.htm">Communities of Practice: A Brief Introduction</a></li><li>Wenger, E., McDermott, R. and Snyder, W. (2002). <a href="http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/2855.html">Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge – Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice. </a>Harvard Business School Press.</li><li><a href="http://www.infed.org/biblio/communities_of_practice.htm">Communities of Practice.</a> Infed.org.</li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/902885274664531497-652877630502898251?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" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Social Networking</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/communities-practice" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Communities of Practice</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/digital-literacy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Digital Literacy</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/professional-development" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Professional Development</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/museums" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div></div></div>Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:20:00 +0000Sarah Davis149 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/communities-practice-national-postal-museum#comments