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Connect your Learning A Resource for Innovative Classroom

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This publication presents a set of new educational scenarios with a view to fostering better student engagement in learning. It aims at: - Encouraging experimentation and play - Implementing cross-curricular learning activities - Favouring experiential learning - Sharing projects with authentic audiences - Making students active users of technology in the process of learning rather than passive receivers of digitally mediated instruction The particular approach that we have chosen for elaborating new learning scenarios was very much inspired by the work done by a research group at the Digital Media and Learning Hub who proposed an approach to education called “connected learning” (cf. http://clrn.dmlhub.net). The approach advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, production-centred and oriented toward educational opportunity. Such learning takes place when a young person pursues a personal interest with the support of peers and caring adults and is able to link this learning and interest to school achievement, further career or civic engagement. There is ample evidence that when young people are able to connect the often fragmented contexts of school, home, community and peer culture they engage in the most meaningful and resilient forms of learning. Digital and networked media provide unprecedented opportunities for connecting these formal and informal spheres of learning. The publication is primarily addressed to school teachers but the presented scenarios can also be implemented in out-of-school environments where creative activities are offered to young adults. We thus believe that the scenarios will be of interest both to youth workers and adult educators in non-formal learning establishments.
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This publication presents a set of new educational scenarios with a view to fostering better student engagement in learning. It aims at: - Encouraging experimentation and play - Implementing cross-curricular learning activities - Favouring experiential learning - Sharing projects with authentic audiences - Making students active users of technology in the process of learning rather than passive receivers of digitally mediated instruction The particular approach that we have chosen for elaborating new learning scenarios was very much inspired by the work done by a research group at the Digital Media and Learning Hub who proposed an approach to education called “connected learning” (cf. http://clrn.dmlhub.net). The approach advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, production-centred and oriented toward educational opportunity. Such learning takes place when a young person pursues a personal interest with the support of peers and caring adults and is able to link this learning and interest to school achievement, further career or civic engagement. There is ample evidence that when young people are able to connect the often fragmented contexts of school, home, community and peer culture they engage in the most meaningful and resilient forms of learning. Digital and networked media provide unprecedented opportunities for connecting these formal and informal spheres of learning. The publication is primarily addressed to school teachers but the presented scenarios can also be implemented in out-of-school environments where creative activities are offered to young adults. We thus believe that the scenarios will be of interest both to youth workers and adult educators in non-formal learning establishments.
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