Playing with Playful Ways of Knowing and Thinking

Happy Monday!

It’s been three weeks already — congratulations for getting connected to each other and for sharing. That’s been the goal of these first weeks — to get connected and practice sharing with each other. Therefore, before we move to the next thing, I wanted to ask: How are things going? What are you noticing about getting started with connected learning? What stands out to you?

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Play is training for the unexpected. – Marc Bekoff, biologist

In the weeks ahead, we will continue these same practices — reading, engaging with each other via social media and collaborative tools, and continuing to experiment. The focus of the next three weeks is on theories of knowledge, learning and community — and to kick it off, let’s start with play, theories about play, and the implications of play for equity in connected learning and teaching.

Here are some readings/recordings to get us started:

The week ahead …

Blogging: I encourage you to take the week and think about play in the course of your daily life. Where does it happen? Where does it not? What are the implications? … Try also to deliberately approach something that you are doing in a playful way. What happens when you do that and how does it impact your learning?

Blog this week on the implications of play for learning, whether its through your own experience or through observing or interviewing someone else. What are the implications for equity in learning and teaching? Share your thoughts and observations via your blog this week.

If you aren’t feeling in a particularly playful mood, here are a few ideas and resources that might inspired you:

Find 5 Friday: Find 5 things — from each others blogs, the readings, and other work you are doing — that you would like to continue to play with (ideas, materials, technologies, etc.) into the future.

Hot tip … 

Check out Letters to the Next President 2.0:
This is a project I am currently working on at the NWP … click on the website above to learn more about it and see the range of opportunities and resources for educators seeking ways to support youth engaging with the upcoming U.S. Presidential election. We will return to this site in future classes but you might be interested in signing up now as it gets underway.

In learning and connecting solidarity,

Image attribution: Shelley Spector’s Keep the Home Fires Burning, Philadelphia Art Museum September 2015

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