Shared purpose


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice and connected spring break.

In the next 5 weeks, we will continue to work our way through the ebook Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom while making and sharing along the way. During this time, you should be return to your inquiry questions about connected learning and equity. Start to focus on what you discover about your learning, your teaching, and the questions you are asking.

Where are we headed with all this? Well, if you look at the syllabus again, in the last few weeks of class we’ll focus on our final project, or final “makes.” Final makes should be something that you design that emerges from your inquiry and supports you in building towards equity and connected learning beyond ED677. 

Thinking ahead then, I would like you to share your final makes by presenting them to each other syncronously, if possible. Since this is an online course, I’d like to schedule a set of online gatherings where there are at least 3-5 of you so you can share and get feedback on what you are working on. Here is a doodle poll where you can let me know what date/time is best for you between April 25-May 3. (Email me if these date/times won’t work for you at all and we can figure something out.)

The week ahead …

This week our focus is on shared purpose — a principle of connected learning that I find particularly interesting as well as complex. What are examples of shared purpose you have seen or experienced? What does it mean to learn with a shared purpose? And what are the implications?

Reading/Watching: Start this week with a focus on Danielle Filipiak’s Chapter on Shared Purpose, starting on page 87. She frames the three vignettes in this chapter with the idea of resistance, resilience and relationships.

I also recommend this recent English Journal article by Danielle, Antero and Nicole Mirra: Revolutionizing Inquiry in Urban English Classrooms: Pursuing Voice and Justice through Youth Participatory Action Research (downloadable PDF available on Blackboard). In this article all three authors organize around a share purpose they describe this way:

A crucial common thread runs through all of our YPAR projects: a profound commitment to flipping traditional classroom power dynamics and honoring young people not simply as adults-in- training, but as curious and critically thinking civic agents on their own terms.

Nicole, in fact, will be hosting an online discussion about YPAR work this week at Educator Innovator. Plan some time to tap into this: find out more about that below and note that an archive will also be available if you miss the live show.

YPAR in Action: Lessons from the Council of Youth Research

Finally, I found a Harvard Business Review article on how A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration that might also be helpful.

Blogging/Making: Since our shared purpose in this class is to make, play and explore connected learning, I’d like to ask you to experiment with me and collaborate to make a Flipgrid about our shared purpose of exploring connected learning and equity … and then help me assess whether you think this might be something worth purchasing for future use.

Flipgrid is a project from the University of Minnesota and I used it a couple times when it was free. Now I notice that it has a yearly cost (for the instructor), but I am trying the demo anyway; I invite you to try it with me and help me decide if it’s worth investing, or not. I created the first ED677 flipgrid around our shared question this week: What are examples of shared purpose you have seen or experienced? What does it mean to learn with a shared purpose? And what are the implications?

You might want to organize your response to this question first on your blog … and then once you’ve considered these questions, create something you can share in 90 seconds when spoken. Then record it via Flipgrid … Here’s how:

  • Go to our #ED677 flipgrid
  • Click on the green plus sign
  • Follow the instructions … you will be asked to confirm you are older than 13; you will be prompted to activate your video (video is required; there is also a Flipgrid App if your phone has video)
  • Take a picture of yourself that will show in our shared Flipgrid.
  • Then record your 90 seconds.
  • If you get stuck, here is the FAQ page.

Once you experiment by posting something and look around Flipgrid a bit, feel free to share your thoughts about its use for ED677 with me.

Find 5: As we continue to work on our inquiry projects, I encourage you to focus on finding 5 things that support you in thinking about the questions you are focused on. What are you gathering as you connect with others? Where does it lead you? What questions does it continue to raise?

*Ps. If you are still looking for your inquiry, I am happy to think with you about a way you might focus some ideas you are thinking about or questions you have. Just email me and we can find a time to chat.

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