Live Blog from #LRNGSummits
by Greg McVerry · February 2, 2016
Here is the live blog and my reflections.
Also published on Medium.
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And that is about it from the keynote kickoff. I will be back later today.
Up to six cities will be picked to be added to cities of lrng and will recieve a $50,000 grant.
Pewdie Pie gets cited in his roles as a cultural connector in the playlists.
Leila then demonstrates how playlists work with the “Young Money” playlist.
Leila Toplic a Bosnian refugee is up next. She said she came to Chicago twenty years ago with nothing much more than her fashion sketchbook.
Tim notes that 0.3 went live yesterday and notes he was afraid to do the live demo. Don’t blame him.
The teacher tracking and dashboard features are pretty cool. Reminds me a lot of Mozilla’s work around building a database.
Okay screenshots and personas of the platform in the keynote are not working for me. Let us play with the system rather than show us.
Tim doing some case study/persona works. Highlights an artist with an absentee problem and a basketball passion. He describes his path through the playlist.
According to Tim LRNG is all about playlists which brings together all four, local xp, digital xp, resources, and badges.
Tim highlights his portfolio binders and the prequel to badges. Said it is still the best technology for portfolios.
I have long argued for binder free assessments.
I care so little about the badge itself. I am more interested int he metadata behind the badge as evidence of growth.
Tim then turns to badges. For all of my badge work I am still quite the healthy skeptic. It doesn’t take much for assessment to corrupt motivation.
Finally a slide show void of text. Kudos to Tim.
He asked Siri how to create a game. The search results were bad. Should have used Google. My results were better.
There are about twenty people on the “tech side” of things. He said the platform is both a badging platform and local discovery. It is also a platform for global publishing of curricular resources. There are four things:
- Local XPs -learning experiences
- Digital XPs-online stuff
He introduces a fourth problem to Connie’s list: infrastructure.
For Tim the historic purposes of a library tie into the philosophy of connectedlearning.
Timothy Cook is up next and notes that poetry is his passion but he has been geeking out on this stuff for a long time. He is the LRNG product lead. He said if you need a tool for your program talk to him.
They note connectedlearning as the answer. School is a spcae that bring all the passions together. LRNG “bridges the gap. Schools teach the foundation. LRNG pushes students in a certain way by building on those passions.”
The next question asks how does this all connect back to school.
They do note that some peers try to punish people for having passion. They said we have to stand up to people and say, “Thats not cool.”
The next question asked, “Do you guys have friends without passion?”
The next question asked, “How do you inspire your peers?” The young fashion designer said I try to lead by example. They also say there is no way to inspire your peers because they also inspire us.
The young fashion designer said you just have to be committed. Had a funny story of being in a room full of young women learning to sew. The second student said if you are learning about your passion the obstacles do not matter, “They are something you push to side.”
A question from the audience was how do you overcome obstacles that get in the way of your learning.
The next question is about “learning style”. Learning is connected to passions and personalized the students said. I am glad to hear they have not been corrupted by the bunk science around “learning styles.” I might have thrown up if they said I am a kinesthetic learning.
The next question was about life-long learning and how to define it. The first student said there is no reason to stop trying to improve. Lifelong learning means continuous growth. Que’s son says, “I know it is a cliche but you learn something new everyday.” That informs his definition.
The next question is about who inspired you. The young fashion designer cited the big names but then said he draws his passion from African American designers.
Que’s son is up and he talks about his passion for soccer and Japanese culture. His goal for soccer is to open doors to other passions. For example, “If I am a DJ I will be popoular bc I am a world famous soccer player.”
Phillip is up to interview a high school student. He is accepted to many schools and has a passion for making close. Says he wants to merge cultures and make bridges through clothes.
cities and online, passions & purpose, connect social behaivors, playlists and pathways, and personal to peer learning experiences will be the rule of engagement….
I am glad to hear athletics being mentioned. Too often in connectedlearning circles we romanticize the nerd as the only pathway forward.
The four key areas of learning as a lifestyle
- Connected learning
Que describes a vision of schools without walls. Uses his son as an example in that passion should come before school. His son ia enrolled in a cyber school in order to keep up with soccer.
Que states while it wasn’t called “connected learning” his life was due to his mom keeping him involved across the city.
Que Gaskins is up next. He is the chief learning officer of LRNG. The movement is, “Learning is a Lifestyle.”
Connie closes with, “We need to transform learning into somethign they do into they live.”
Then other cities began to call and the program was expanded to Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. After three years in the MacArthur Foundation realized they had a pathway on how to scale the program. So MacArthur spun out collectiveshift and LRNG was the first program.
The Cities of Learning 2013 began when MacArthur Foundation was funding Mozilla’s badge work and other programs. The city reached out to Connie and said they wanted a city wide program. She called a bunch of folks. Mozilla moved some people to Chicago to see if they could integrate badges into a program.
LRNG is here to take all the learning opportunities available in cities and connect them to schools to put students on a pathway for success.
LRNG is trying to connect people and passions with a new pathway of learning. Connie states that schools are ill equipped for the shift required in learning. What young people need is access, inspiration, and guidance.
Connie then reviews three features to solve the issue: peers, passion, and programs (note third p maybe wrong).
Connie Yowell is up and begins by framing the issue around three problems
- The engagement issue. 60% of youth are not engaged in school
- The employment gap. Employers can’t find trained employees and black men suffer massive unemployment
- The enrichment gap: Rick people spend eight times the amount on enrichment when compared to lower SES