The power of pen and pixel provide unprecedented experiences for learning and inventiveness limited only by our own curiosity, imagination, and wonder. But to create those opportunities, we need to design the learner experience around empowerment, engagement, and inventiveness. This means exploring and experimenting with these designs as we reimagine learning as moonshot thinkers, which became the focus of my recent keynote at the Northern Illinois Computing Educators MiniCon.
- How do we amplify the creative thoughts, sparks, and passions of individual students with the conditions, people, and resources in an organization to bring those ideas to life?
- What if we created conditions for agency, agility, and people who lead to engagement and inventiveness?
- What if we shifted our beliefs and actions of our classrooms towards a garage studios concept?
- How might we make schooling worthy of student engagement
- What if we focused on joy, love, and passions over policies, procedures, and standardization?
- What if we were able to tell our story instead
While there are many paths towards classroom as garage studio where agency, agility, engagement, and inventiveness rule, there are four experiences at the heart of this transformation.
- Pen and Pixel
- People and Places
- Pause and Perspective
- Play and Produce
Today, we need to reimagine learning around more than skills, more than content. It is about co-designing experiences for knowledge, skills, mindsets, and dispositions. It is about getting beyond saying and start doing. It is about more than ideas but watching those ideas blow up when wrapped around resources, people, and time.