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September 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm #492
Great topic/reflection here, Abe.
I think it is a delicate one and is often the hard work of facilitators in these kinds of spaces — how do we leave space for kids to sort out what they’re really passionate about and how to we encourage/support them in taking the next step.
I know, for myself, there are a lot of things I’m interested (even “passionate” about) that I don’t have time for in a day, a week, a month, or a year. I want to learn a lot of things that I actually am clear about not being able or willing to make a priority right now.
Some kids are coming from a different place when sorting out their motivation and what gets them active or engaged. In general, the longer a person has had the experience of having others deciding what is possible and what is not for them, the longer they need to reprogram their relationship to “doing”. Sometimes this external structure comes from school or parents, and sometimes it is even asked for or relied on by the person who has no other concept of how to be the one in the driver’s seat.
I’m interested in constantly evolving our practices and tools to support the students in making their choices visible, encouraging action/reflection, and increasing our ability to connect them to people and resources that support their goals. I also feel it is really important to not measure a success solely by much activity we see from them.
While I love seeing lots of “doing”and value it tremendously, I also recognize the CRUCIAL times in my life where I was able to give myself space to “do nothing”. Not that I actually did nothing, but I gave myself permission to have time and space with no expectations. It has been these times that have catalyzed so much action in my life because it allowed the actions that I have taken to be purposeful and meaningful to me — making my engagement much greater than if I had been guided or pushed into just doing something for the sake of it.September 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm #467
@merlinworks yeah sure! longterm, I think netbooks are better for typing, but we would definitely benefit from having an ipad on hand that kids could use when we are short devices.
Thanks!September 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm #449
We are going to start with 15mbps (2mbps/user) — now I just need to get them to give me the price they advertised to Geva ($40/month cheaper than the price they told me!)
FWIW we were only getting 6mbps with Megapath when it was working.September 12, 2014 at 1:49 am #432
I either used the free version or bootlegged on Arthur’s account.
Either way, you’re right it does take some time to get used to and can be a lot more complicated than PP.
Leigh, you should use whatever you feel comfortable and proficient with — have a handful of slides and pictures as ways of marking your talking points is good enough. I just have residual hate for PP left over from college. Some professors would put their whole lecture on powerpoint, link to it on their website, and then ask that you come to class to hear them read their powerpoint slides to you. Insanity.September 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm #426
Is a “preview day” like a visiting day with less on the line?
Also, Leigh, are you familiar with Prezi? Way snazzier than PP.
TSeptember 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm #405September 4, 2014 at 3:09 am #378
Hey all —
I realized this forum thread should actually be a doc. This way, the info will be private for the network and each person can edit the doc themselves, rather than me having to copy each reply to the first post.
Please edit the doc I created instead of adding contact info to this thread.
Thanks!August 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm #342
If room and resources are greater, then I would love to add (invite):
August 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm #335
- Eric F
- Sara Smith
- Sarah Stephens
Bear — Ok. I am supposed to get an ALF Weekend proposal to Steve C. so let’s pick this back up soon after tone-setting.
What is the current state/availability of the Canaan house?August 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #333
I just made a ticket reminder for Drew (and others working on the site) to see if we can change settings on here so that each member’s “@” handle is listed below their name. Right now you can find it on their profile by clicking their name or picture, but it would be easier if it was listed under their name on the forums.
So, @ryanshollenberger is super busy packing and moving and handling personal logistics for our NYC household right now, but I will remind him that he’s being called out on the video game thread for input 🙂August 26, 2014 at 12:14 am #302
Try adding the picture to the media library on the site. That will generate a url extension from agilelearningcenter.org that you can use. (Basically, you’re hosting the picture on our site and then pulling it from there).
Hover over “Agile Learning Centers” in your member navbar > Dashboard > Media > Media LibraryAugust 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm #300
Love it, Mosaic 🙂August 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm #298
Sweet idea, Dave!
I’m seeing all kinds of possibilities with this project 🙂August 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm #266
Maybe we should have a sign up deadline for 8pm each Sunday night?August 10, 2014 at 5:26 am #233
We also got a MVP for the back-end of the Network site sketched out.
I’m gonna try and get a similar content (front-end) sketch sent to drew for the Network site by tomorrow as well.