We'll start with a simple check in on where you are with your next two Occupy Learning assignments. Also, are we prepared to publicize our #occupylearning assignment to the Internet? From there, we'll switch gears and do the following:
- Discuss your reactions to the Cluetrain Manifesto
- Intentionally Closed post
- Watch the Remix video
Break off into your teams and craft a reaction to the following guiding question and post it to the class blog:
- What does it mean to be an intellectual mash-up artist?
We'll react to your posts and then take a break ...
When we get back we will switch up the physical arrangement of the room ... Cole and Scott will occupy the back of the room. Letting you drive a discussion using the following as guiding questions:
- Do learning spaces have an identity?
- Is there a "core" identity that we have that is somehow community independent? How easy is it to change your identity?
- Brokering is something that makes us valuable from one community to another. We are all brokers to some degree. Is one of the ways we recognize boundaries (and communities) by their reaction (interaction) to/with us around the same information (boundary objects)?
- If we (as teacher) ask students to participate in ways that are in conflict with their "core" identity in order to become part of a community of practice is that ethical?
- Often Wenger's notions of communties of practice are interpreted as a theory that indicates some kind of reform of classrooms as they are not "authentic" communities of practice. If not, then what are they?
- [Related to the above are the issues with the apprenticeship model - teachers are not practitioners of the field they are teaching to their students, we may want students to have learnings and experiences that are in areas that they will not be direct participating members in so that they can make other civically important decisions (not all school needs to be something that students will "use" directly).]
Out of Class
- Next week is spring break -- no class
- Finish the Occupy Learning posts
- Read Wenger pages 188 - 229
- Read Don Norman, The Design of Everyday Things -- available in Yammer.
- Post your team synthesis posts