Nov 10 2011

A Stickie Learning Lab on Learning Networks

Events, Mozilla

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Last week, Hive NYC and several members participated in Mozilla Festival: Media, Freedom And The Web.  

In addition to hosting the Hive London Pop-Up, we hosted and participated in a range of Learning Labs and Design Challenges that helped us get at the goal of the festival, which was to explore the frontiers of the open web to make things that could change the world.  It might sound like a tall task, but the truth is amazing things have come from this festival before, including the conception of Hackasaurus!

Design Challenges explored how to improve interactive video on the web, writing a data-driven journalism handbook, creating a multi-lingual newsroom, developing rich browser-based games and much more.  Learning Labs looked at topics including 3D models on the web, paper prototyping, open badges, online privacy, web making, etc.

Chris Lawrence and Christian Greer of Hive Learning Network facilitated a Learning Lab that examined learning networks: why they should exist, what/who they should be comprised of, and how they might work in urban centers.  Given the audience – approximately 15 people from across the globe including educators, technologists and parents – the conversation served to validate what we’re already doing in NYC and Chicago, as well as to inform what could become in other cities around the world.

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We started with chaos

We started with chaos.  Random thoughts about learning – where it’s thriving, where it’s failing, why, who, what…

The group then started to find patterns in the chaos, and to organize these thoughts around common themes, concepts or questions.

patterns in the chaos

patterns in the chaos

Next we shared who would be involved in these theoretical learning networks – including individuals, organizations, both place-based and not.  Everyone from parents and media to farmers, science museums and government were identified.

Theoretical learning networks

Theoretical learning networks

Finally, we combined our thoughts around “youth learners,” the audience for our learning network.  Out sprung the issues, concepts and solutions we wanted to see it address, along with the applications and entities that could collaborate to deliver an enriching, informal, anywhere, anytime, valuable, open learning experience.

youth learners

youth learners

Thanks to everyone that participated!

What are some of the counterintuitive or unexpected elements or partners you’d like to see as part of a learning network – we’d love to hear!

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