At Hive NYC, digital learning is in our DNA. We’ve assembled an ecosystem of organizations with a shared ethos: that learning doesn’t just happen in school, that youth can thrive when offered the opportunity to explore topics that interest them most, that digital media and technology can be the “glue” to help them learn, and that to learn by doing/making can lead to tremendous “a-ha” moments that leave a lasting impression.
Given that, we were happy to see our friend Bob Wise from the Alliance for Excellent Education lead the charge with Digital Learning Day.
From their website: “Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. On Digital Learning Day, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students will encourage the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, or focusing on how digital tools can help improve student outcomes.”
We’re really proud of the innovative projects that we support through the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at The New York Community Trust. Part of what we’re working towards getting better at is sharing our critical work, and Digital Learning Day gives us the perfect opportunity to do just that. Here are a few resources from Hive NYC – please check them out, adapt, critique and employ as you see fit!
Hackasaurus Hacktivity Kit: Step by step instructions for running your own hack jam, to teach kids what the web is made of via exposure to HTML and CSS. You’ll find printables, sample lesson plans, assessment rubrics and cheat sheets. Hack away!
And here’s Hackasaurus professional development curriculum for educators, created in partnership with Columbia Teachers College.
Eyebeam Digital Day Camp 2011 Curriculum: During this summer program, twenty NYC teens spent three weeks working under the guidance of a team of creative mentors to produce a series of deep, media-rich stories about our NYC neighborhoods. Their stories became part of a web-based, interactive map that included photographs, drawings, videos, music, games, words, and more. Easily scalable to any neighborhood, city or space!
Green Machine: Building Sustainable Futures Curriculum Pilot: This program sparked youth interest in engineering design, and local and global issues, but also sharpened participant ability to propose strategies and build solutions to real-world problems. These curriculum modules were play tested and iterated upon by Institute of Play.
Iridescent Technovation Challenge: An app-design, challenge-based curriculum that Hive NYC helped fund an iteration of at the New York Hall of Science in 2011.
And here are just a few examples of projects in the works, tracking their progress as we go along:
Girls Write Now Digital Remix Portfolio: A group of 16 Girls Write Now mentors and mentees are contributing to this pilot run collaboratively by Girls Write Now, Parsons The New School for Design, and Figment.com. Each month, participants experiment with photo & video, design & animation concepts, and audio & sharing, using new tools to complement their writing and the writing of their peers. Follow along as the project progresses.
Neighborhood to Neighborhood Multimedia Workshop: Facing History and Ourselves and WNYC Radio Rookies are running youth workshops to produce stories about neighborhoods in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Emoti-Con 2012: This year marks the 4th annual youth-made media and technology festival, and we’ll be posting updates here leading up to the event (June 2nd). You can also keep up-to-date by following @EmotiCon_NYC on Twitter.
We’re happy to show our support for the first-ever Digital Learning Day, and look forward to continuing to be part of the conversation and sharing our work.
Please leave any feedback on these projects in comments – we’d love to hear from you.