Had a great weekend at DML 2013: met a ton of excellent people, heard excellent talks, and had some excellent dinners in Chi City. A few resonant themes and takeaways:
Civics are not in crisis, agency is.
It seems like civics are the problem because of widely popularized (and hilarious) media showing ignorance (Jaywalking). The stats actually haven't changed, our expectations have. College degrees are much more prevalent now so we are dealing with a larger pool of people. The problem lies in the fact that this demographic feels that they have no influence in the antiquated legislative system (Ethan Zuckerman).
Chicago is cool.
While this wasn't explicitly stated at the conference, it's certainly true. What a great city, I hope to go back in the near future and have more time to explore.
Green river for St. Patrick's Day!
Students are expected to be better than perfect.
The average high school GPA of incoming freshman at UC Irvine is 4.1/4.0 (Cathy Davidson).
Badges are all the rage right now, but they aren't necessarily the answer. The danger in badges is that learners will be motivated because of the badge, rather than what they are learning (Barry Joseph, Mitch Resnick).
In a couple of weeks (March 14-16) I'll be heading to Chicago for the annual Digital Media and Learning Conference organized by the DML Research Hub. The theme this year is "Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation".
There has been a longstanding narrative of youth political apathy and disengagement from democratic life. As the currents of social, political, financial, and global change intensify, what is the future of participatory democracy, youth activism, and civic and political education? How are the practices and forms of participatory democracy evolving in the age of social, digital, and mobile media?
So many good talks, and I think a few of my favorites overlap unfortunately. Anyhow, here are some I'm especially looking forward to:
ChicagoQuest Curriculum Design Jam
"In this workshop, players will be taught the different phases of our curriculum design process. They will form small teams to compete against other teams in a guided challenge to design at each of the “levels” of the curriculum design process, both experiencing and designing CQ-style game-like learning."
Seems that I've been mentioning the Quest Schools in every post at this point...
Games, Learning and the Future of Assessment
"The development of game-based assessments to support the learning of domain-based knowledge and skills." Very excited for this one.