Student Action and Reaction

I love the idea of design for change. I love the grassroots nature of this project and the community building that happens through it. I think that it’s powerful for students and of students. I saw Kiran Sethi speak and her passion inspires. However, I’m not attracted to the contest structure and the October deadline seems limiting given the August – June calendar at my school. I don’t think that social change should be motivated by prizes and recognition. I don’t think that authentic meaningful social change has an externally imposed deadline.

I’m thinking about how to create a structure, environment, community where students are present in their communities, and actively engaged in activities to improve them. What is the synergistic relationship between technology classes and programs like Kiran Sethi’s “Design for Change” and Monika Hardy’s “Innovation Lab”?

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Redefining Schools

From http://redefineschool.wordpress.com

This has been a busy month culminating in an exam and final paper for my graduate course in instructional design. Consequently, I haven’t been participating in the Global Education Conference. However, there was one session that I made time to attend: Students redefine school by Monika Hardy (@monk51295).

Monika speaks with passion and conviction about the learning and education. Her commitment to learning and the innovation lab where students notice – dream – connect – do is inspiring. As educators, we must think about our students as individuals with passions and interests; we have a responsibility in schools to help students connect with their passion for further action.

Learn more. Visit the links below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bV8GcS8KWY (be inspired)
http://www.slideshare.net/monk51295/innovationlab (watch Monika’s presentation from the Global Education Conference)
http://tsdinnovationlab.tumblr.com/ (see examples of young people in action)
https://redefineschool.wordpress.com/ (visit the project blog which has lots of great information)

Do You Still Dream

By Temari 09, http://www.flickr.com/photos/34053291@N05/4304347665/

Do you still dream? I don’t mean what happens while you’re asleep. I mean conscious dreams, those future outcomes that (directly or indirectly) motivate your daily actions.

I’ve been thinking about dreams a lot. About six months ago, I sat during a strategic planning meeting and drafted an objective about dreams. Others in the team ran with that idea and the concept of dreaming in learning made it into the strategic plan. Since then, I’ve been thinking about my dreams and passions.

As a child, I dreamed about my future. Then i got caught up in the day to day routine of life. Eight years ago, my financial advisor asked me to make a list of dreams. I remember the difficulty of that activity. I hadn’t articulated my dreams for a long time. Having to do that AND share it with a relative stranger was scary. I still have that list and I look at it off and on. But I’ve changed, my passions have evolved, so unsurprisingly, my dreams are different now. It’s still difficult for me to open myself to others and share those dreams, but I’m working on it because I believe that there is great power in the articulation of dreams.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt