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Digital Learning Farm by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. National Youth Leadership Council. The National Youth Leadership Council, or NYLC, is a national nonprofit organization located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that promotes service-learning in schools and communities across the United States.

National Youth Leadership Council

Service-learning. Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service.


This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility. The Community Service Act of 1990, which authorized the Learn and Serve America grant program, defines service learning as: Service learning offers students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies that often exist to effect positive change in the community.[2] The National Youth Leadership Council defines service learning as "a philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

" [3] Let Kids Rule the School. The Thinking Classroom Home: The Learning Spiral. Research Bought, Then Paid For. Searching for New Ways to Search. By Melissa Venable How do you find what you are looking for online?

Searching for New Ways to Search

Chances are that you use Google. According to Search Engine Watch, Google continues to be the search engine of choice accounting for 11.9 billion of the more than 18 billion searches conducted in October 2011. It's what I use, too, and Google seems to be everywhere – connecting us with each other and a world of information and resources through the Google+ social networking platform, communication services like Gmail, and as a portal to the web through the Chrome browser.

There have been recent cautions about relying on Google, or any single search source, to gather information. You can expand your searches to include Bing or Yahoo. Six Search Alternatives There are so many other options out there with new ones emerging and others falling offline on a regular basis. CompletePlanet: "Discover over 70,000 searchable databases and specialty search engines" with CompletePlanet.

How are the search results derived? The Special Agents of Change - playDUcation. 27.

The Special Agents of Change - playDUcation

December 2011 by Bea Beste As many people who know me may have noticed: I spent time at SCIL during my education expedition in March 2011, and again for testing PlayDUcation ideas and prototypes in December. This place of innovative learning has inspired and enthused me deeply. I'm not a professional moviemaker. I just took visual notes with my camera, and managed to put some of them together now. The Pedagogy of Play and the Role of Technology in Learning. The goal of the videogame “Civilization” is to build a civilization that stands the test of time.

The Pedagogy of Play and the Role of Technology in Learning

You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your civilization’s military, science, technology, commerce and culture. One doesn’t read “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” to develop strategy before playing the game. One starts by playing. Useful Handcrafted Videos. Museum Box Homepage. Designing Interaction in an Online Curriculum. Much of the information available online about “creating interactivity” focuses on specific software applications such as PowerPoint, Acrobat, or Flash.

Designing Interaction in an Online Curriculum

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students. Experiential Learning. Project H Design. Open Campus, Open Network, Open Possibilities « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education. It's a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, and students are entering Roosevelt Elementary school with excitement and energy.

Open Campus, Open Network, Open Possibilities « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education

No backpacks. No luggage on wheels. Jerome Bruner's Theory of Education. » You can’t manage informal learning – only the use of informal media Learning in the Social Workplace. Recently I’ve been reading more and more blog posts and articles that talk of how to “manage informal learning”, so I thought it was time for another post of my own that tries to explain how this is actually misleading, and in fact misses the big picture in terms of the importance of informal learning in the workplace, and L&D’s role in supporting it.

» You can’t manage informal learning – only the use of informal media Learning in the Social Workplace

Here’s a graphic which summarises this posting. One of Homeschooling’s Benefits for Parents: You Can See Clearly Now  You Can See Clearly Now by Linda Dobson.

One of Homeschooling’s Benefits for Parents: You Can See Clearly Now 

Want a Healthier Family? 12 Health Benefits of Homeschooling  By Linda Dobson Healthy food for breakfast and lunch!

Want a Healthier Family? 12 Health Benefits of Homeschooling 

A family’s homeschooling decision almost always begins with academic considerations. For myriad reasons, each family comes to the conclusion that the children will learn better and happier when the family is in charge of decisions, resources, and schedule. There’s another aspect of homeschooling, though, that doesn’t receive anywhere near the attention it deserves when mainstream media covers the topic. Once they get started, many families realize terrific health benefits emerge from the homeschooling lifestyle, too. Education. Sandra Dodd Site Index. Tim Brown on creativity and play.

The Literacy of Gaming: What Kids Learn From Playing. “When people learn to play videogames,” according to James Paul Gee, “they are learning a new literacy.” This is one of the reason kids love playing them: They are learning a new interactive language that grants them access to virtual worlds that are filled with intrigue, engagement and meaningful challenges. And one that feels more congruent with the nature and trajectory of today’s world. As our commerce and culture migrates further into this emerging digital ecosystem it becomes more critical that we develop digital literacy, of which videogames inhabit a large portion. Gee, a linguist and professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University, thinks we should expand the traditional definition of literacy beyond reading and writing because language isn’t the only communication system available in today’s world. A Case for Using Social Networking for Learning.

Education content is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry. We are witnessing the emergence of something profound: Humans, historically divided by geography, culture and creed, are beginning to connect and collaborate on a scale never seen before.

The driving force behind this creative wave are digital tools and networks that allow new forms of collaboration and knowledge creation. What starts out as social networking is evolving into social production. Advertisement by LinkedIn Member. Everything That Can Be Social, Will Be. In the first two posts in our Content Revolution series, we discussed how entertainment and information content is becoming digital and chunked. This post will discuss the third component of the content revolution: the social layer. For some, social media is a procrastination activity. For others, it’s a business strategy. Seymour Papert. The Future of School. The Future of School The following discussion between Seymour Papert and the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paolo Freire took place in Brazil during the late 1980s. It was sponsored by Pontifícia Universidade Católica, the Catholic University of São Paulo; and the Afternoon Journal TV show.

It was broadcast in Brazil by TV PUC São Paulo and KTV Solucoes. Aran Levasseur - Peacemaker: Video Games and Learning.