Kevin Goodman/Facilitation


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Modern classrooms are filled with a mix of protocols and organizational structures which are both new and old. Recent technologies and changes in perception may allow for greater collaboration within the classroom itself, as well as connecting students between schools. However, this connectivity will drastically impact the way in which students learn, how they are assessed, and the resulting "knowledge" gained.

Additional References

The Webs We Weave

As an aid to insight and background into Keith Sawyer, please visit his blog.

Lorraine has added a 14 minutes YouTube video, The Caring Capatlist

Patrice has provided us with various links regarding Education Revolution (Primarily video).

Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society, a presentation of student projects, creativity in the classroom, and alternative assessments.

Questions of the Impact of Technology

What specific technologies impact academia, and in what ways do demographic and market changes require these technologies? How do Web 2.0 applications - being open, distributed, and democratic - help or hinder creative work? Do these models of collaboration and learning bypass the traditional "gatekeepers", or has another model arisen to judge the quality of work? What benefits are provided by a decentralized organization though these applications? How do these technologies change the way in which people interact with other people?

  • If KF is unavailable, please discuss this topic here.

Questions of Classroom Innovation

In what ways can classroom innovators use the power of the collaborative web to provide an array of "strands of knowledge" to students? To develop new innovations, is it preferable to teach a small amount of specific content-area knowledge, be flexible and learn multiple fields, or surround oneself with multiple perspectives and expertise? How can we transform a classroom into a creative community of learners? In what ways could we improvise in this context? Hoes does this impact the role of the teacher within the "organizational chart" of the classroom and school, and does it assist in meeting the challenges of modern social needs and demands?

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Towards a Synthesis for Discussion

The following five themes have arisen via our Knowledge Forum discussion. The questions within these themes are available via KF, in the "Towards a Synthesis" note.

  • Employee/Student Motivation
  • Organizational Concerns
  • Transitioning to Innovation
  • Group Sizes and Constraints
  • Assessing Creativity

If you have any feedback on these guidelines for discussion, or more specific questions to add to any of the themes, please feel to build on to this note in KF.

Class Schedule (3/9/09)

  • 4:15 - 5:15 Whole class review and synthesis
  • 5:30 - 6:30 Discussion with Keith Sawyer
  • 6:30 - 7:00 Whole class reflection and extension

These two guiding questions have already been provided to Dr. Sawyer, and he will also receive a synthesis of our discussion prior to class Monday. In this way, he will be aware of our general topics, as well as a selection of the specifics. We will have time prior to our meeting Dr. Sawyer to further synthesize our views.