Today, Scott Lockman describes his understanding of what ds106 is, how the system works, how to become involved, and some of his experience over the past year of teaching a computer studies classbased on the ds106 model.
This Sunday, Scott was at Tapped In two hours before he was due to go on, giving us plenty of time to set up the Elluminate room, but one thing led to another and we ended up at a place called Cypris Chat in Second Life <http://cyprischat.org/> where students come together and talk freely on interestingly abstract concepts. Here’s a screen shot of the F.U.N.
This engaged us in a round of getting our VOIP working in SL where we could hear the chat, necessitating our shutting off sound in Elluminate, and causing us to get so resource-challenged that we both had to reboot and barely made it back to Elluminate in time to get re-started there in time for …
getting back on the topic of tonight’s presentation on ds106 …
Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC describes the four part strategy he has developed to support the growth of a mentor-based youth-development strategy and how it might be applied to problem-solving process in any social sector and in any country. Dan will also talk about how youth in high schools and colleges can take a significant role in this process and how this will enhance their own learning, problem solving and communications skills while also creating future leaders who are better prepared to solve social and environmental problems via world-wide learning and collaboration. Dan says “While I apply this strategy to what I do to help kids in poor neighborhoods of Chicago, I feel the model applies to any problem solving effort.” You can review the 4 part strategy at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy.
Dan talked about how he conceives channeling knowledge into action through a 4-part strategy he articulated through mindmaps and other visuals. His work has a lot in common with that of Webheads, MOOCs, and EVO (which I have argued possibly IS a MOOC) in that he taps cognitive surplus to leverage volunteer effort while trying to scale and sustain through getting the attention of (i.e. the information out to) the business community to show them how their interests coincide with those of the Tutor/Mentor Institute.
Dan points us to
http://www.simschool.org/ “I get their newsletter and this looked like an interesting tool to support ELS as well as regular learning.”
the Learning Change Project: “in each of 8 sections it talks about a different part of a learning strategy and it points to PDFs and deeper reading that anyone can use. http://gfbertini.wordpress.com/about/ … this is related to the ideas of MOOCs that [Vance] wrote about last year. If these can be focused on specific issue areas, rather than generic learning, they could be powerful platforms for social problem solving.”
March 29=31 is the 2012 International TESOL convention in Philadelphia and onceagain the CALL-IS will be broadcasting select sessions in real time for those that can’t be there (or those that want to multitask on their laptops at the convention).
CALL-IS would love to have you participate in any or all of the webcasts. Justvisit http://www.call-is.org/info/mod/resource/view.php?id=379 and click on the webcast that interests you. We’ll be taking questions from the online audience and there is always a lively chat during the presentation.
Post conference, links to the recorded sessions will go up and folks that couldn’t participate in real time can still benefit.
Oh, and all of this is free, courtesy of the CALL-IS interest section.