Learning while Connected
A collection of impacts made while a part of the Connected Learning ecosystem in Chicago, IL.
The city of Chicago is fortunate to have an incubator for connections and change. Hive Chicagois a magical place where civic and cultural institutions come together to change they way education happens. When I returned to Chicago last year I was introduced to the Hive and I totally have a crush on the model. In my adventures big and small I have found time and time again that there is no greater currency than learning and connecting the perspectives of others; the Hive is a honey pot of varying perspectives. The trick is to capitalize, listen and take action.
Fast forward to the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL). CCOL aims to merge student experiences, establish that learning happens everywhere and builds systems to effectively document that learning. I carried lessons from the HIVE to CCOL and someone noticed. I am honored to share with you a small space of the CCOL inaugural e-newsletter dedicated to a story about how I, through my position at Project Exploration, work to learn and connect.
There are two things I am petrified of: 1. water when I can’t see the bottom and 2. microphones. On Saturday I had the great fortune of delivering the second-to-last Ignite Talk at the closing of the Digital Media Learning Conference. My competition was beer, hot dogs and popsicles in the back and when I landed on stage (facing the enormous, elegant room with a microphone) I could see that it was full of attentive listeners. It wasn’t as scary I though it would be and no one could see me shaking! Here is the proof that I did one thing that scared me.
DML2014: Ignite Talk - Krystal Meisel