The Open Schools for Open Societies Handbook

With a whole bunch #mozfest help, I cobbled together this early and incomplete draft of an action guide for teachers who want to

…find the will and resources to open their classrooms to democratic, writable student learning Рthe kind of authentic, inquiry-driven, production-centric work that is in direct oppostition to receiving a standardized curriculum and parroting it on a standardized test.

Here are the ideals we’ve begun to articulate in the handbook:

  1. We should make changes to open our schools. Small changes and behavioural changes contribute to system change. But also the process of systemic change impacts on the micro level as well.
  2. The space is changing: the garden, the school building, the museum, the city, the countryside, the internet and virtual spaces may become the places of learning. Physical and technological barriers may be removed.
  3. Establish new partnerships across the board, between new actors, companies, communities, associations, government.
  4. Create an open community of practice, remixing, burning, making… Producers rather than consumers of knowledge.
  5. Allow roles to switch: students teach each other, teachers learn from them, parents can teach and learn, too.
  6. Move from the content to the person; personalize learning. Teach to, with and from the community for the person as a whole.
  7. Open pedagogy: problem solving, flipping the classroom, authentic inquiry-based learning.
  8. Use readable and writable curriculum and content: digital literacy as a foundation.
  9. Open up publishing of alternative textbooks and alternatives to them, open academic journals, and creator content that can be shared, remixed, in ways to give knowledge back to the community.
  10. Move to readable and writable forms of certification across face to face, blended and online. Include badging, endorsements and other forms of certification.
  11. Make education increasingly inclusive by pushing the boundaries of recognition, participation and distribution of knowledge and learning.
  12. Make changes to open your school. You can make a difference now.

Web-making as teacher reflection for #openschools

I’ve also been working episodically on reflective web-making projects for teachers. Here’s one that helps teachers create a button that gives them a daily affirmation from a list of #openschools goals.

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