The Open Schools for Open Societies Handbook
…find the will and resources to open their classrooms to democratic, writable student learning – the 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Establish new partnerships across the board, between new actors, companies, communities, associations, government.
- Create an open community of practice, remixing, burning, making… Producers rather than consumers of knowledge.
- Allow roles to switch: students teach each other, teachers learn from them, parents can teach and learn, too.
- Move from the content to the person; personalize learning. Teach to, with and from the community for the person as a whole.
- Open pedagogy: problem solving, flipping the classroom, authentic inquiry-based learning.
- Use readable and writable curriculum and content: digital literacy as a foundation.
- 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.
- Move to readable and writable forms of certification across face to face, blended and online. Include badging, endorsements and other forms of certification.
- Make education increasingly inclusive by pushing the boundaries of recognition, participation and distribution of knowledge and learning.
- 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.