The Connected Classroom Design Studio is a blended professional development model being carried out at Clemente High School in Humboldt Park during the 2016/17 school year by the Convergence Design Lab at Columbia College Chicago. Convergence’s team of learning experience designers will engage 15 teachers (the Digital Leadership Team) in both face-to-face and online professional learning through the platform Participate Learning. The Design Studio consists of a collection of online courses each centering on one of Convergence six pillars of instructional design (Authentic Participation, Choice of Expression, Critical Response, Collaboration, Iterative Learning, Play), strategies that empower teachers to create learner-centered and interest-powered learning environments. Specifically, teachers will:
1) Integrate connected learning principles (interest-driven, openly networked, social and production-centered learning) into instructional practice and curriculum design;
2) Deepen awareness of Hive Network, and how its resources can be leveraged for deeper digital learning;
3) Use action research to try out new classroom strategies using digital media tools and production-centered spaces.
Convergence is partnering with Dr. Becca Woodard at UIC College of Education in order to assess the project’s impact on teachers. The overarching goal is to test, evaluate and ultimately scale a model in connected learning for teacher development across Chicago Public Schools.