Learning Creative Learning is for anyone who cares about kids, learning, and creativity: whether you’re an educator searching for new ways to help your students learn, a volunteer running an afterschool program for kids, a school administrator implementing new educational initiatives, a designer creating new products or activities for kids, or simply someone who is curious about kids, learning, and creativity.
The first round of the LCL ended at the end of November 2017, but the LCL community is ongoing! This second round of LCL is an opportunity for those who did not have a chance to participate in the Fall 2017 round of the LCL (or those who did not have enough of LCL in the last round!) to go through the course together with other participants. Starting on February 7th, 2018, the course will be in sync with the in-person version of the course by Mitch Resnick offered for the students at MIT Media Lab. We are excited to experiment with ways to connect students and participants in the online community!
There is no official class time, though there will be designated times when you can join online video conferences with others in the community. At the beginning of each week, we will send out an email with the list of videos, readings, and activities that we are going to go through together. Over the course of the week, you can explore and experiment at your own pace, and share and discuss with others in the online forums, whenever you find the time. Later in the week, we will organize online gatherings, using special video conferencing tools (called “Unhangouts”), to provide additional opportunities to meet and talk with others in the community. All videos and readings are already available online, so you can look ahead if you like.
The course is not specifically about Scratch (the graphical programming language developed by our Lifelong Kindergarten group). But the course will provide you with opportunities to experiment and create projects with Scratch -- and to learn about the ideas and motivations underlying Scratch. We are designing most of the weekly activities so that you can choose which media and materials you want to use, with Scratch as one of the options. Also, we will share ideas, strategies, and resources on how to introduce Scratch through a “creative learning” approach.
All you need is a computer and an internet connection (and an interest in creative learning!). Most of the materials (videos, readings, discussion forums) will be accessible on all types of devices. But you will need a laptop or desktop computer to participate in the Scratch activities, and you will need a laptop or desktop computer with Firefox or Chrome browser and a fast internet connection to join the Unhangout video discussions. All materials will be downloadable so that you will be able to use them offline at a later time.
In the second round of LCL, we will be going over the same materials and activities developed in Fall 2017. We have offered Learning Creative Learning as an online course several times in the past (see our article: How we tinkered with MOOCs). In the Fall 2017 version of the course, the core ideas remained the same as earlier editions, but we continue to experiment with new ways for you to engage with the ideas and with one another. If you have already participated in LCL in the past, this version of the course will be an opportunity for you to reconnect with the community, learn more, and help others in their journeys!
The primary language of the second round will be English, but subtitles and translations for some materials are available in few languages thanks to volunteers from the Lifelong Kindergarten group and the LCL community who speak: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Check out the website and subtitles for their availability. Although we are not officially facilitating non-English threads this time, we also have language groups in the discussion forum where you can talk to each other in few other languages. You are welcome to make use of those spaces to meet and learn together with your peers who share your languages.
Absolutely yes! We encourage you to find other people to join you in this journey: the more the merrier. While it’s wonderful to connect online with people from around the world, there are also great advantages to meeting and interacting with others in-person. So you might want to organize a weekly gathering to watch the videos or discuss the readings with friends or colleagues.
There is no certification, no graduation, and no end date. Once you join the community, we hope you will continue to come back often to share your thoughts, offer feedback for other learners, and seek out opportunities for collaboration.