Ecosys Launch for 2013: Unpacking K12 Learning Models (F8)

Posted on January 7, 2013 by


As we embark our our K12 Ecosys discussions for 2013, perhaps our richest untapped set of topics to explore can be found in our Planning Wiki, under the category: F8 Learning Models.  This is where we move away from “sage on the stage” classroom teaching via textbook to other, more engaged styles of learning, approaches that prove to be more interactive, adaptable to local situations, constraints, and opportunities.

Within the space of “Advanced Models” there are many innovative approaches being used across countries, provinces/states, districts schools.  So we’ve grouped these into 7 areas for discussion, prefixed LM1-LM7.

It’s all on the wiki, but we’ve pasted it here for quick reference:

  • LM1. What can we learn from the strengths and challenges of advanced approaches at primary levels? (Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, International Baccalaureate PYP, Dual Immersion)
  • LM2. What can we learn from the strengths and challenges of advanced approaches at secondary levels? (International Baccalaureate MYP, Big Picture, Small Schools, Magnet schools, Career/Talent focused schools)
  • LM3. How does rhizomatic learning aka “connectivism” change the game?
  • LM4. What about Experiential and project-based learning (PBL)?
  • LM5. What about Teacher-focused and Student-focused initiatives?
  • LM6. How does Location impact learning? (flipped classroom, blended learning, online schools, expeditionary schools, VPS, in-school vs out-of-school workload and focus …)
  • LM7. Contrast above with traditional Factory-model, Classroom-style teaching.  What are the significant gaps?

An ambitious list, yes.  But these are definitely important areas that need exploring.

Starting MON JAN 7th from 9-10:30pET, we will start with LM1: Advanced Primary Learning Models, and we will use the following approach to expand on that and subsequent LM’s:

  • Q1 (week 1 & 2). Expand on basic Learning Models in this area. What are examples? do we understand how these Advanced LM’s differ from the traditional approach?
  • Q2 (week 3). Drill down on a specific example, via interview or bright spot discussion.  Be thinking of candidates for each LM Area.
  • Q3 (week 4). Reflect upon what we’ve learned for this LM Area; what are the takeaways? We want to be sure these are captured to our wiki.

This agenda will likely take us through the first half of 2013.  There’s much to explore .. so we think it will be worth the focus and time allocation.

Really excited about this series.  Hope you are as well.  And it fits into a larger context of Collaborative Learning discussions taking place elsewhere.  In a sense, we are scouting ahead, doing the deepest dive, to see what we might learn.

Will we see you online?  Here’s hoping!

Chris (aka @sourcepov)

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