On Thursday, November 21, 2013, LTML and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) co-hosted a discussion around tpt’s program, Is School Enough?, which is the second in a series of programs about youth, digital media, and education. Is School Enough? focuses on how project-based learning and digital tools can help inform and transform education.
Over 100 educators attended the event, including young people representing community-based organizations from across the Twin Cities. National leaders (Yasser Ansari, Eric Gordon, Yasmin Kafai, and Ange Wang), and local innovators (Mark Garrison, Joanna Koehler, Molly Vasich, and Naly Yang) participated in panel discussions. Stephen Brown, the producer of Is School Enough?, hosted and moderated the national panel, and Cassie Scharber, LTML co-director, moderated the local panel.
Community conversations with attendees followed the panel discussions, with LT and Literacy graduate students and staff from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction assisting in backchannel conversations as well as table talk about technology-infused engaged learning. Thank you to Daryl Boeckers, Kris Isaacson, Kristin Lundstrom, Chuck McGill, Nichole Miller, Sarah North, Fan Ouyang, Angel Pazurek, Christiane Reilly, Alfonso Sintjago, Shaomeng Zhang, Romaric Zongo (LT), and Tracey Psycher and Kathryn Allen (Literacy) for their generous energy and support.
The event was filmed for inclusion in an event toolkit that will be shared online as a complement to Is School Enough?. The toolkit can be used by other PBS stations, community groups, schools, etc., to host similar conversations around the county. Educational and additional resources will also be included in the toolkit. Stay tuned for more information.
The full episode of Is School Enough?: Engaged Learning in the 21st Century Classroom and Beyond can be viewed online at http://video.tpt.org/video/2365073145/. Supplemental video clips and resources are available through Edutopia at http://www.edutopia.org/is-school-enough-informal-learning-resources.