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A Student's Vision of Personalized Learning & Real-time Collaboration

When:
Session Six: Sunday 2:30pm–4:00pm
Where:
Room 301
Who:
Evan Morikawa, Andrew Pethan
Affiliation: Alight Learning Inc / Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Conversational Focus/Audience:
High School, Middle School
Conversation Description:

This conversation is ultimately about how to easily cater to the individual learning styles of students through technology; and facilitate collaborative, project-based work. Unlike all of the other conversations; however, this one is hosted by a group of students, who took a year-long entrepreneurial sabbatical from the project-based Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, to come up with solutions to these great challenges. We call our free in-progress solution Alight Learning. The goals of the conversation are to discuss how personalization best happens in the classroom, how collaborative projects best engage students, and the best ways online technology can facilitate these objectives. We are in the midst of developing a free online software package, Alight Learning, which tries to best encompass solutions to these issues. We want to share the strategies we?ve developed from months of discussions with many teachers and our own original thought. We most of all want to engage everyone in their thoughts and opinions of the subject. Since we are actively developing this product, any thoughts you bring to the conversation will most likely be implemented for you and thousands of other teachers to use soon.

Conversational Practice:
The software we're developing has a real-time collaborative space to record the ongoing discussion online and store and share any web-linked resources that come up. We will be actively using this within our conversation as a means to record thoughts on this topic. Should this turn out not to work properly, we will have an accessible wiki setup and will be streaming important points via @alightlearning. Our goal is primarily to hear the thoughts and opinions and proposed solutions of our topics from the participants. We will be giving a little bit of background on our story, and the perspective that we're coming from, but beyond that we want to shut up and facilitate a conversation along our primary topic in the context of what we're working on.
Website:
http://www.alightlearning.com
Elluminate Rooms ( instructions for launching Elluminate )
Stream via Elluminate: Room 301 — Channel B

Comments

Chris Alfano Chris Alfano said:

I've archived the results of this conversation here on the EduCon website: http://educon22.org/pages/Alight_Conversation_Feedback

Sun 31 Jan 2010 10:29:31 PM EST

Chris Alfano Chris Alfano said:

Great conversation Alight team! It was a very engaging format

Sun 31 Jan 2010 03:55:37 PM EST