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User-Generated Education: An Authentic Student-Centric Model of Education

Session Two: Saturday 12:30pm–2:00pm
Room 307
Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.
Affiliation: Kaplan and Boise State Universities, Bluefield State college
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Should a student-centric, user-generated education be the predominant learning model for this era of the 21st Century? This presentation will begin with a brief overview about how such a model was implemented with upper elementary students. Then, participation in a Socratic Seminar will be used to create a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, implementation and implications of a user-generated education. Participants will interact with the pre-selected text (e.g., Disrupting Education, The Word is Open) through (1) Wiki and Diigo commentary and highlighting, (2) Socratic dialogue, and (3) backchanneling with Etherpad.

Conversational Practice:
The protocols used will those as specified for a Socratic Seminar/Text-Based Seminar. Segments of text (e.g, Disrupting Education, The Word is Open) will provided within a wikipage and through Diigo prior to EduCon. Participants will be invited to interact with the text through electronic sticky notes, comments, and highlighting. A Socratic dialogue will then be used to discuss commentary with an invitation to backchannel through an Etherpad.
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Thanks for all who attended virtually and F2F. Please keep the conversation going via the wiki.

Sat 30 Jan 2010 03:04:04 PM EST

Gregory - the challenge first is defining the vision for this type of education. How do you perceive including parents and community in developing the vision?

Thu 28 Jan 2010 08:25:49 AM EST

Thanks for the comment Dennis - do you have any recommended text from Motimer Adler that we can add to the conversation?

Thu 28 Jan 2010 08:23:32 AM EST

I caught your comment on Twitter about the wiki you have prepared for this conversation, Jackie. I have to say that this topic is incredibly disruptive to the status quo, but a critical conversation for the future of education. There's the content; there's the learner; what does the teacher do to structure the engagement of the two? There's the way it is a la Alvin Toffler... and there's the question teachers pose when they agree with Toffler: "Okay, tell me what I can do differently?" Is "user-generated" learning the answer? Would Motimer Adler recommend this approach? I suspect so. Sounds like it will be a good conversation.

Tue 26 Jan 2010 04:15:21 PM EST

Hi Jackie,

I would love to hear more, especially about bringing the community (the parents and the administrators) onboard with the vision. In particular, I'm wondering how you pitched these ideas to the highly involved, vocal and ambitious parents who want their children to be competitive in the race to go to the best colleges?

Sat 23 Jan 2010 07:21:13 AM EST