In my second entry on passion-based learning for the Powerful Learning Practice blog, reality sets in for our after school computer club. Our goal is to balance students’ interests with activities that could lead to meaningful learning.
One thing I’m learning quickly: access alone is not enough. When handed technology with little guidance or supervision, students tend to use it at the lowest common denominator, cognitively speaking. Maybe this tendency was related to the fact that my observations took place in school, where expected outcomes are, well, expected. Would posting goals that connected their interests and relevant projects to specific digital tools be the answer to unleashing the students’ passions?
Click here to check out the rest of this post and witness the ups and downs of our attempt to explore what’s possible with digital tools.