What It Is
My NEXTSTEP is underway: I'm trying to help teachers on EVOKE (1) find each other, (2) come up with ideas for possible projects, and (3) connect with others who can help them plan and implement those ideas. I also have a project in mind that I'd like to collaborate with teachers on, if any are interested.
The strengths I bring to this are planning, organizational ability, and a background in teaching. I know that getting organized is an organic and slow process in a community like EVOKE, and that one of the things that's needed is a loose structure that people can attach to. That's what I'm trying to start.
- There's a thread in the forums, "Calling All Teachers," where teachers are starting to gather.
- There's a page on the EVOKE wiki (also named Calling All Teachers), where teachers can identify themselves, brainstorm projects, indicate interest, and add links to resources.
- What's still needed is for more people to spread the word, so if you see this post and like the idea, please leave a comment on the thread, or sign up on the wiki, or tell your friends, or... just let people know!
The next NEXTSTEP for me personally will be to work with teachers who are interested in planning an EVOKE-like experience for students -- or who are just interested in learning about how it would work. (I blogged about a scenario
for how it could start.) This is called problem-based learning or challenge-based learning, and it does work, and you don't need a lot of equipment.Where It Came From
When I tried to trace this back to the "original post" that sparked the idea, I realized there are several agents at work here. For instance:Agent Andrew
started the thread "Collaborative Project
." Reading through that, I realized there are lots of teachers here, as well as people who support teachers.Agent Happyseaurchin
created a google doc
where teachers have been collecting ideas about possible projects. It's becoming a great resource.Agent Maillioux
had the idea of setting up a wiki for teachers, and actually was on the point of putting one out there when Marcinina Alvaran (I couldn't find this agent's page) pointed out that there is one.
Since then, I've been reaching out to teachers, friending them and inviting them to join the group. It may go nowhere, but I'd rather try than not!