1.) The first item that I found was Susan Lytle’s faculty webpage. I am noticing a trend Christina that many of the authors in our class have a WP connection or Arcadia connection… 😉 I think what I liked most about learning from Lytle is the volume and the quality of her research to connected learning and urban education. With my previous graduate background focused on post-secondary education administration, I enjoyed hearing about her research in school/university partnerships. I am happy that I have made this connection.
2.) Another item that I have found for this week’s search is the #HipHop education group. I think that this focus is an interesting application to the HipHop education Emdin clip. Specifically, the #HipHop group talks about the decline of STEM interest amongst underrepresented students (including African-American and Latino students). What I find fascinating was that #HipHop attempts to incorporate and motivate students (in the way that Emdin mentions), “… in their own [discourse]…” With the free nature of HipHop, the idea that educational content such as science and technology could be adapted to meet students at their interests is a powerful pedagogical concept.
3.) I also enjoyed this discussion of learning outcomes and competencies. When I was listening to that first youtube clip, I felt that I heard alot of buzzwords from talking about making classrooms and letting students explore their individual outcomes. However, I feel like it enters a trap where administrators and policymakers have a difficult time both assessing a student’s final product or the success of educators without clearly defined objectives. I believe that there is a middle ground where we can let young people achieve their own outcomes, but in a structured way to determine achievement. That is why I appreciated this article, I think by label and concisely defining outcomes and competencies, administrators can achieve that independence that the first youtube describes regarding HipHop.
4.) I grabbed this from one of my classmates (thanks g0rg0r!). I think the idea of a Kickstarter matches that HipHop mentality-literally creating capital for something out of nothing (but in this through interpersonal relationships).
5.) And in the spirit of HipHop-I have found this website (a little old… almost 8 years old exactly) of the NWP celebrating music in the classroom. Within this section-there is an analysis of Wellington using Hip Hop to promote literacy within her classroom.