Learning through Play & Design: Personal Stories of Connected Learning
This collection of six personal stories documents the different ways that educators are utilizing aspects of play and design in their curriculums. Their hands-on approach to learning allows students to physically manifest their ideas by constructing, designing, and executing a plan to create something new, either on their own or as a collaboration.
These stories spotlight a range of different approaches to learning through play—from educators leading furniture design workshops for kids at the intersection of art and science to facilitators of Makerspaces where the debugging or tinkering required to overcome initial failure is a first step toward true learning. Each personal story delves into the creative ways that connected learning educators are utilizing play as a mechanism for growth.
Each personal story focuses on the different creative approaches educators are using to transform traditional curriculum and support Connected Learning, which leverages the advances of the digital age to pave the way for more customized, student-centered learning. It is characterized by learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven, and relevant to the opportunities of our time.
These stories were originally featured on Connected Learning TV with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Connected Learning TV now airs on the National Writing Project's Educator Innovator.
Find other Connected Learning TV case studies and personal stories in these collections:
- Fan Activism and Community: Case Studies in Connected Learning
- Paths of Creativity: Case Studies in Connected Learning
- Powerful Learning for Change: Case Studies in Connected Learning
- Reimagining Learning & Teaching: Personal Stories of Connected Learning
- Learning in Community: Personal Stories of Connected Learning