NMC On the Horizon > Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities

Dates: 7 November 2014 – 10:00am11:00am

Join the NMC and our panel of thought leaders on Friday, November 7 at 8am PT / 10am CT / 11am ET (check for local time). This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcasted live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees.

Authentic learning, especially that which brings real life experiences into the classroom, is still all too uncommon in schools. Authentic learning is seen as an important pedagogical strategy, with great potential to increase the engagement of students who are seeking some connection between the world as they know it exists outside of school, and their experiences in school that are meant to prepare them for that world. Use of learning strategies that incorporate real life experiences, technology, and tools that are already familiar to students, and interactions from community members are examples of approaches that can bring authentic learning into the classroom. Practices such as these may help retain students in school and prepare them for further education, careers, and citizenship in a way that traditional practices are too often failing to do.

Meet the Panel

Panel Moderator: Samantha Becker, Senior Director, Communications and Director, NMC Horizon Project at the New Media Consortium

Samantha Adams Becker is the Director of the NMC Horizon Project and lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. She has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in e-publishing, social media, and online learning.

Tosca Killoran, Early Learning Team Leader, NIST International School

Tosca Killoran has been teaching in the IB international community in Asia and Europe since 2000. As a doctoral student at Bath University, Tosca’s published research focuses on innovation in education. She co-founded ED-ucation Publishing, in order to help drive education forward with technology and globalization. She is the founder of TEDxYouth@BIS and TEDxYouth@NIST. She works with TEDx, as well as other organizations across the globe in order to create opportunities for students to share their dreams with the world.

Jennifer Beradino, Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Jennifer Beradino is the Manager of the Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. KFEC is the hub of interpretive content about art for MFAH visitors. She leads hang@mfah a teen learning lab and makerspace designed to facilitate a research-based education model known as connected learning – one that promotes, creativity, critical thinking, and real-world learning facilitated by digital and traditional media in a studio practice. Jennifer leads Learning Through Art Curriculum. LTA/MFAH is an exploration of how a work of art contributes to a student’s understanding of both the sciences and the humanities, and how to link together principles from different disciplines through the arts. The focus is not on how art can illustrate the concepts of other disciplines; rather how can investigating works of art affect habits of mind, metacognition, and how—rather than what—a student learns? Jennifer is interested developing museum experiences that advocated becoming flexible problem solvers with the propensity to fail intelligently. She was awarded Museum Educator of the Year Western Division, by NAEA in 2013 and Art Museum Educator of the year in 2012 by TAEA.

Kyle Dickson, Director, AT&T Learning Studio at Abilene Christian University

Kyle Dickson directs the AT&T Learning Studio at ACU, enabling students and faculty to craft media messages for a global audience. Since 2005 he has worked with the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning to support innovative faculty in podcasting, course blogging, and mobile learning. In 2011 he became director of the Learning Studio, part collaborative learning space, part media production sandbox. Presentations and workshops include EDUCAUSE, ELI, NMC, SITE, and the Handheld Learning Conference with a range of consulting in mobile learning in Higher Ed, K-12 and summer workshops in Abilene sponsored by AT&T and NGLC.

Michael Furdyck, Co-founder, TakingItGlobal

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

About the NMC On the Horizon Series
The NMC On the Horizon series reflects the research and work of the NMC Horizon Project in action. International panels of experts are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies poised to significantly impact teaching and learning.