Did you know we learn a lot when we play? Play is natural, play is educational, play is fun! Playground City recognizes that learning is a fun and fulfilling experience and our city is a playground for learning because it is overflowing with learning assets:
Connecting these assets through creative and playful partnerships, programing, and city-design, will unlock new opportunities for academic achievement, career innovation, cultural celebration, and civic participation all while having fun :)
This is the beginnings of a strategic plan for doing so.
Learning is fun and
the opportunity to learn is everywhere
Design and implement a city-wide strategic plan for learning that fosters innovative and playful connections between the people, programs, and places that make learning fun in our city.
As mentioned before – the people, programs, and places that make learning fun in our city are learning assets. How these assets act upon and interact within our eco-learning-system can be viewed as elements of learning connections.
DIVERSE PEER NETWORKS – peer networks are the foundation of our learning experience, influencing it in a multitude of ways.
OUR URBAN FORM – the design of our city, including its mix of land uses and transit options, can either contribute or detract from our learning experience.
LEARNING GOALS AND PATHWAYS – pathways are crucial for learning because they offer a learner a direction to go in. There is no “one-path” but in fact many to choose from. (we’ll talk more about this)
AUTHENTIC CREDENTIALS (BADGES) – having the ability to authentically demonstrate our learning accomplishments boost our future opportunities.
LEARNING ECONOMY – the demand for learning and the resources used to supply learning create a market for learning.
LEARNING CLEARINGHOUSE – technology such as LRNG.org will provide an exchange hub for learning programing and ideas.
LEARNING IS EVERYWHERE,
ALL OF THE TIME
CURRICULUM WRITERS GUILD
Made up of our city's most brilliant education producers, storytellers, creative thinkers, explorers, makers, writers, engineers, civic leaders, specialists, bicyclists, performers, graphic artists, logistic-ally minded folks?, drone pilots, and many more who co-design learning adventures for the students of our city. We will start out slow at first: looking for low-hanging fruit where existing after-school and summer programs overlap and create "playlists" to connect them. A playlist is a sequence of learning experiences that are tied together in some sort of educationally meaningful way. As we become more comfortable with making playlists - our guild will graduate to more complex (and fun) learning narratives for our city.
Are you a curious and/or inspirational person?