FamLAB: Learning Across Boundaries
November 16, 2017
Children’s learning experiences in home, school, and community settings are often disconnected from one another, and this challenge particularly affects those who are already under-served. How might learning be better linked to support children’s development? How are some communities innovating to address this persistent challenge and how can digital technologies contribute toward solutions?
At a special TELOS Initiative symposium at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education on November 8, Lori Takeuchi (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop), June Ahn (NYU), and Andrew Volmert and Kevin Levay (FrameWorks Institute) presented ongoing national research about families and children’s learning beyond school, and Sunanna Chand from Remake Learning shared examples of how educators and organizations in Pittsburgh have worked to build networks that guide students through pathways of connected learning. This symposium kicked off a two-day workshop during which regional teams collaborated on design challenges. Read on for highlights.
Professor Brigid Barron welcomed a full house to the TELOS symposium.
Lori Takeuchi and June Ahn presented some findings from a national survey of more than 1500 parents with children between the ages of 3-12 years old.
In a national survey of more than 1500 parents, 64% of grandparents play a role in supporting a child's interests - talking about, co-participating, or finding resources. #FamLABProject— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) November 9, 2017
.@ahnjune: Majority of parents agree kids should have unstructured time, but more than half also say they want to get kids involved in as many activities as possible. Need to unpack these findings. #FamLABProject pic.twitter.com/fHT9Oq1D0r— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) November 9, 2017
Interviews by @FrameWorksInst suggest public perceives out of school environments as opportunity to break up the routine, provide fun -- more about reinforcing/repeating school learning than deepening learning #FamLABproject— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) November 9, 2017
Today's kids need creative, engaging experiences to learn because they will need to contribute to the grand challenges in the coming years. Need a more connected approach to learning, across different environments. @SunannaC from @remakelearning #FamLABProject— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) November 9, 2017
On Thursday morning, FamLAB participants representing seven regional teams gathered at Stanford’s d.school to kick off two days of design workshops.
The research teams provided overviews of their findings to help frame the discussions.
The team from FrameWorks raised some of the findings they uncovered through extensive interviews.
People bring different assumptions about “places” like parks, libraries, and museums, and the kind of learning that can happen there. How can we help broaden these mental models? #FamLABproject— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) November 9, 2017
Then the teams began to put their heads together to define the issues they wanted to tackle.
On Friday, the teams were energized and ready to present their ideas to help build stronger bridges for learning.
“The Creative Confluence” @drlovelace @adallie1 @theanalogdivide presenting at @stanforddschool #FamLABProject on a #learningpathway idea with potential to reach more kids. #RemakeLearning for ALL pic.twitter.com/a5gtCZZEX7— Sunanna T Chand (@SunannaC) November 10, 2017
Stay tuned for more information about the #FamLABProject. We’ll be publishing results in 2018!