The Expanded Education

February 2, took place the opening session of the series of conferences on Research and Innovation in the field of culture (I + C + I + CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in the CCCB Lab.
The “Expanded Education” was the topic of the training day, which was attended by experts as ZEMOS98 , Juan Freire and Brian Lamb.
The introduction: “Models and Practice in Expanded Education” was conducted by Zemos98 and Juan Freire.

According to the opinions expressed by experts such as Gene Youngblood (book Expanded Cinema), Paulo Freire ( Education is not being), Piotr Kropotkin, Ferrer i Guàrdia, Pierre Lévy (study of digital culture) and Jacques Rancière (we can teach what we ignore) is possible to define Expanded Education.

An act of rethinking education where always prevail the spirit that pervades the social software. An education from another perspective that advocates educommunication the digital collaboration, creates spaces of curiosity in the classroom, the birth of a new teacher, exploration and experimentation in the classroom (linked to the concept of walled garden). These would be some of the threads that weave the term Expanded Education.

Therefore, from the recognition and subsequent assimilation by all the educational agents, that education is more of what one becomes in the classroom, will be possible to incorporate learning practices from informal contexts into formal spaces .

To promote the incorporation of new educational activities in classrooms is relevant to prototype new educational opportunities that enable students to adapt to life in various contexts by adopting the perspective of what is common. Thus, it will also help to develop three basic skills for citizenship in the new millennium such as historical competence, aesthetic competence and symbolic and logic competences.

Among the expanded educational experiences presented by Juan Freire we can highlight four of them:

1. Fan Communities like Lostpedia (fans community of the TV serie “Lost”)
2. Project Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking out “the object of study focuses on observing the socialization of youth through the combination of local networks and networks of interest.
3. Workshop on Sustainability: Expanded activity done in the classroom with the subject of Waste Management, 5th year of Biology, University of A Coruña (work developed by students from their real problems interest + solutions development = generation of knowledge outputs outward) The teacher does not teach the use of technology 2.0!
4. Casa do mar: a pedagogical model expanded for rural communities, it is a pedagogical model that from local problems applies the pedagogy of alternation).

Following the introduction and presentation of educational expanded experiences, a workshop was generated among the attendees that took as project script the Positive Deviance Initiative (see + identify good performances + propose solutions + apply them+ see results).

The aim of the practice focused on building an expanded education prototype (real) from the pursuit and implementation of open innovation or learn from users.

After the workshop was displayed the documentary “The Expanded School” (2009) , co-produced by Intermedia Productions and Zemos98. In this audiovisual is shown an expanded educational experience called Common Knowledge Bank (CCB) developed by Platoniq at an institute in the neighborhood called the 3000 Viviendas (3000 homes) in Seville.

The presentation of “Edupunk Experience” by the des-coordinator of Emerging Technologies at UBC OLT (Vancouver Canada) Brian Lamb put an end to this event.
It seems appropriate to finish this post enclosing some comments (suggestions) that come from Juanjo Muñoz (Director of the Elementary School Antonio Domínguez Ortiz) that should make us rethink the current education in order to direct it towards education expanded – extensive:

“…. There is no adaptation of schools to their students, nor the teachers…”
… We must promote meaningful learning from prior knowledge that students have, rather than what teachers have …”
“…Connect schools and society …”

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Hastag Twitter of the session: #edutexTwitter Hastag Week: # edutex
Presentation at the expert panel on Open Social UOC Zemos98 Learning (2009)
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