Learning to Be ...

"When students learn, they learn both information and a set of practices, and the two are inextricably related." (Learning and Understanding, 2002)

In order for students to learn mathematics well they need to participate in some of the same activities that mathematicians do. The same applies to history, geography, literature, and so on. Student learning is best informed not only by learning what to do, but by learning what it's like to be a mathematician, historian, geographer, writer, what have you. Doing and being are inextricably linked. In our time together we'll focus on helping our students not only to "do" math, history, literature, etc. but also give them a taste of what it's like to be a mathematician, historian or writer.

Much of what we'll be doing is motivated by the ideas shared by John Seely Brown in the video below.

There will be a lot going today and we'll need to get organized. I'm looking for a volunteer to be our D-in-C, Designer-in-Chief, to keep our collaborative Google Doc pretty and well organized. You're invited to join our doc now!

If you want to add our collaborative Doc to your Google Account login to your Google account before you click the link above. If you've clicked it and logged in afterward just refresh the page.

The Plan :

Learn a little, laugh a little, play a little ... every day a little.

If I forgot anything here you can find everything you need at
On twitter, the hash tag for our little group is: #lrn2b
Here's our agenda but if something captures our imagination we'll linger longer over it. There's more here than we can reasonably do in a day but feel free to come back any time.

Working Agenda
8:00 - 11:00 Visual Thinking Across the Curriculum
Learning to see what we're learning in the world around us. Find it in the world around you, take a picture of it, create a digital mind map and make your thinking transparent.
More Than 1000 Words
Learning is ...

11:00-12:00 LUNCH

12:00-3:00 Playing With Ideas
Learning In Public
21st Century Bricoleurs - 4 Ideas
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It

A Tube-Chop of the full 10 minute video on YouTube.