My absolute favorite lecture in this course is Thinking Better with Machines (Google Drive PPT with links and embedded videos), which is an exploration of the philosophies behind the construction of social technologies so that students can better consider how to use these powerful tools.
The Invictus Writers project was conceptualized precisely as a way to remove the teacher as the primary motivator, and replace that with “the audience” as primary motivator. That required the project to have as many front-facing, student-led initiatives as possible.
Last week I wrote a post (“Constructivism, Transmedia Thinking, and Why the Classroom Doesn’t Work”) that explored some of the reasons that I struggle with teaching creative arts within the confines of a structured classroom. This week I wanted to explore a second part to that argument: Constructivist teaching experiences work best when the outcome is applied research aimed at solving a real-world problem.