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Working with Youth at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

I'm beginning to work with a group of students at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The goal is to teach them the problem solving and communications concepts that Interns have been learning over the past few years.

I'll post the materials for this class on this page and if you'd like to follow along from your school or youth organization, please do.

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Comment by Daniel Bassill on May 12, 2013 at 7:03pm

This article describes a new mentoring initiative at the Shedd Acquarium, which was proposed by a group of Chicago area teens.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on March 4, 2013 at 5:33pm

Here's an idea of student led learning that other students could share and advocate for in their own schools. http://www.theindependentproject.org/

Comment by Daniel Bassill on March 2, 2013 at 3:13pm

This is map I created to show students how they can create maps and tell stories.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on March 1, 2013 at 2:18pm

This week, March 2, we'll review work interns did, and I'll introduce some ideas for communicating this information.

Animation assignment A Quest.

Creating maps of neighborhood/rest of story.  Draw from this "how to use maps" essay and this "rest of story" essay. I'll actually create a map as a live demo and post it here.

Than I'll show another animation, illustrating role of athletes in motivating people to look at these essays and animations.

What teens can do. Then I will show this video with youth as speakers calling on  people to provide donations. I want to emphasize that teens who are not part of these programs could do interviews and videos showcasing what the programs do, and the need for such programs in different neighborhoods.

Next Steps. Show this DePaul student blog and how they pointed to next steps.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 14, 2013 at 8:43pm

This week, Feb. 16, I plan to introduce the 4-part problem solving strategy, shown here.

This is an interview where I described the 4-part strategy. http://learning2gether.posterous.com/dan-bassill-tutormentor-instit...

This is a video that I may show. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/cabrinivideos/187-knowledge

On this page, there are four visualizations done by an intern, providing a new interpretation of the four part strategy.

As our students and others look at these presentations, our goal is that they use their own creativity and technology capability to create new interpretations that they share with people in their own network. Thus, they will be expanding the number of people looking at these ideas, and the number of people who may work to support the growth of tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, or in other cities where a similar project might take place.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 14, 2013 at 8:27pm

My first meeting with students on Feb. 2 was to a) introduce myself; b) show that each student has tremendous personal power, and c) show how that power can be unleashed through a network, and innovative, on-going communications.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 6, 2013 at 5:42pm

This week the Education Technology and Media MOOC is focusing on digital story telling. These blogs have lots of creative ideas that youth could look at to inspire their own story telling creativity.

In this blog article I show how a class of DePaul University students was getting to know tutor/mentor programs and sharing what they were learning on blogs.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 3, 2013 at 11:24am

Was great meeting with group of 10 Chicago area high school students  yesterday at Museum of Science and Industry. Next week they will be working on their own introductions.  I've been part of an Education Technology and Learning MOOC since Jan 14 and several hundred people have posted introductions using a variety of technology platforms. Our students could review some of these for ideas to be used in their own introductions.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 1, 2013 at 12:12pm

In my first session I'm planning to use this PDF to introduce ideas and concepts.

Students and staff at the Museum will be encouraged to use their own blogs to post introductions in week two, with graphics that show their skills and networks.


I'll point to this page, which shows introductions from a long list of interns.  Any of these could be inspiration for how someone else introduces themselves and describes their network.

Here are a couple of introductions I'll highlight:

Sam Lee intro

Mina Song used Prezi.com for her intro

Here's another intro

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