Two Ways to Rethink Engagement

David Price, in his recent book Open, discusses how all systems, including schools, are changing in very fundamental ways. He believes that the historical construct of classroom learning is disappearing, while passion-based connected learning is pushing its way into the best schools. He points to the fact that schools that are focusing on engaging and empowering students in their learning are now seeing the huge benefits for kids. Technology can play a key role in building these bridges beyond the classroom. Stories emerge almost everyday about teachers getting their kids connected with the world using the technology tools.The partner to this digital connection is the connection that comes from service to the community. Having students serve as community changemakers is another powerful instructional tool for engagement. By looking for ways to couple these learning strategies together, we can continue to build excellence and maintain the change momentum and build an open space of learning for all.