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New Mexico is disconnected in more ways than one. DART (Datacasting Action Research Team) is becoming a part of the solution by expanding access to education and cultivating meaningful relationships.

But how?

 

We’re creating connections through the Community of Practice, an online meeting space for discussion and collaboration. And you’re invited to be a part of the solution. 
 

Join us Sunday, March 6th for an hour long virtual meeting to meet, greet, and learn from each other as we share ideas to co-generate digital equity. We want to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and impressions. Join us to learn the ways you can get involved in creating a well-connected New Mexico.

 

Sunday, March 6th

1 - 2pm MST

How will we learn together?

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How will we learn together in the CoP?

  • Participants will get connected via Zoom or phone.

  • There will be some new tools to try: Family Learning software and Flipgrid will help us test connection and connectivity.

  • The receivers actually perform like a cable TV channel in which the CoP will engage the Learners to place videos and content that is related to their learning from homework or through interviews with family members who have a story to tell. Perhaps there is a song to sing, a dance to perform, or a story to read?

  • There will be conversations that happen on a weekly basis over 12 weeks related to observations around connecting and learning at home with datacasting, questions, and ideas from the various groups. 

  • There will be action research groups and social groups based on districts. There will be interest groups based on key areas of focus. Participants will be able to choose where they want to relay the information they have to share.

  • Participants will have tools for sharing their ideas. Creating videos will be encouraged using Flipgrid and cell phones. 

  • Students will have access to Supercomputing Challengers who have a keen interest in working with the DART Team, along with an engineering student from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

  • There will be Activities that people can join. These ideas will emerge from the students, their caretakers, or the teachers who are involved, demonstrating critical thinking and innovation. One Key Activity: developing recipes for the DART Cookbook. 

  • Pods or smaller groups will naturally form. A Pod is a small group interested in collaborating together. It could include students, their parent(s) or grandparent(s), a teacher, facilitator, and a guide; or a group with similar roles. The focus could be related to a theme or special idea to be developed further for the Cookbook.

 

Organic learning happens when we remember what nature has to teach us and that we are all in this together. We learn to trust our seeds of potential, and how to best cultivate the learning; we then cross-pollinate, or collaborate with others who have different roles to play as we learn to appreciate diversity; we learn to regenerate system capacity for positive growth; and we discover the higher purpose of technology. 

In the Pods, we are learning to Trust the Seeds of Potential, by observing and being present to different points of view and by listening to each other as we share what we are learning.

We also believe that: 

  • Youth appreciate being valued by both parents and teachers who are aligned for their success in learning with technology.

  • People appreciate being able to say what they have to say.

  • Making the time to do this project will bring many rewards for all those who participate.

  • Great things can happen when parents/grandparents/caretakers experience being equal partners in the circle.

  • Everyone will build confidence when they witness themselves applying any one and/or all of the skills and co-generating a recipe book.

  • Patience is needed in the discovery phase;  solutions will come together as we continue to communicate possibilities from multiple perspectives.

  • Learning in the community is joy-filled and fun.

Complete the Speed Test

How fast is your internet?

An important part of our research is understanding the internet speeds of our stakeholders from their homes.  This data will help us develop a strategy on how to better serve families in our area. 

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