We recently hosted a free online talk and Q&A with co-founder of Connected Sparks and Director of Experiential Learning at Columbia University on story-driven learning and 21st century classrooms. If you weren’t able to make it, you can find the audio here:

Direct download of audio HERE (“control” click to download MP3)

Some highlights from the call included the following:

  • Lance discussed a four step design process called EDIT which stands for Empathy, Define, Ideate, and Test. Lance and collaborators from learndoshare.net use this process to make collaborative spaces and various learning experiences. Lance also welcomed anyone to join a the online learndoshare community for thinkers & doers using story, play, design & tech to make social impact.
  • Lance discussed his recent project titled Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things, an ongoing prototype developed and run by the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab.
  • Four of the main design principles used and studied in Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things project are: the trace (see yourself in the story); granting agency (engagement); thematic frame (common foundation); social movement/serendipity management (leave room for discovery or experimentation). Lance believes these design principles can be used with great outcomes in a variety of learning opportunities both for lower and higher education.
  • Finally Lance discussed Connected Sparks latest product and experience for K-4th educators called the Lyka’s Adventure Teacher Kit. The kit brings 21st century skills and learning into the classroom with a world traveling huggable robot scientist. Lyka connects classrooms globally and bridges digital and maker learning in the classroom.

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