Oct 25, 2012

Fall CUE - Supercharged Learners

I am honored and excited to speak at the Fall CUE conference this Friday with Chris Scott, rockstar teacher at SantaYnes School October 26th.
The session title, is, What Would Google Do in Your Classroom? If the top innovators of the world were to make students 21st Century Ready and Fully Engaged, what would that look like? I am excited to share with the many innovative educators at CUE, and I know I will leave inspired and engaged after talking with such inspirational people.

If you are going to CUE, join Chris and I at 1:15pm, Friday, October 26th.


Oct 24, 2012

Agile Learning Infographic

Agile Learning Infographic

Agile Learning is inspired by Agile product development principles and methods, with Scrum having the most influence. Although it is inspired by Agile, it is not dictated or confined by it. In many ways, the Agile terms are a barrier for educators in its adoption.

I have attempted to develop, with fellow educators, its own characteristics, personality, terms, and attributes as Agile is transplanted in the soil of education. In the infographic, a metaphor of flowing water emerged, with differing containers based on the context. The larger items are buckets, the smaller are cups, decomposing all the way down to drops of "Tasklets" the classroom moves through to learned.

I am sure I need to iterate this more to simplify and clarify the process. Thanks to Chris Scott and Evan Moore for helping me to clarify and simplify, and coming up with the idea of Buckets, which inspired the rest of the metaphor, from Cups to droplets of tasks, I call "Tasklets".

I will post a greater detailed description of the process for educators soon.

I really appreciate any feedback, as comments on this blog or emails to me.  This is my first try at an infographic, and please let me know your thoughts, especially educators, students, and parents. What does the infographic tell you about the process? 

Download as a PDF:
Original (Skinny)
Stretched Version

Note, I used Piktochart.com to develop this. I discovered it today and it is pretty amazing, except that the image size is a bit skinny.

Thank You ,
John Miller

Oct 23, 2012

Essence of Agile Learning

I am often asked, what exactly is Agile Learning in one or two sentences. This has stumped me, as, I have always had trouble explaining the real power and eloquence behind it, and fall back on, "You have to experience it to really understand it".
Second best is seeing videos of it in action.
Unfortunately, some I speak to do not have the time at them point.

Here is my best attempt thus far in explaining the essence of Agile Based Learning Environments.

"A stabilizing rhythm self-organized learners dance to, within which 21st century skills, character, and love of learning naturally emerge."

Thanks for reading, your feedback is always valued.

John Miller
Vibrant Lives, Work, Communities, and Schools

Oct 18, 2012

Student Scrum Board

Student Team Scrum Board Example. Feel Free to download and print as a poster for your students. More details to come.

Real Life Examples

More details to come : )

Download your Student Scrum Board here .

Oct 16, 2012

Agile Learning Objective Board

An example of a ABLE (Agile Based Learning Environment) board for teacher teams to collaboratively develop learning objectives. More details to come. Please comment.

This could also be used by students to develop their own Learning Outcomes for a classroom that is self-directed.


Linking Levels, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
Jenny Moon, Exeter University

Oct 15, 2012

Classroom Agile Board

Agile Based Learning Environment (ABLE) Classroom Board Example. More details to come.

Classroom Example