Communities of Learning: Mapping,
Moving, and Discovering across Contexts

eeLocation: Salon 3
This is an expertise exchange in the Cyberlearning 2017 Expertise Exchange session

Lauren Birney, PACE University
Andres Henriquez, New York Hall of Science
Katie Headrick Taylor, University of Washington

Mapping, and understanding related technologies, is quickly becoming a new kind of civic literacy for participating in community-level problem-solving. Our current design study is looking at how two groups of urban youth collect data about and map their communities using mobile and location aware technologies, and how these data support educators to better understand the places in which students live. Users of these tools can easily map community assets for learning (e.g., library, community center), deficits to learning (e.g., no safe routes to school), and new learning opportunities (e.g., a developing community garden). Educators need these kind of data to create curricula and other educational experiences that are relevant to the young people they teach; community-based, data-driven curricula build upon the assets, opportunities, and problems that exist within communities that are important to address in educational settings. Participants in this expertise exchange are asked to bring a “live” community-scale issue with them as an impetus for doing design work.