Simple?

This is probably too simple.

My belief is that we (my colleagues and I) should make/find interesting things.

We should publish them online in a way that integrates these interesting things into the frameworks that govern the lives of our teachers (pacing guides, curricular frameworks, state standards).

Associated with each interesting thing should be the option to expand outward into the rationale behind its selection/construction and/or towards the tools of its construction.

I think this does at least two interesting things. It forces a deliberate rationalization and explanation of what you’re building/linking in and a transparency for the user to see those thoughts and perhaps shape how they think about the media/tools/lesson plans.

This framework also provides an example and the tools to make/manipulate what you see. It should be empowering- kind of a “if you like this . . . ” here are the tools to build your own.

In both these cases, the instructional rationales and the tutorials on the tools should be fairly common between a wide range of media objects. I’m also hoping they’ll grow organically over time with people adding nuance and depth to various sections as needed.

I’m not entirely clear on decent ways to have elements of this happen automatically- similar to the way associated posts occur on some sites. It may be that it is just a manual association and maybe there’s value in that if people will do it. It often seems a very fine line between automatic association and its penalties and the negative impact of doing things manually.

 

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