The Playlists for Learning Challenge is now accepting applications!
Apply here | Deadline: May 13th @ 5pm PST
We’ve put together several online events to help you prepare your application. We hope you can join us for one or more of the following:
Wednesday, April 20 at 1pm EST
How can your team use badges in the design of your playlists? What are the keys to successful connected learning playlist and badge design? Join the DML Competition and LRNG teams as they tackle these questions and yours in an introduction to connected learning playlists and badge design practices and principles.
Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and including “office hours question” in the subject line.
Missed our last webinar? View the archived recording of the first Playlists for Learning Informational webinar to learn more about the Playlists for Learning Competition and how to design connected learning playlists.
Got questions? Connect with DML Competition leadership for a live applicant Q&A session.
Please note that we can not provide specific feedback on individual proposals in process, but will be available to answer general questions about playlists and playlist design, the Competition application process, terms and conditions, etc.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 12-12:30pm ET
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 12-12:30pm ET
Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 1:30-2pm ET
About the Playlists for Learning Challenge
Transform curriculum design and learning for our connected age.
A total of $700,000 in awards will be granted in two funding categories:
Level 1: awards up to $50,000
Level 2: awards from $50,000 to $125,000
DML Competition 6 will accept applications beginning April 4, 2016. Final applications are due May 13, 2016 at 5pm PST. Winners will be announced in late July 2016.
Former DML Competition winners are eligible to apply. For full information and to apply, visit dmlcompetition.net.
The sixth and final DML Competition -- Playlists for Learning -- encourages proposals that promote creative, interest-driven playlists that advance connected learning opportunities for youth ages 13 and up. Successful applicants will create innovative and transformative learning playlists composed of existing or newly created learning resources and experiences that bring proven connected learning activities and events to scale. Proposed learning should be made verifiable and credible with the use of digital badges.
A connected learning playlist is a curated group of digital and local connected learning experiences and resources (e.g. videos, websites, books, games, articles, etc.). A playlist weaves together these learning experiences and resources into a sequenced pathway centered on a common theme. They broaden opportunities to engage in cohesive, interest-driven connected learning experiences that combine in-school, out-of-school, employer-based, and online learning.
Curious if you should apply? Check out these hypothetical examples:
Example: Math, Engineering, and Physics
A school district in a rural town creates a playlist to supplement traditional high school in-class physics and mathematics curricula. Designed to walk students through the creation of a Rube Goldberg machine, the playlist provides opportunities for students to deepen in-class learning and demonstrate skills through the completion of a series of sequenced learning modules hosted on the district’s online learning platform. Digital content modules address research methodologies for ideation, online physics, mathematics, and engineering principles, as well as providing a guide for model development, prototyping, and product pitching. District-wide, in-class maker labs that invite external community design resources round out the playlist, offering opportunities for peer collaboration and team building and effectively connecting school-based practices to resources, institutions, and opportunities beyond the school’s walls. The playlist culminates in a district-wide competition where students pitch a working prototype of their machine to a jury of professional creative practitioners that will offer feedback and awards for especially noteworthy productions.
A non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organization has created a cyber-bullying toolkit targeted to high schoolers. They hope that creating an online playlist will substantially broaden their reach and impact, enabling them to reach a national audience. Playlist development, which involves youth participants as playlist co-designers, includes the digitization of an existing toolkit curriculum that explains individual rights and legal protections for LGBTQ youth; addresses how to protect privacy online, controls digital footprints, and navigates the web safely; considers what constitutes cyberbullying and offers strategies for what to do if youth experience it; and provides support resources for bullied youth.
In addition to sequencing the online curriculum, the playlist also includes a series of online peer discussions moderated by professional youth advocacy experts where learners consider specific fictional scenarios and solutions and engage in dialog around shared experiences. The culmination of these online events is a collaborative storytelling and video production module that enables youth to design and create a series of videos that provide tips on how to identify, combat, and cope with cyber-bullying and offers peer guidance on how to be a strong ally to LGBTQ peers. These videos are designed to demonstrate learning and are also incorporated into the playlist curricula, becoming key resources for future learners. Optional related playlists include a sequenced guide to creating a LGBTQ-straight alliance in school and a playlist for straight students on how to be an effective ally for LGBTQ youth. Completion of the playlist deepens digital literacies on how to navigate the web safely and in privacy-protecting ways; introduces important legal concepts; teaches video production and storytelling skills; and encourages learners to interact collaboratively with peers and mentors to put web resources to good social and civic purpose that promotes a culture of civility, equality and respect online.
As part of a city-wide summer learning program dedicated to STEAM programming, five museums coordinate their learning content around the topic of water under the theme, “Blue Planet,” and create a series of digital badges that mark learning pathways through this content. Each museum develops a playlist that represents distinct approaches to the Blue Planet theme: a museum that specializes in art walks youth through photo and video production as they tell different stories about water; the natural history museum focuses on curriculum aligned to National Science Education Standards; a third museum has a dedicated engineering track where youth build structures to direct and contain water; a history museum runs a young adult science fiction and dystopian writer’s camp with a focus on climate change; and the aquarium offers a claymation workshop where youth create sea creatures and stop motion video shorts featuring their creations. Different curricula are adapted to two age groups: middle school and high school. Learners can complete one playlist and earn a digital badge, or complete all five playlists to earn the final Blue Planet badge. At the end of the summer, youth can present their work at a Blue Planet festival that celebrates youth creativity and innovation in the arts and sciences. Blue Planet badge earners are invited to come back and work as interns.
More examples available at dmlcompetition.net/playlists-for-learning/examples/