Knowing with New Media

When a raft-metaphor is used for understanding
the Ripples model,
it can be said that:

1. The Ripples' life-smart raft of skills is built
on the following principles:

• knower as a steer-person of their knowledge-production

• natural and constructed life-reconnectivity

• inquiry-based learning

2. The 'knowing raft' is assembled with such interrelated parts as:

• self-reflection

• multimodality

• collaboration

• distributed agency

• DIY creativity.

3. It is guided by the principles of:

• control and regulation with bricolage

• communication with cinematic writing

The Ripples pedagogical model is formed on the assumption that reconnected learning occurs in a learning context, where:

     a) the knower is at the centre of their knowing process;
     that is, he/she:

  • is intrinsically motivated
  • acts upon his/her existing knowledge
  • builds on his/her innate creative abilities
  • uses personal digital devices as tools of knowledge-production
  • cultivates his/her personal agency towards asserting themselves within a learning group and larger community
  • generates knowledge in collaboration with others.

b) the knower is acting on their agentic self, reconnecting themselves with natural, socio-cultural and digital environments using an inquiry-based approach. That is, generating data, representing meaning-making and distributing their knowledge within a larger community with the purpose of making positive change.

The Ripples' learning is activated by an engagement in:

  • self-reflective collaborative practices
  • use of multimodal, that is natural digital, resources
  • representing meaning-making by principles of DIY creativity
  • maintaining balance of agency between the student teacher group(s) tools of productions environments.

These dynamic interactions are set in motion by constructive critical analysis thus engendering ongoing feedback loops in the process of knowledge production self-design.

This can be framed in the aphorism 'nature is nurtured'. which is the fundamental guideline in the Ripples' reconnected learning.
On one hand, it proposes to build learning opportunities on the recognition of students’ natural abilities and interests.

On the other, it encourages students’ expansion towards collective knowledge, application of strategies and exploration of cultural tools that are unfamiliar to the knower. The intertwining of these two aspects of the learning process results in the process of self-design.

Thereby, the process not only constructs knowledge specific to self-identity but also engineers an individual cluster – smart-raft – of skills and strategies for confident and effective navigation in life-changing circumstances.




This video explains a widely accepted set of life-skills essential for the 21st century, often referred to as
the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

The Ripples' learning takes its roots from 4Cs’ cluster.
It integrates them with other essential skills and forms
a model for the development of an individual
life-smart raft.

What are the 4Cs?

Common Sense Education (July, 2016)

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