Schools, organizations and businesses participated in “Remake Learning” week from April 12 through April 20, offering a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for children and families to learn and work together.
Remake Learning, established in 2007, originated in response to the emerging reality that youth in the digital age are pursuing knowledge, developing their identities and seeking support differently, according to Tracy Tackett, Big Sandy Remake Learning coordinator and director of digital literacy at Bit Source. Acknowledging the significance of this shift, she said, the founding members of the Remake Learning Network in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, sought to help educators connect with youth and develop learning experiences that engage them and equip them with knowledge and skills that are relevant to the world in which they live.
“The movement has just grown from there,” she said. “Although this is the first year the Big Sandy region has participated, we were able to work with more than 250 partners to open their doors for 72 official learning events from Somerset to Elkhorn City as well as other Remake Learning events taking place that forgot to register as part of our network.”
From “Science Night” at the East Kentucky Science Center in Prestonsburg, painting with local artist Chris Epling at the Mountain Arts Center and an Easter Story and Egg Hunt at the Floyd County Public Library, Floyd County children and families took part in the opportunities presented at no cost, thanks to a grant from Kentucky Educational Television.
“The future of work in Appalachia must continue to evolve and grow. My Bit Source work in digital literacy and computational thinking is focused toward increasing opportunities for students, schools and educational organizations in the area,” said Tackett. “Working with Verizon Innovative Learning, Remake Learning Days and higher education organizations such as MIT and CMU has shown me what is possible for our region. I’m super excited about the future.”