Smile Because it Happened (more info here) is the latest from Michael Wesch.
Ten university students move into Meadowlark Hills, a retirement community that CBS News calls ‘a new kind of nursing home.’ Unlike traditional nursing homes built on the model of the hospital, Meadowlark is built on the model of community, complete with a ‘downtown’ central hallway that features a bar, theater, cafe, restaurant, and salon. Meadowlark is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and they gave the students a room in the Independent Living portion of the campus to live in for one semester. This is their story.
This is ethnography. This is learning by doing. This is engagement with the community. This is what school should be at all ages.