Scale it sideways!

Scale it sideways!

Just as wise investors diversify their investment portfolio, so should we build diverse portfolios of our schools. This means that we should not invest too heavily in any one strategy. If we do not know with any precision what the future will be, we cannot have one-size-fits-all schools. We need to expand our ecologies of options.

FORGET SCALING UP.

WE NEED TO SCALE SIDEWAYS IN EDUCATION.

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Roger Schank on Invisible Learning: Real learning; real memory

Roger Schank on Invisible Learning: Real learning; real memory

Real learning; Real memory

by Roger Schank

What do people need to learn and how can they learn it?

Every curriculum committee and every training organization has at one time or another convened a committee to answer this question. Their answers are always given in terms of telling about subjects: “more math,” “leadership,” “risk management,” “company policies.” But subject matter is far less important in learning than one might think.

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Invisible Learning: Now free

Invisible Learning: Now free

Cristóbal Cobo and I are pleased to announce that the Spanish edition of Invisible Learning (Aprendizaje Invisible) is now released as a free PDF download.

You can download the book at http://www.invisiblelearning.com/download

We are thankful to Hugo Pardo Kuklinski for arranging for this free release, and permitting the volume to be published under a Creative Commons license — meaning that you are invited to share and remix this work.

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Classroom of the future? A response

Classroom of the future? A response

Instead of using these tools to teach centuries-old subject matter, perhaps we should instead use them to help us develop meaningful skills and personal knowledge — and to enhance our capacities to imagine, create, and innovate.

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Uffe Elbaek on social entrepreneurship

Uffe Elbaek on social entrepreneurship

Uffe Elbæk is a social entrepreneur, politician, and cultural leader in Denmark. In his knowmadic career so far, he founded the KaosPilots school in Århus, organized the World Outgames 2009, and the Change the Game consultancy. Currently, Uffe is running for a seat in the…

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Bulgarian students dream about future schools

Bulgarian students dream about future schools

As we shared earlier, Project Dream School started with a simple question: If you could build a dream school, what would you do?

This morning, I received some inspiring ideas. [...]

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Review: 2011 state of the future

Review: 2011 state of the future

Book: 2011 state of the future Authors: Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, and Elizabeth Florescu Publisher: The Millennium Project (August, 2011) Released last week, the Millennium Project’s 2011 state of the future report contains a sobering warning that: The world is getting richer, healthier,…

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2011 Educators’ Choice Awards: An Adobe reboot?

2011 Educators’ Choice Awards: An Adobe reboot?

Make no mistake. Adobe makes great products. But, it is hard for educators and students to connect with them. First, the company produces professional-grade tools (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.), and, as a result, they are very expensive for resource-starved institutions to purchase (even…

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Matching learning to the real world: Forget the box!

Matching learning to the real world: Forget the box!

I met up with Ali Hossaini in Amsterdam and Noordwijk earlier this month. In this short interview we made, Ali states that “to think out of the box, you have to start out of the box, and we’re not letting people leave it right now in the current educational institutions.” He advocates for approaches to learning that are collaborative and reflective of real world problem solving that allow people to become experts on the fly (and not just in business, but art, academia, etc.). The development of creative thinking, he argues, is one thing that Western educational institutions could develop as their competitive advantage.

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Do it yourself – do it together

Do it yourself – do it together

A couple weeks ago, I had an opportunity to visit the Waag Society in Amsterdam. I visited with Keimpe de Heer, director of the Creative Learning Lab, which is focused on innovation in education. Paired with a Fab Lab, they aim to develop the community they serve into producers of imaginative, creative and innovative outputs — not just consumers.

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