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School Day of the Future

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?

When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb. It wasn’t anywhere close to being conceived at all. Neither was Wikipedia or the iPhone or YouTube. We made decisions about our future employment based on what we knew existed at the time. We would become … Continue reading How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? →

A Glimpse into Future Schools

Education Next’s report on five schools that exemplify the model of the future school includes the Denver School of Science and Technology and Carpe Diem Collegiate High School. Here’s an excerpt from the comprehensive article written by Jonathan Schorr and Deborah McGriff. Future Schools: Blending face-to-face and online learning DSST Public Schools The constant, real-time … Continue reading A Glimpse into Future Schools →

A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible

Make Your Own List. Make Your Own Future. The article “21 Things That Will be Obsolete in 2020” has elicited a range of responses from readers. One describes a school where much of the predictions are already happening, while others convey serious doubt that any of these will come to fruition — whether it’s due … Continue reading A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible →

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

Flickr: Corey Leopold Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition. [Update: … Continue reading 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 →

The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

Unpredictable, inconsistent, and designed to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development. Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps educators use design tools and methods to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their … Continue reading The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED →

Learning Plan Travels With Student in the Future School Day

In the ideal future school day, learning will happen wherever the student happens to be. And with the benefit of a device that carries each student’s learning plan, that place might not necessarily be school, says Michael Hatcher assistant principal of West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, Calif. Hatcher spoke to me at the Big … Continue reading Learning Plan Travels With Student in the Future School Day →

Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day

Different levels of experience and expertise create a vibrant learning environment. Joe Ross leads the California region of Citizen Schools, a nonprofit that partners with middle schools to expand and re-imagine the learning day for low-income children. The organization draws thousands of volunteers into classrooms every year to teach 10-week “apprenticeship” courses where students learn … Continue reading Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day →

Love of Reading Sparked by Love of Subject in the Future School Day

Flickr:FontFont Innovative educator Lisa Nielsen has been working toward the ideal school day of the future for a while now. In her inspirational blog, she pushes the boundaries of traditional ideas about progress, thinking ten steps ahead while being firmly grounded in today’s realities. When I asked her about her ideas the future school day, … Continue reading Love of Reading Sparked by Love of Subject in the Future School Day →

Students Will Build Their Own Future School

For Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire — the personification of the do-it-yourself movement — the future school day combines learning with doing. Dougherty has spent at least the last decade preaching the invaluable benefits of making things by hand. The reason is simple: you’ll learn more about it — whatever it is — if … Continue reading Students Will Build Their Own Future School →

Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating

Salman Khan has an idea or two about what the future school day should be. In fact, the founder of Khan Academy — a series of thousands of YouTube videos that teach everything from calculus to the French Revolution — is working on making it happen as we speak. It goes something like this: Every … Continue reading Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating →

Learning Happens Everywhere in the Future School Day

Flickr:NMCSecondLife Virtual Learning is seamlessly available to connect students to each other, to their learning guides, to experiential learning, to content, and to other mentors and learners around the world. Clearly, I’m not the first or only one who’s given thought to the notion of the idealized school day of the future. I’ve gotten some … Continue reading Learning Happens Everywhere in the Future School Day →

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

The U.S. Department of Education has a clear vision of what the future school day should be. That’s apparent from my interviews with Karen Cator, the director of education technology. It’s also clearly outlined by the department’s deputy director Steve Midgley. I asked Midgley to spell out his thoughts about the topic. I think if … Continue reading Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future →

Students Learn at Their Own Pace in the Future School Day

School of One Each student learns at his or her own pace in the ideal school day of the future, according to Christopher Rush, co-founder of the School of One. In practice, this is already happening with the New York school pilot program. A student arrives in school in the morning and answers five questions … Continue reading Students Learn at Their Own Pace in the Future School Day →

Future School Day Encourages Exploration

A vision of the school day of the future from Curtis Wong, principal researcher at Microsoft focusing on interaction, media, and visualization technologies. Wong has authored more than 45 patents pending in areas such as interactive television, media browsing, visualization, search, gaming and learning. Wong worked on Project Tuva, which links the lectures of Nobel … Continue reading Future School Day Encourages Exploration →

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