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Envision the School Day of the Future

  By all accounts, the education community is in the midst of a profound shift, straddling between the constraints of its legacy while pushing for much-needed change. Part of the anxiety around these changes is the uncertainty of the future. No one wants to experiment with the welfare of our kids, but at the same … Continue reading Envision the School Day of the Future →

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School Day of the Future: Learning in 2025

What will a typical school day in the year 2020 (or beyond) look like? How and where will kids learn? What will be the role of the teacher, the parent, the education community? Over the coming weeks, I’ll post responses from respected authorities on the field byway of articles, video interviews, and innovative projects. We’ll … Continue reading School Day of the Future: Learning in 2025 →

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Work or Fun? The Future School Day Blurs the Boundary

When kids are having fun, they don’t even realize they’re working. The learning process happens organically: curiosity is piqued, and their quest to learn is turned on like a light switch. Off they go. Dr. Sugata Mitra’s vision of the future school day revolves around the flip of that switch. And everything in his experience, … Continue reading Work or Fun? The Future School Day Blurs the Boundary →

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Future School Day Should Be Based on the Real World

Continuing the series on the future school day, here’s how Rob Lippincott, PBS Senior Vice President, Education, believes the ideal should be. Learning is a dynamic, just-in-time, fully interactive set of experiences that add up to life. We are ALL learning at ALL times. Schooling is a societal structure designed to accomplish a frustratingly amorphous … Continue reading Future School Day Should Be Based on the Real World →

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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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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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