The Future(S) Of Education Project Presentation For The Un Nov 2008


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The Future(S) Of Education Project Presentation For The Un Nov 2008

  1. 1. Overview Nov 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Education as we know it, with classrooms, rows of desks and teacher/curriculum driven choices developed with the industrial revolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was perfect when we needed to help unruly farm kids, newly arrived with their families in cities, prepare for work in factories with hierarchical decision making </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Future(s) project asks, “How do we redesign this basic model for the world our children today will inherit?” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Global awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Self directed learning/team cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Individual leadership/open source development </li></ul><ul><li>Networked learning on a global scale </li></ul><ul><li>Internet/mobile technologies for almost instant international communication </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity in the face of adaptive challenge </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Reasoning that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultures differ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constraints on access to technology differ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relative wealth/poverty/amount of resources differ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlooks on the important values in life differ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Therefore the designs implemented need to address the new considerations yet be flexible to these differences </li></ul><ul><li>Only people living in the context can understand the subtle forces in place </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Using the power of the social web to network both “experts” and participatory groups together. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory groups have access to current understanding of the issues, help obtaining funding to implement ideas and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network members have access to diverse local thinking to enlarge their understanding of the constraints on education in a global context </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a process through which teams of people discover, take action, measure the results of their actions and reflect on their progress towards a common goal. It has proven itself as a way and means through which participatory teams can solve local complex issues while providing input to national and international leaders (James, Milenkiewicz, & Bucknam, 2008)
  7. 7. Time Action July 2008 Project design implementation begins/ first network participants are invited and express interest August 2008 University educators express interest, first local team leaders for participatory sites are recruited September 2008 Website is built October 2008 First grant is written to support: an initial think tank meeting and technical assistance for participatory sites November 2008 Meetings begin with large international groups to discuss the project and encourage networking and participation
  8. 8. Time Development December 2008 Potential site leaders are contacted January-March 2009 First participatory local team meetings begin – training as to how to use website/social platforms for discussion and interaction begin April-June 2009 Fundraising efforts continue as sites meet, discuss and report back on initial ideas and understandings First challenges are overcome First funds are received July-September 2009 All ongoing efforts continue First participatory site design plans solidify Technical assistance begins to work with local education agencies and corporate sponsors to fund pilot efforts October-December 2009 Efforts on all fronts continue The project begins to be known on a broader scale 2010 Implementation begins of pilot designs for the Future of Education
  9. 9. <ul><li>Broadcast this opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Join the network yourself and participate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add to our body of knowledge and ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start a participatory team in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Connect us to people you know who are interested in education </li></ul><ul><li>Connect us to people who have funds </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>New designs for education emerge and are tested </li></ul><ul><li>Increased input from students and communities in educational designs </li></ul><ul><li>Increased understanding of the ways and means web based tools affect these designs </li></ul><ul><li>International growth towards a new paradigm for education </li></ul><ul><li>Fun & interesting interactions with others </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The role of the leader is changing. The new role is to help people face reality and to mobilize them to make change. Exercising leadership generates resistance -- and pain. People are afraid that they will lose something that's worthwhile. They're afraid that they're going to have to give up something that they're comfortable with. </li></ul><ul><li>(Heifetz , 1999) </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>353-21-470-6990 </li></ul>