Students now – know moreStudents know more about the problems facing the world today then ever before.They are also more ready to take action.A panacea now – not a chanceNo one solution will fix all our problems.Teachers now - oracles versus facilitators Teachers now are less useful as oracles of information (thanks to Google) and more useful as facilitators of processes.Communities now – countless solutionsCountless solutions are being implemented right now, and done well, in communities all around the world.Too many wheels are being reinvented.
http://xkcd.com/669/ XKCD Rocks! (their cc-by-nc license http://xkcd.com/license.html)Appropedia helps:release the vacuum assumption by bringing the context of the pressing needs, and amazing resources, of the global community.peel back the frictionless assumption by providing traction for the spinning wheels of the students… so that their work does not just sit on a shelf, but instead informs and interacts with a community.
Potawot – Amazing Native American health village. No information was available about it before. Now its pages, documented by students, have been viewed over 25,000 times.
The Language Educator October 2008
Appropedia’s Vision:Our vision is that all of humanity is able to work together developing and realizing rich, sustainable lives. We build the infrastructure, and help make the connections and populate free content to effect that vision. We provide the living resource library of individuals and organizations working towards a sustainable, healthier future, so that efforts can be spent evolving instead of duplicating past efforts. To effect that mission we promote and manage the web infrastructure that gives tools to share sustainable solution.
We do that because we like to see better wheels built by learning from each other.
In a given month all but a few countries visitAppropedia. While some countries only have a few dozen visitors, they often view a lot of pages per person.
We see systems like the Old Growth Cellars Rainwater Catchment, which has only seen 5,000 page views, but has been recreated around Mexico and the United States. We see systems like the solar lawnmower which has inspired and befuddled through its over 85,000 pageviews.These two examples:http://www.appropedia.org/Old_Growth_Cellar_rainwater_catchment 5,000 views - replicated and adapted around the US and Mexico.http://www.appropedia.org/Solar_Charged_Lawnmower 85,000 viewsMore examples:http://www.appropedia.org/CCAT_Wash_n_Flush 17,000 viewshttp://www.appropedia.org/Photovoltaic_vaccine_refrigeration_at_Centro_De_Salud 8,000 views
http://www.appropedia.org/Home_biogas_system_(Philippine_BioDigesters) We see systems like GP Baron’s biogas digestor which languished on a web-server for a few years with little traffic or movement. After posting it to Appropedia, with the help of Mel Chau, he has had over 55,000 views and enough re-creations/feedback to evolve a new model.
See http://www.appropedia.org/Coursework for some ideas.
Students And Appropedia
Appropedia and Students<br />bringing context and traction<br />
Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. <br />Students now: know more<br />A panacea now: not a chance<br />Teachers now: oracles versus facilitators <br />Communities now: countless solutions<br />
Ways Students Engage<br />Document existing projects - Potawot (HSU)<br />Coordinate projects - Retrofit Streetlights (Clarion University, Pennsylvania)<br />Collaboratively research - Green Materials (Queens College, Canada)<br />Document own project designs - IDDS (MIT)<br />
Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />“Working on Appropedia was an experience of a lifetime. The site increased my knowledge of sustainable development greatly and expanded my understanding of the German language. Everyone should get involved in this site.” (Source: The Language Educator)<br />
More than Academia<br />Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives<br />Vibrant Community:<br /><ul><li>Thousands of visits a day
Over 13 million page views</li></li></ul><li>Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />http://www.thefullbellyproject.org/<br />“HELLO mer Lonny ! [I] am really involving and searching solution, to the positive idea to help women in Harare who suffered, by decorticating peanut shell by hands, stones, teeth. This ANCIENT METHOD perturbed my human senses. To telling you the truth, when I am founding this page, my feeling is like, I got THEIR SOLUTION... “TefferaTesfaye, Zimbabwean Father of five<br />
More than Academia<br />January 13th to February 13th, 2010<br />Missing Central African Republic,Somalia, Western Sahara, Turkmenistan, Serbia, North Korea and Greenland<br />
Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />Winery Rainwater – Solar Lawn Mower<br />Replicated around North America – Over 85,000 page views<br />
Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />PhilippineBioDigester<br />From obscurity to 55,000 views and an updated model <br />
Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />what are you going to do?<br />