School Day of the Future

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

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

| August 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

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 […]

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A Glimpse into Future Schools

A Glimpse into Future Schools

| March 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible

A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible

| March 14, 2011 | 21 Comments

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 […]

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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

| March 2, 2011 | 432 Comments

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: […]

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The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

| February 22, 2011 | 19 Comments

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 […]

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Learning Plan Travels With Student in the Future School Day

Learning Plan Travels With Student in the Future School Day

| February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day

Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day

| February 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| February 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

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, […]

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Students Will Build Their Own Future School

Students Will Build Their Own Future School

| January 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| January 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

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 […]

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