15 Nov 2015

Painting a picture of Agile Learning Centers

in 21st Century Learning, Agile Learning Centers, Learning
[Tomis Parker gets co-writing credit for this as he made the inital draft for something that we were working on.  But after re-arranging some things and editing, I felt like it was worth posting here too.]
At the core of the Agile Learning Centers project is a paradigm shift from a consumptive education to a proactive one -- a co-creative educational model that puts students in the driver’s seat of the process. Mainstream school is designed to train children for a world that no longer exists.
05 Nov 2015

ALCs as NextGen Self-Directed Learning (Pt.1)

in Agile Learning Centers, Education, Learning

[Still a draft, but it's time to post these first 7 pages (Part 1 of 2)]

Since the first Agile Learning Center was built from the ashes of a dying Free School, a number of our tools were developed specifically to address common challenges which Free Schools face. We’ve also had similar or even more striking positive results from other Free Schools using ALC tools which has led them to switch over to become an Agile Learning Center.

09 Nov 2014

Stream of Consciousness Writing

in Learning, Self-expression, Sharing, Writing

Often, when I try to sit and write, I have challenges...

One challenge is a strange kind writer’s block that I think of as “bottlenecking.” I have so many ideas about what to write about trying to fight their way to the surface, yet I only have one set of hands to type with.

06 Nov 2014

Those Kids and Their Darn Gadgets <grumble...grumble>

in Agile Learning Centers, Digital Literacy, Education, Evolution, Learning, Learning Cycles

I consistently hear these sorts of complaints a lot from parents, grandparents, and random adults on Facebook bemoaning the decline of a sort of basic decency among today’s youth.

  • “Kids today are addicted to being on their damn electronic devices.”
  • “Kids don’t even learn proper spelling or grammar with their stupid text speak.”
  • “Video games and smartphones are like crack for young minds.”
  • “Kids today aren’t learning necessary social skills since they won’t pull their noses out of their devices.”