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1) Who and where are you? Please comment in the guestbook below. Feel free to share links to relevant projects in the comments section.

2) Click here to see what students have to say.

3) Are you familiar with the difference between the Scientific Method and the Engineering Design Process? Are your students?

4) You believe that games can be used to tackle serious problems in society (link to louisiana section) and you want to know how to implement such a program in the classroom (link to Game Camp).

5) You’re not yet convinced but want to know more?

6) Educators are under pressure to change quickly in destabilizing environments, but you never thought robots in the classroom would be among the issues.

7) What is the value of exploring virtual worlds?

8) Students can visit a virtual version of Ancient Mesopotamia modeled after authentic archeological finds from the physical world.

9) How can educators connect with a local, regional, national or global education community via social media?

10) What grants are available for educators?

11) Students need to be prepared for 21st century skills.

12) All fifty states in the United States are struggling with various crises and at the same time educators are expected to meet the sudden demands of the modern education and work environment. Instead of waiting too long to start experimenting, Iowa is taking the first steps toward a new approach.

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  1. Great website! It’s time to combine design and creative thinking to solve the larger problems of the world, and you are creatively looking into just that. Kudos!

  2. Jane says:

    Hi!
    This sounds like a great project. I grew up in Louisiana (excited to hear such a project happening in LA), but am now in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer. I’ve been trying to get my students to help design games for learning English. It’s hard getting them to think outside the box of copying text and other ways of learning that they’ve been exposed to all their life though. I’m looking forward to exploring this site for ideas and such. Thanks!

  3. Elena Stateva says:

    Hi! I would like to share the visions of seven Bulgarian students (ages 15-18) about their DREAM SCHOOL of their FUTURE (Projects). Inspired by the “Creating Future Today” initiative, they imagined and constructed schools from words, challenging the accepted conventions during their summer school Philosophy classes.

    ~ Thankfully, their teacher.

    And the floor is all yours:

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    PROJECT: “JUST A DREAM”
    Creators: Radoslav Asparuhov, Daniel Rashin
    Just a Dream is a school made of technologies, but not only about technology. It places a very high value on the potential of technology to transform the ways we see education. As full-fledged citizens of our dynamic modernity, students at Just a Dream are extensively trained how to use technology in the most innovative and effective way. For example, sculptures and other three-dimensional figures are created on computers, thus enabling students to develop their spatial and analytical intelligences. Top-notch technological innovations render the school one of the pioneers of knowmadic thinking.
    Furthermore, Just a Dream gives students the crucial opportunity to have a practical go at their field. Relevant internships at successful companies are provided to each student, through a wide a range of sponsors. The sponsorship by highly acclaimed names in the business makes it possible for the students to go to school and use their modern facilities practically for free. In fact, these companies often recruit graduates from Just a Dream as the most prepared professionals.
    In addition, Just a Dream is a school which recognizes extracurricular activities, within and outside the professional field, as essential to students’ academic and personal growth. Therefore, school trips are regularly organized, featuring exciting destinations in the country and abroad.

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    PROJECT: “MY DREAM SCHOOL”
    Creators: Victoria Ivanova, Magdalena Kostadinova, Blagovest Pilarski
    My Dream School is a unique institution, notable for its out-of-the-box, ground-breaking philosophy. Using a student-centered approach, which values what really is best for the student (and not for the administration, for example), My Dream School incorporates a wide range of fundamental practices. Combining the arts and technologies, students experience a comprehensive headstart to their professional careers. All subjects are taught in a way, which does not stifle student’s ideas, but on the contrary – encourages students to have their own opinion. Thus, My Dream School stimulates its student body to be active citizens, able to think critically about the world around them, instead of following blindly the leaders of today.
    Moreover, My Dream School defines the term “revolutionary”, with its grade-less system and robotized teacher collective. Originating from the notion of boosting motivation internally (as opposed to externally, which is often the case), My Dream School has removed assessment completely, allowing its scholars to pursue knowledge itself, and not just good grades. The replacement of teachers by robots has further contributed to the establishment of an objective, knowledge- and skill-oriented classroom, free of discrimination and favoritism. Thus, students can learn in a safe, conflict-free and thought- provoking environment.
    In addition, My Dream School puts great emphasis on the connection between learning and nature. During the weekends, students can enjoy environmental activities, such as hiking in the mountains, which build up mind and body together. The beautiful parks surrounding the school are themselves a source of relaxation, inspiration and energy.

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    PROJECT: “ART SCHOOL”
    Creators: Elena Kehayova, Dafina Nedeva
    The name of this school – Art School – already speaks a lot about its fundamental values. And yet, the Art School is much more than a school about art. It is a school where students go not only to grow in the direction of their talent, but where they actually find their talent and grow as a whole person. At Art School only the core subjects are obligatory – Literature, Math, Foreign Languages. The other subjects are a matter of preference: each student has the right to choose every part of their education. This freedom allows the students to explore their interests, inclinations and talents, to strengthen them or create them. Creativity – this is the key word which this school emanates through all its elements – from its facilities, to its curriculum, and of course – its teachers. The teaching collective is distinguished with its sharp eye to talent, broad mind for creativity and liberal view on individuality.
    In addition to its exceptional creativity, Art School prides itself with a policy which preserves equality and prevents discrimination. Everybody at Art School is regarded equally, as an equal member of the school community.

  4. cteasley says:

    “Creating the Future Today” is asking many of the questions my school grapples with this year. Seeking a strategic vision for the work of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a tough and exciting prospect.
    “Imagination: Creating the Future of Education and Work” offers much food for thought! Thanks for a great site and I look forward to seeing how it evolves and how we might incorporate the ideas offered at SAS.

    Christi Teasley
    St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School,
    Sewanee, Tennessee USA

  5. John Glasgow says:

    First, I would like to congratulate you on the creation of such a great resource site; truly excellent work!

    My name is John Glasgow, and my company CEDS is based in Guatemala. I am also the president of the Education and Training Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce here in Guatemala and am actively involved in educational issues in our country and our region.

    In May of this year, we launched ARU, a free on-line English language learning community focused on learners in Latin America. ARU combines language learning modules with business simulations, projects and roleplays and social learning tools (forums, group video conferencing, chat, and social networking). A large part of our community interaction is also based on the use of game mechanics for learning. I thought it may be interesting for you to see how we put many of the elements you discuss on your site into practice. Currently we have over 7000 members in our community and we are working with NGOs to help them use the platform in their educational programs. If you would like to learn more about ARU, you can visit us at http://www.aruamericas.com.

    Again, thanks for the great site. We will be sharing with our community of educators here!

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