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Zen Un Presentation

Second draft of presentation meant to be a capstone rather than a lead in at the UN meeting(s) next week.

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Zen Un Presentation

  1. 1. Overview Nov 2008
  2. 2. <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>Student motivation is down </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in technology is up </li></ul><ul><li>Access in schools is haphazard </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum varies </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Creativity in the face of adaptive challenges </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Reasoning that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultures differ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to technology differs </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>Only the people who live there know how to design for those specifics </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Participatory Action Research (PAR) </li></ul><ul><li> In which people: </li></ul><ul><li>Discover, </li></ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the results of their actions </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on their progress </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>(James, Milenkiewicz, & Bucknam, 2008) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Time Action July 2008 Project design implementation begins/ First network participants express interest August 2008 First local university level team leaders for participatory sites are recruited September 2008 Website is built October 2008 First grant is written November 2008 Meetings with large international groups to discuss the project and encourage network participation
  8. 9. Time Development December 2008 Potential site leaders are contacted January-March 2009 First participatory local team meetings begin – training designed April-June 2009 Fundraising efforts continue Sites meet, discuss and report back on initial pilot ideas July-September 2009 First participatory site design plans solidify Technical assistance works to fund pilot efforts October-December 2009 The project begins to be known on a broader scale 2010 Implementation begins of pilot designs
  9. 10. <ul><li>Fun & interesting global interactions </li></ul><ul><li>New designs for education emerge and are tested </li></ul><ul><li>Increased input from students engages 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>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Tell us about other similar efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast this opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Join the network and participate </li></ul><ul><li>Start a participatory team in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Connect us to people you know </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce these ideas to funders </li></ul>
  11. 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>
  12. 13. <ul><li>www.futureofeducationproject.net </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>353-21-470-6990 </li></ul>