Although I haven’t participated as much as I’d have liked to around here, I have been deeply inspired by the conversation.
That is why I’ve decided to share this idea I’m starting in St. Louis. It is effectively a real world application of the education I’ve found on this blog and on twitter. We’re going to need your help to move forward, because you are those folks who have the vision and action to truly transform the learning opportunities of our kids.
Ok. So the idea is to spread what I’ve been doing the last few years in my school outwards into other schools in St. Louis. Using free tech, open source software, grants, and my networks online to bring urban education up to speed with the innovations that are going on in wealthier schools. Essentially, I see a huge gap between what is happening in my school (and other schools in St. Louis) and the schools where most of my twitter friends teach. I find myself engaging in a lot of conversation, and not being able to apply the fruits of those conversations to my actual school.
Therefore, what we would be doing is to connect teachers and students with other teachers and students globally. We would be using that huge mindshare to shift how these kids and teachers think about the world.
Where we come in is finding the actual technological resources to make this happen. We would bring free laptops into schools loaded with open source software. We would work with teachers how to use things like skype, cameras, blogs, twitter, etc. to deepen understanding and make learning more ubiquitous. We would work on internet access in neighborhoods and coordinate this work across the city.
These ideas are still in their infancy, and I will continue to share when I’ve met a more concise definition of what this org will entail.
I’m from tech, so for me it’s always preferable to release early and then improve with each iteration.
Thanks for the interest!
You can find information about the project at http://thedisruptiondepartment.org/blog
You can follow us @thedisruptdept on twitter.
The whole thing is a huge work in process; an alpha release really. I’d appreciate your comments and expertise.