I'm thinking that I'd like to get the ball rolling on building the very first school through online collaboration. I'm envisioning each week of our #edchat discussion turning into another piece of the puzzle. I've created a group on @tomwhitby's new EDUPLN Ning to manage this process (Link to group here).
Each week, I'll post a new discussion thread in this group whose purpose is to extend the discussion towards answering the question: What would ______________ look like in an actual, ideal 21st Century School? I'll then summarize thoughts on this topic in a blog post and update this Webspiration Doc to reflect our current thoughts (If you'd like to be added as a collaborator on this map, email me at email@example.com and I'll be glad to invite you).
Some assumptions I want participants to make when tackling discussions:
-We're in this together and everyone has a relevant, meaningful voice
-This school will become reality
-Money is not a barrier
I'm truly excited to see how this school takes shape! Once this school DOES take shape, the goal of this project will shift towards making it a reality. Whether it is through applying for grants such as the Invest in Innovation project through the federal government, working with a state department of instruction, independent financiers (Helloooooo Mr. Gates!), or however.....we can make this happen! The beautiful thing is that by the end of this process we will have a school that has been approached from all angles by many experts in the field and will be, in the language of the stimulus bill, SHOVEL READY...=).
Some Questions and Possible Answers:
What if major disagreements occur within the group? I'd like to let the debate flesh itself out as much as possible, then take it to a group vote via Google Forms.
Where would this school be located? No idea. Let's build it, then worry about actually building it. :)
Who funds this school? No clue....yet. Some lucky visionary. =)
Are you crazy? Kind've. I blame my Dad and Grandpa