If it is not too indulgent I thought I’d share my plans for 2013.
For those who don’t know this year marks a big change for ideasLAB. After four years of strong association with Victoria’s Department of Education and Early Childhood we are seeking to establish a more autonomous structure. At the moment we’re exploring our options, with moving to a not for profit structure being the most likely outcome at this stage.
For me this meant resigning from the Department, after 11 years both as a teacher and with ideasLAB I finished in December. I’ve had a great time these last 11 years and have learnt a lot. I’ve updated the home page of my website to showcase some of the major projects I’ve been working on over the last year. It is still a work in progress but if you’re interested please check it out.
As we sort out the structure of the lab and our ongoing structure, I will undertaking additional personal work. I have a number of things already in the pipeline, some of which I have detailed below. Therefore, if you have a project that you’d like to work with me on please get in touch, big or small.
So what do I hope to achieve this year? Here a few of the more interesting projects that are in the works.
The End of Offline Learning: How the Modern Learner is Leading the Learning Revolution
The book I’ve been promising for the last year is still not finished. It is sort of close. I’m really happy with both the content and the flow, I just need to finish it. Hopefully soon I’ll be making an appeal for beta readers. When it is done it will be self-published and available as an ebook or print on demand. Stay tuned.
ideasLAB – The Modern Learner Project
This year ideasLAB is looking for schools to participate in our Modern Learner Project. Ideally these schools would have a strong history in using modern technology and have a one to one program in place.
The project has three streams:
1. Social Learning
2. Inquiry-Based / Project-Based Learning.
3. Self-Directed Learning
For each stream we’re looking to run four projects, resulting in twelve projects across the year. We’ll have more information out soon but in the meantime there is more information on my projects page.
I’ve had an idea for a browser based ARG for a couple of years now. Maybe with a bit more time this year will be the year? Most of the game mechanics are fleshed out and I think they’re pretty solid, the story needs a bit of work however. If you want to collaborate with me on this please get in touch.
Years ago I created a Flickr clone when I was at Concord. By the end of the project over 100,000 photos had been uploaded to it. I’d love to get this project to the release stage so schools could have their own private Flickr or Instagram. Maybe this is the year?
Student blogging is so individual and teacher directed, I’m sure we can do much better. I believe the issue is the technology, I’d like to do something about this. Maybe the answer is close to what we did at Concord? Or maybe it is closer to branch or medium?