Welcome to a new decade (though since there was no year 0, the next
decade doesn't officially start until 2011). We resolve to have many
exciting events this year and continue helping students and teachers
improve their creative confidence.
The first project we launched of the new year at the k12 lab consists of Stanford graduate students designing the Tech Challenge
for the San Jose Tech Museum
This continues the work we did with them last year to create the
current Tech Challenge. Check out the website to learn how your
students may get involved.
Before we look too far into the future, lets reflect on a story from
the end of last year: k12 lab members Adam Royalty and Jim Ratcliffe's
work in India.
December's two main objectives were to learn from an international
collection of education researchers and practitioners at the annual
EduRetreat conference in Ahmedabad and continuing the work on the
nationwide Design for Giving Contest orchestrated by The Riverside
was a fantastic
experience, headlined by a video keynote by Harvard Professor Howard
Gardner. During the talk, Gardner spoke about his theory of multiple
intelligences and its application around the world, including fielding
audience questions about its impact on the Indian education system.
From there the conversation turned to the study of GoodWork, that is,
work that excels in quality, social responsibility, and personal
As engaging as the keynote was, perhaps the most energizing session was
a presentation making a somewhat "tongue-in-cheek" argument that all
school teaches children completely the wrong way. The subsequent
discussion was quite heated. Fortunately the conference concluded with
a quite profound 2 hour meditation session.
After the conference The Riverside School played host for the work on
continuing the Design for Giving challenge. Amongst its serene forest
setting the d.school and Riverside planned a publication that would
share the amazing stories of change children across India created, plus
give other children the tools to enact change to problems they face.
Now that the k12 lab has shared our most recent work, we are looking
forward to hearing what the new year has in store from all of you. Let
us know if you have any questions, lessons, or just thoughts regarding