Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Met School in Providence, RI and spending the day with legendary educator Dennis Littky, his team, and his Big Picture Learning students both at the Met and the new College Unbound program. Dennis and I have been talking about the best ways to tap into the tech tools available to enhance and inform his high-touch, personal-development approach to education, which focuses on the whole student and on getting the student out into the community to learn from everyone and everything they come across and pursue their passions. I was so struck by the respect that everyone in his learning communities showed each other. He’s sending one of his team members to Mozilla Drumbeat in Barcelona next week.
I fortuitously happened to be there on the day of the college students’ Midterm Exhibition. Michael McCarthy, a College Unbound student in his late 20s who is an Afghan war vet, produced this video as part of his exhibition. It is stunningly high quality and lays out the challenges facing everyone who is concerned with the intersection of ed and tech so very well. His thinking is several steps ahead of the majority of administrators & teachers I’ve talked to. I am hoping that everyone who reads this blog wants to help him out with his project–I know I do.