The schome vision

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The Schome vision

Developing the vision

When thinking about Schome, there is a real tension between a blue skies and a pragmatic/strategic approach.

  • The blue skies approach We start from a blank page - no constraints, no pre-conceptions - and design the ideal education system to meet the needs of individuals and society in the 21st century. The advantage of this approach is that we design the ideal system rather than ending up with something that only half does the job. The drawback is that we will not be taken seriously by government or other folk who will need to take us seriously if we are going to make Schome a reality.
  • The pragmatic/strategic approach We design Schome based on the best that's out there already, and then add a whole lot more. The advantage of this approach is that we would be more likely to be taken seriously and thus to succeed in implementing our vision. The disadvantage is that this approach would restrict our thinking.
  • A third way? Perhaps we need both - we need to understand what works (pragmatic) and what the potential is (blue skies) in order to build our vision. We then need to develop a strategy for getting there.

Defining schome

Visions of the future

See also:

Videos to view

I Need My Teachers To Learn
A song about how kids need teachers to take on board new technologies.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today
Ok so it is set up and directed by an adult - but some powerful messages to think about.

Education Today and Tomorrow
An interesting clip about 19th century classrooms and 21st century skills

A vision of students today
A thought provoking clip put together by 200 students at Kansas State University

Check out their blog

Learning to Change - Changing to Learn
Talking heads (some pretty significant ones such as Stephen Heppell) talking about the need for 21st Century skills ("The death of education but the birth of learning")

It's Not on the test
Couldn't resist this one - about the problems of testing and accountability ...

The Machine is Us/ing Us
An interesting 'analysis' of how technology impacts on ... everything?

Related sections of the wiki

Elsewhere in our wiki

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What is Schome?

Schome is going to be a new form of educational system designed to overcome the problems within current education systems. It will meet the needs of society and individuals in the twenty-first century and will be a system which values and supports people learning throughout their lives.

Join us.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
R. Buckminster Fuller

Aims of education

Schome staff discussed what the aims of education should be. This Wordle illustration summarises our ideas.
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Links to make us think

The Guardian's Schools of the Future page

Gary Hayes' Social Media Counter provides a real time indication of the level of activity within a range of web tools including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Second Life, and using mobile phones. Not sure how accurate it is, but thought provoking ...

Vision Mapper was created by FutureLab to support educators in thinking about their visions of education. It includes six future scenarios, a range of tools to support vision building activities, and other relevant resources. A great starting point.

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow 2 which has guidelines which map well onto the sorts of things that the Schome Park Programme has been coming up with ...

Michael Wesch and the future of education - an interesting talk given by Michael W at the University of Manitoba on the 17th June 2008.

Conceptual Notes - a grand term for some pages that have ideas that seem important to the schome vision debate

Provocations - a collection of ideas/activities to provoke your thinking about what visions of schome

Some Schomics about our use of Second Life plus some about education and learning more generally

Bosco J (2005) Building New Schools, Invited keynote, ITSC Conference, Sydney, Australia, Nov-2005. (pdf file)
Bosco J (2006) Tools, Culture and Education: Past - Present - Future, Global Summit 2006, Sydney, Australia, Oct-2006.
There are both great reads - and explain quite clearly why there are problems with our current educational system (and schools in particular).

Second Life - a virtual world where we might be able to build schome

Eckert, P. (1992) The School as a Community of Engaged Learners, Working draft, Palo Alto CA: Institute for Research on Learning.

Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces
JISC funded infoKit on designing future learning spaces for FE and HE.

Pay Attention
A video provocation that suggests that we need to be using technology - if you can't beat them join them ...

Their Space: Education for a digital generation
Green, H. & Hannon, C. (2007) Their Space: Education for a digital generation, London: Demos. (viewed 20-Jan-2007)

Unteachables - a Channel 4 site that has lots of ideas about schools of the future - including a great 'design your own school site

iNET student online conference The first online conference for students, which was focussed on nine themes from David Hargreaves book, Personalised Learning: Next Steps in Working Laterally (2004). Following the student conference there was a week for adult discussion of the issues raised by the young people.

The 'School Works' online questionnaire on school building design - not only a very cool web interface but also raises some issues about different aspects of school design - and you can contribute to their data.

Carroll, T.G. (2000). If we didn't have the schools we have today, would we create the schools we have today? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1 (1): 117 - 140

Clinchy, Evans (2003). Rethinking "Academic Achievement: Is This What Really Want for Our Children? Progressive Perspectives, 4 (2)

CyberText A site with lots of links to stuff about the future of education, including some Technology Colleges Trust 'vision' conferences.

Coulson, Andrew (2003). Implementing "Education for All": Moving from Goals to Action. A paper prepared for the 2nd Incontro Internazionale Milanoliberal, 2003.

Ford, M. (2009) The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. USA: Acculant Publishing. ISBN: 978 1 4486 5981 4

JISC (2006) Designing Spaces for Effective Learning - a webpage providing access to a paper (or PDF) publication of the same name, which looks at learning space design in FE and HE. Some interesting ideas. Also has links to other resources re learning spaces.

Marshak, David The Inquiry School: A Sketch of a High School for the Next Generation

Naace (2006) Future Learning: How to transform learning in the school of the future. A webiste linked to the 'Transformed Education' project - has ideas about what needs to change and how ICT might facilitate these changes, based on views of members of Naace (who are generally folk involved in ICT in school level education - Local Authority advisors, academics, consultants).

Newby, Mike (2006) Teaching 2012: Report, London: TDA. Report on the debate at a sequence of regional seminars held between October 2005 and March 2006 in England in which participants shared their views on teaching in 2012.

QCA Futures A website that explores how the curriculum (and assessment) need to change to meet the needs of the time. Some useful stuff here - which one might not initially expect to come from the body responsible for the National Curriculum in England!

Transforming Compulsory Education

What does it mean to be 'educated' in the 21st century? Read the penultimate paragraph first -highly Schomic. [1]

Egypt 'poised for future of world education competition' - an article in the THE about how Egypt is trying to create a learning society.

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