BIF 2010: How might we enable teachers to have the greatest impact on learners?

Prototype Groups

  • The Passion Playground is an online space for teachers, students, and the public to share their passions. Composed of videos and resources, the Passion Playground inspires individual expression and community connections.

    (presentation and commentary from Dale Dougherty, MAKE and Suzanne Walsh, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

  • mI E Plan, my individual education plan, is a continually updated online profile of students’ both learning and social growth. Teachers can access students’ standards, skills, testing, learning styles, and emotional state.

    (presentation and commentary from Dale Dougherty, MAKE and Suzanne Walsh, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

  • YODA, Your Own Daily Activator, is an alert system that tracks the social and emotional needs of learners and, in response, activates personal support networks. YODA prompts learners’ social and emotional support through multiple data streams such as class and workload schedules, teacher interactions, and phone and in-person check-ins. For example, a student studying for the SATs receives fresh fruit and vegetables courtesy of YODA.

    (presentation and commentary from Dale Dougherty, MAKE and Suzanne Walsh, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

  • Students choose their own adventure path to learning at the Odyssey School. Based on students’ individual interests (even surfing!), teachers create lesson plans around topics. The cross-disciplinary approach builds on students’ natural interests and creates unexpected learning communities.

    (presentation and commentary from Dale Dougherty, MAKE and Suzanne Walsh, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

BIF 2010: How might we enable teachers to have the greatest impact on learners?
Design Challenge
ISKME Big Ideas Fest 2010
Half Moon Bay, CA