The advice that Founder’s School has for start-ups is just as applicable to schools. (My comments in bold.) Get to know your customers/community/learners Devise ways to test your hypotheses about how students learn best. Glean insights about what students need from what you learn outside the building Get, keep and grow customers. Okay this one is harder, because schools don’t compete against each other, but every kid in your schools should be a loyal customer. They should love their school. Get the Heck Out of the Building, Founder’s School: Part 2 | Inc.com.
Students at English High School in Boston helped pilot a social networking and planning tool called Community Planit. The online platform offers participants a series of missions, problems to solve and questions to answer about how the school district could improve and meet student needs better. As a player completes missions, he receives tokens to spend on the priorities he’d most like to see in school. The information and feedback then goes back to the district. via Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | MindShift.
“Thomas Petra has taught math at every level for more than 20 years and encountered dubious students at every grade level. That’s why he developed Real World Math, a free website with lessons based on Google Earth aimed at grades 5 – 10. “I was trying to show them actual applications of the math ideas that they see in the textbook,” Petra said.” via Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! | MindShift.
Struggling to find examples of how maths can be used in the ‘real world’? “This website aims to provide a general overview of the wide range of real-life applications of mathematics.” http://www.mathigon.org/panorama/ (Via @Kubke)