TheLearningLab.live

For years, students have had access to the Internet, social networks, and one-to-one device initiatives in school districts across the country and world. With this access comes a responsibility to engage students in their interests, career aspirations, local and global collaboration, and connect them with current practitioners and thought leaders. This is actually a component of the Future Ready Schools initiative in which schools and districts across the US are pledging to prepare their students to be future ready.

The LearningLab.live’s goal is to create a community of local (and even global) businesses and leaders, non-profits, and educators that will engage students in relevant, authentic, and timely project-based learning opportunities that need completion now. [Hence, the dot live].

The mission: To connect students, teachers, and schools with relevant and authentic project-based learning opportunities, amplified by coaching and collaboration. Now.

To learn more about TheLearningLab.live click here.

To sign up for a “beta” project for the 2018-19 school-year, go here.

By doing this project, I am embracing the fear, ambiguity, and challenges of starting something like this. I am enjoying the excitement and energy of starting something that has the potential to make a positive impact. 

I dare you . . .

I dare you . . .

To learn something new and share it with the world!

What’s the worst that can happen?

Don’t answer that question. The answer is nothing.

When was the last time you learned something new? Whether it was by choice, for school/work, for a project . . . or even, for a practical reason, like something broke and it was just more cost-effective to learn how to repair or replace, and simply do it yourself. When was the last time you really dug in to new learnings?

Nowis the perfect time to learn something new. With so much information at our fingertips, it simply makes sense. Between podcasts, YouTube, online courses found on platforms EdEx, Udemy or Creative Live, or even workshops like the altMBA, there are so many options for on-demand learning.

You can even challenge yourself and learn new skills offline. Try something that connects you with nature, friends, or even strangers. Perhaps a weekly goal of one new hike with an attempt to identify birds or plant species.

Maybe I just can’t sit still for very long, but I really do enjoy self-directed, creative, challenging, and novel learning and projects.

Here are some (new to me) learnings that I explored over the past few weeks:

How to make homemade Kombucha Tea, which sent me on a fermentation kick making homemade sauerkrauts too. It’s tasty, healthy, and way cheaper than buying regularly. 

Operating a new FujiFilm XT-20 mirrorless camera. A new camera with new features is always fun to learn. 

Blogging, putting sustained effort into putting written work out to the world. It’s not perfect, and it may not be for everyone. But, hopefully it’s worthwhile for those that read.

Fishing with my son. (Surprisingly, I was never that into fishing as a kid), but now it’s been fun to learn the intrices and skills. From tying specific knots and using different bait and presentations to catch a specific species of fish, it’s been a fun experience to get outside and occasionally catch dinner.

If you’re interested, stay tuned for two new things that I am in the process of learning and will be sharing with the world in the next week.