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The Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
Transforming Learning Through Universal Access to Technology

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The goal of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF) is to ensure that all children have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere and that they have the tools that make this possible. To achieve this, AALF helps schools develop visionary leadership and knowledgeable, innovative educators.


-- Sherry Turkle's latest piece in the New York Times? Do you agree with her assessment that our connected world is negatively affecting empathy?

-- Audrey Watters' "Teaching Machines and Turing Machines: The History of the Future of Labor and Learning" a talk delivered at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin Madison?

-- For some great reads on education, technology, and creativity have a look at our AALF Bookstore where you'll find a collection of fantastic titles sure to inspire!


-- Over the last few years, AALF has been quietly working with 1:1 schools and school districts who are looking to see if they are on track and meeting their goals. Click here to read about AALF 1:1 Audit and Review Services and how it can support your work.

-- In celebration of the 25th anniversary of 1:1, we virtually sat down with Methodist Ladies' College Deputy Head of the Junior School Steve Costa, who taught in one of the first 1:1 classrooms. Steve's insights are a must-read for any teacher or school leader in the field today.

-- MLC Director of Educational Technology Leon Guss, share with us the compelling history of technology at MLC, detailing the technological decisions they've made along the way, and why.

-- The recently published whitepaper, A Policy Agenda for a 21st-Century Education, co-authored by AALF president, Bruce Dixon, and AALF Executive Director, Susan Einhorn.

This paper examines what policies can be developed that will allow educational leadership to provide learning opportunities that leverage the digitally-rich world in which young people today are growing up in. By examining the challenges and policy decisions of a large number of high profile, large-scale initiatives around the world, it is possible to identify six key policy priorities that together could be called 'world's best practice'.

Click here to download the whitepaper!

-- AALF's Integrated Learning Support Services Click here to read more about our unique learning support services, and how they can assist you in your 1:1 journey!

-- We've set up an EdWeb community for our AALF members to connect with one another. We'd love to have you join the conversation! Be sure to check out the 1:1 infographic "The Independent Learner" posted by a recent participant in our We've Got Laptops Now What?! online course. It's sure to be helpful for all 1:1 educators.

-- The complete database of articles on 1:1 and education published by AALF


Latest Blog Posts

Read recently published entries from AALF member's blogs. Any AALF member can have their blog listed here, all you have to do is write a new entry.

Getting Physical with Mathematics: Technology, Papert, and Averting Mathophobia

Justina Spencer | October 22

In my previous blog post I wrote about the roadblocks set in my mind regarding mathematics and how these roadblocks directed the path of my learning as I navigated higher education. As I shared, Papert’s arguments concerning our mathophobic culture resonated with my experiences in primary and...

Reflections on Mathematical Thinking From a (Formerly) Math-Averse Art Historian

Justina Spencer | September 16

In Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas (1980), Seymour Papert writes that North American children grow up in a math-averse culture. While written in 1980, the crux of Papert’s arguments couldn’t be more current: "One of the main lessons learned by most people in math class is...

1-to-1 Teaching and Learning Opportunities and Possibilities

Karen Ward | May 1

What potential does 1-to-1 teaching and learning provide for students and teachers? I think one example that best sums it up is found in the following email message I received from one of my year 10 (sophomore) English Language Arts students. Sheryl's correspondence stated: "Dear Mrs. Ward,...

Happy 25th, 1-to-1!

Susan Einhorn | January 5

How long does it take for a new idea to take hold in education? It was 25 years ago – a quarter century– that the first laptop program was started. We’ve talked about the beginning of 1-to-1 in earlier posts – started in one school in Australia – not only at an all girls school, but in...

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Methodist Ladies' College

Leon Guss, Director of Educational Technology at Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne, Australia, provides a view from today, discussing the origins of 1-to-1 computing in 1989 at his school; in addition to a number of changes the program has had to make in the wake of burgeoning technologies and innovations, MLC has also maintained various key, successful structures. Click here to read more about the history of the 1-to-1 program at Methodist Ladies' College.

Click here to read more about MLC


Mathematics Curriculum-It's Time for a Change

In this article, Nils Ahbel, a mathematics teacher at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, discusses how the majority of mathematics curricula and assessment is based on traditional Calculus "skill & drill" methods. According to Nils, more attention needs to be paid to making students quantitatively literate by focusing on topics that are relevant to their everyday lives.

Click here to read more about Nils' thoughts on quantitative literacy.

By: Nils Ahbel, Deerfield Academy
November 27, 2012

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