The Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
Transforming Learning Through Universal Access to Technology
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.
ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF
A blueprint for transforming where, when, and how young people learn
Not a checklist or set of instructions for an easy-to-assemble, 21st century school, the #AnytimeAnywhereLearners guide lays out a road map designed to help you, as district or school leader, determine what you need to know and do at each step of your 1:1 planning and development process. Written by Bruce Dixon, President and Co-founder of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation(AALF), and Susan Einhorn, AALF Executive Director, this in depth guide, with links to hundreds of additional resources, will help you make critical decisions, know the strategic questions to ask, understand what will be required of district personnel and school leadership, and have realistic expectations about what the outcomes will be.
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ALSO, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT...
-- A Policy Agenda for a 21st-Century Education, a white paper co-authored by AALF president, Bruce Dixon, and AALF Executive Director, Susan Einhorn, examine the challenges and policy decisions of a large number of high profile, large-scale initiatives around the world policies. Through this analysis, the authors identify six key policy priorities that allow educational leaders to provide learning opportunities that leverage the digitally-rich world in which young people today are growing up and that, together, could be called 'world's best practice.'
Click here to download the whitepaper!
-- A new white paper, How Deeper Learning Can Create a New Vision for Teaching defines what deeper learning is and what the conditions are to support it. It outlines new roles for teachers within a deeper learning culture, and emphasizes, among other ideas that in order to support deeper learning, there must be a shared responsibility for student learning and teachers must have time to collaborate. Worth reading.
-- 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.
-- We're pleased to announce The End of School As We Know It a new book by AALF President Bruce Dixon. In it, the author challenges school administrators and leaders to let go of their assumptions about the relevance of traditional schooling in learners' lives and critically reevaluate the effectiveness of their current methods. This book is an essential starting point for school leaders who recognize the need to re-imagine school for today's learners.
-- Also available from our friends at Educating Modern Learners (EML) - Freedom to Learn by Will Richardson. This new book asks, what, in this age of ubiquitous technology, is the role of schools and why is the traditional system not working? Find out how you can give students more control over the learning process and why you should.
-- We're always excited to share news about what's the educators at Kent School District in Kent, WA, are doing to ensure all students have access to the learning opportunities technology makes possible, anytime and anywhere. Read about their STAR program and how they are not only providing internet access to students who may not have it at home but also making it possible for all parents to have access to Kent's digital student information system at Kent School District's new kiosks are bringing the SIS and free wi-fi to the community .
-- 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!
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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.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
At Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine, students are involved in many aspects of the school-wide 1:1 program. In particular, the student-run tech committee provides an opportunity for students to participate in, and guide the direction of, Yarmouth's learning culture. In this article, Instructional Technology Integrator Alice Barr shares how the committee is organized, its role within the school, and its benefits and challenges.
Click here to read more about this program.
We hear it all the time now. Students must collaborate. It is a 21st century skill! But, what is the deeper, fundamental meaning behind this phrase? In this article, Peter Skillen, Manager of Professional Learning for Social Media with the YMCA of Greater Toronto discusses the issue of collaboration, and explores how it can contribute to the sharing and building of knowledge.
Click here to read more on student collaboration!By: Peter Skillen, Manager of Professional Learning for Social Media with the YMCA of Greater Toronto
November 9, 2011
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