edu180atl: the story begins…

Today’s the day we launch an exciting new project called edu180atl. A member of the edu180atl team, John Burk, wrote an excellent post about this project which was created to focus on stories of learning. You can read the entire post on his blog, Quantum Progress.

The project is edu180atl and the idea is simple: every school day this year, one resident of Atlanta—a student, teacher, parent, or community member—will post a photograph and a 250 word reflection based on the question: “What did you learn today?” These stories, told by kindergartners and college students, artists and mathematicians, and learners of all ages will hopefully help us to remember the the purpose of schools, the deep value of learning, and push us to find and share our own everyday stories of learning.

180 voices. 180 stories.

The mission of the edu180atl project is to nurture and encourage the spirits of those who love to learn, to connect learners across disciplines and settings, and to deepen the national conversation about education by enabling parents, students, and educators to share stories of what they are learning every day.

This project is hugely personal for me—I’ve been a part of it since the very beginning with a conversation on twitter during a very snowy week. I’ve worked on this project with an incredible cohort of passionate educators, and simply been amazed by the rich collaboration we’ve developed through working this amazing, multifaceted project. Truly this project has modeled the learning I wish for my students—connect with others, embrace challenges, design and prototype, learn from mistakes and try again. And already we have much to show for our efforts—just check out the incredible stories of learning from our April beta site.

I can’t wait to see how the story of this project will continue to unfold, and read all the stories of learning that it will highlight.

When will you share your story?


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