Please vote for Curiosity-based Learning to be at #SXSWedu


What if we could create and use everyday rituals and routines to nourish people’s natural, human curiosity and build fun systems to launch innovation projects in schools and communities?!

Well, Meghan Cureton and I proposed a session for SXSWedu (in March 2016) that can do that very thing! And SXSWedu uses a platform to select proposals that includes public voting and feedback (which we think is awesome!) We need your help to spread this good idea and take it even further with collaboration from others at SXSWedu.

Please consider voting for the proposal that Meghan Cureton and I submitted to SXSWedu 2016

Curiosity-based Learning: Exploring Innovation (link)

You can read about the proposed session on SXSWedu’s Panel Picker page (link above), and you can get more details – if you are interested – from the links below.

  • Curiosity-based Learning: Exploring Innovation has just been selected to the Evolve stage on The Teachers Guild. Check it out here and here.
  • I use CBL as the core of #fsbl – “father-son-based learning.”
  • Meghan and I facilitated two half-day workshops at Traverse 2015 focused on curiosity-based learning and exploring innovation.

We’d love to share this exhilarating and change-making method with other educators and innovators. And we’d so appreciate your help in getting to SXSWedu 2016.

THANK YOU! Stay curious! Be explorers!

My Learning Journey at #SXSWedu 2014

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For several weeks, I’ve been wanting to archive the learning sessions that I attended at #SXSWedu this year. Today, I finally got around to it.

My Learning Journey at SXSWedu 2014:

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

IT’S ABOUT LEARNING: “Be Present: Mount Vernon Plays to Connect #SXSWedu Session & Creative Mornings Atlanta on #Childhood”

  • Meet-Up with Dr. Reshan Richards, 3.4.14, 4:30 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras Party Hosted by 4.0 Schools
  • Dinner with @am_gallagher, @scitechyedu, @SAISNews, @lndeutch, @kamithor, @elizabeth_lytle

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 Wednesday, March 5, 2014

STORIFY: “Wed., 3.5.14, Bo’s a.m. #SXSWedu #selfdirect #DisruptEdu”

  • Reverse Engineering to Teach Design in High School, 3.5.14, 2:00 p.m.
  • #AK12DC Mentors & Facilitators Conference Call, 3.5.14, 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet-Up with Julie Wilson, Institute for the Future of Learning, 3.5.14, 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner with @scitechyedu, @jennzia, @WickedDecent, @treyboden, @lndeutch, @coachhkay, +some
  • #dtk12chat live from #SXSWedu

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

STORIFY: “Tapping Crowd Wisdom RE: #Badges #MicroCredentialing”

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STORIFY: Reflecting on #SXSWedu 2014 via Tweets”

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Related: SAIS@SXSWedu

Be Present: Mount Vernon Plays to Connect #SXSWedu Session & Creative Mornings Atlanta on #Childhood

How are you being present – being in the present – and playing to connect?

On Tuesday, March 4, thanks to Mary Cantwell, Trey Boden, a number of folks @MVPSchool, and the organizers of SXSWedu, I enjoyed a fabulous opportunity to facilitate a Playground Session at SXSWedu, in the “Hands On” category.

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Our game plan for the session can be found on Scribd and Google Docs. And Mary (@scitechyedu) captured much of the fun, in pictures, with her post “Mount Vernon Plays to Connect @ #SXSWedu.”

By playing, we were not preparing for anything in particular or readying ourselves for the future. We were playing to be present – to be in the present – and to connect with our fellow playmates, or learners. We were playing to connect with our inner child, our beginner’s mind, and our innate storyteller. We were playing to #HaveFun and thread connections among ourselves and others.

We were playing to…play.

Like kids on a playground.

Like we did when we were immersed in our own childhoods.

At the end of January, Shelley Clifford and I attended a Creative Mornings Atlanta. The theme was “Childhood,” and we heard Aretta Baumgartner and Patty Dees speak about puppetry arts as a way of reconnecting with our childhood — being fully present and playing to connect. As Aretta captivated us all, she strung us together in a game that put us in the role of puppets. And our biggest challenge was to BE PRESENT. To let go of our egos and to simply enjoy playing.



During the #SXSWedu Playground session “Mount Vernon Plays to Connect,” we reiterated this point about the power of play — there is great energy and fun in being present and being in the present. Amidst the joy of doing so, we connect to a great many things, and, more importantly, to a great many other people.

When we play, we are like children embracing their childhood — playing to learn, playing to connect, and playing to…play.

Be present. Be in the present. Embrace your childhood. Connect. Go play.