2.0 Example: @SteveG_TLC, Google Earth, Global Citizenship

[An email from friend and educational innovator Steve Goldberg, reprinted here with permission.]

Greetings supporters of TLC.

Students at our first-ever summer camp for “Global Citizenship” culminated their week of camp by making short videos that bring a news event to life using Google Earth.

Please check out their videos this weekend at http://www.tlcmiddle.com/pt-programs/student-videos-online/

These are particularly impressive videos given that we met only three hours a day for a total of five days.

In that time, students learned not only how to use Google Earth in a more sophisticated way, but also learned to use screencast-o-matic, a free online program they had never heard of before.

Have a great weekend!




Steve Goldberg, Founder

Triangle Learning Community (TLC) Middle School

Opening Fall 2013: tlcmiddle.com

1014 Watts Street, Durham, NC  27701

My blog, titled “What I Learned Today” — http://wiltoday.wordpress.com,models the sort of active engagement we’re aiming for among TLC students

Triangle Learning Community #NewSchoolModels @SteveG_TLC

Two years ago, at EduCon 2.4, I was privileged to meet Steve Goldberg (@SteveG_TLC). Steve is a visionary educator and activator. In August, Steve and a team of others will open Triangle Learning Community in Durham, NC.

The three-minute video below overviews the form and function of TLC. And it also serves as a catalyst for re-thinking some of our assumptions about how “school” has to be structured. I appreciate so much that Steve lives out a profound idea – humans created “school,” so we can also re-imagine it, recreate it, and remodel it.

Along with new start-up schools, though, I deeply hope that long-standing schools with lengthier histories are also re-imagining school, recreating school, remodeling school. At the very least, I hope that we are engaging in such design exercises. If they reveal that our current structure and system is the best, then so be it. But what if school could be even better?! Shouldn’t we be willing to do that research and design, so that we can know more certainly, more confidently. Not let habit and assumption blind us to possibility.


You can also learn more about TLC at the school website and Steve’s great blog.

Multi-disciplinary curiosity: 2 resources and the most important 21C “C”

In about 10-12 minutes, you can explore two intriguing examples of how teachers orchestrate integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum.

From @SteveG_TLC: “Multi-disciplinary News” on What I Learned Today

Here’s a great example of how a news article we might read in the morning at TLC Middle School can be used as a springboard to learn in a truly multi-disciplinary way.

And from @BIEPBL: “Designing Integrated Curriculum” on YouTube

And I might just start putting this @ASCD article at the conclusion of every post:

The Case for Curiosity

The irony is that children are born with an overpowering need to know. They want to know what every object feels and looks like and what will happen when they attempt to do different things with that object. They want to know why people behave the way they do. This voracious appetite for knowledge defines us as a species. And it doesn’t evaporate when babies become toddlers. Every preschool teacher knows that children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years are insatiable for information. Their curiosity drives much of their learning—through asking questions, watching what others do, listening to what adults say, and tinkering with the world around them. But somehow the incessant curiosity that leads to so much knowledge during the first five years of life dwindles as children go to school.

Why place this article here? For me, curiosity is at the heart of both multi-disciplinary examples!