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.
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-- 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.
The early years of the 21st-Century saw a dramatic shift in thinking, and today with an estimated thirty million students world-wide with 24/7 access to their own personal, portable, fully-functional computer, one to one is now seen as inevitable by many educational leaders around the world. But what has been learnt, and what should now be done to capitalize on this moment in time, when we are challenging many of the very fundamentals on which schooling as we know it has been based? 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'. A close review of these initiatives indicates that carefully crafted policies in these areas have been essential for a successful, sustainable initiatives that have delivered the best outcomes for students, teachers and the wider school communities . This then, creates both opportunities and challenges for policy leadership. This paper then seeks to outline the lessons learned from their mistakes, the insights gained from all of the successes, and the unprecedented possibilities effective policy wisdom can provide young people.
Click here to download the whitepaper!
-- 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 incredibly helpful for all 1:1 educators.
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As many of you are aware from previous columns, over the past two and half years, much of our time has been invested in scaling a support network for 1 to 1 initiatives across the globe. This came as a result of the success of the original 21 Steps for 21st Century Learning leader’s workshops,...
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\'There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says \'Morning, boys. How\'s the water?\' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes \'What the hell...
Last time I said I would share some of the experiences of my recent travels. It seems only right to start with vision; right because, well, that’s where all good personal technology initiatives should start…but rarely do. No matter how often you run workshops for educational leaders...
Conversation Starting Points
This month, we asked a number of educational experts the following question: How can you relate the following parable to learning and the role of school and educators in our digital world?
"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?"
Click here to read the intriguing responses from Will Richardson, Maria Langworthy, and Susan Einhorn.
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 Yarmouth's student-run initiative!By: Alice Barr, Yarmouth High School
June 17, 2014
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