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Future School- July 17

Education: Real Time, Real World and Real Fun. It's time for Education to install its updates!

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It’s accelerated learning. That’s what Future School is all about. We don't push education...we pull it. Instead of redesigning education from the past, Future School is designed from the future backwards. It’s like nothing you have seen before...but it's a synthesis of everything in the world today, because we function real time and real world. 

What does the curriculum look like at Future School?

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It's like a learning playground. It's student-centric and self building. It’s real time in both scope and schedule. How? We leverage the computing power of modern artificial intelligence. Inputs for the system come from hundreds of different sources,two of which are the  student's interests and the teacher’s observations. The computer system ask stedunts questions it needs to know to develop itself and maximize the students learning. The more users on the system, the smarter the system is and the more current it stays. The input data drives evolving algorithms and thus makes each student's curriculum fully tunable. The number of tunable variables also increases with the student’s growth.

The smartphone is the main tool. It’s primary use is communication and project documentation. However, a smartphone can be used for 100+ different tools or machines, like a frequency generator or sensor collectors for example.



What does a student's work look like at Future school?

A student's job is to work on their curriculum, while following their computer organized schedule. Which the intelligent computer system created based on student inputs and  teacher recommendation. Completing tasks and projects during the course of curriculum completion forms their Digital Resume (portfolio).


Workshop-Level 2

Their app doesn't feel like an app, if feels like a friend who lives in their phone. It provides students with educational tasks to keep them engaged with content at a level which suits them. Some projects are individual and some are team. Collaboration is an important future skill. The people who become good at it will have more opportunities.


Projects

Anything can be a project and a project can become anything. Individual projects can be as small as researching a word's meaning or as large as building a car. Project selection by the student also determines the curriculum they need to complete the project and the project's time-frame. Students can also generate and input their own projects. The Ai also uses project data input from students to further build the curriculum system and develop career paths to follow as per Pathfinding.

The curriculum system is also plugged into all the project platforms around the world. Projects are also created internally to ensure the right mix of students and teachers to produce optimized project development testing.


What does a teacher's job look like at Future School?

Teachers have a more meaningful job than just teaching...their focus is on guiding students. They observe and recommend. For example, if a teacher sees a student working on something which will require a quadratic equation to solve...they simply drop a quadratic equation “tag” in the student's profile via their smartphone APP and it gets added to students curriculum input. This learning data is open to all the teachers, mentors and other staff. Students can have many mentors both globally and locally.  Mentors can check in with their students when every they have time. Online globally or “In class” locally. There are several other key staff member types to facilitate a full learning experience.

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Teachers only teach what they are passionate about and students can only attend classes if they are interested in learning. Passionate teachers and interested students makes great knowledge transfer (education). Learning responsibility is defaulted to the students, in some ways students behave more like employees. And teachers play a “Manager” or “Team Leader” role similar to the real economy. 

Teachers socialize and discuss their students, projects and the curriculum. Teacher collaboration makes every student's education better. 


What does the Future School facility look like?

Base School - Open Workspace

Like any app or platform...the curriculum is just a tool.Real learning comes from doing and then reflecting on what you have done.But, if people want to work on something, they need a space, materials and tools.

Base School is the solution. Like a high tech makerspace with an experimental academic agenda. The space is designed as a green tech playground for adults and young people. CEO’s say one of the top skills missing in graduates is creativity. So Future Schools are designed with creativity maximization in mind. Projects don't need to be profit driven. There are many other project “drivers” available.

Future School doesn't feel like a school...it feels like an adventure. It’s hard work and thus just as rewarding.


10 Year Timeline and 5 year Forecast


USER STORY

User Story - Tai, 17 , An hour in his day at Future School.

past Prototypes

Prototype 1 Ground zero (no one showed up and everything got stolen) Age 18+

Prototype 2 Office 13  Age 7-26

Prototype 3 MTC (Minion Training Center) Age 4-13

Prototype 4 Dungeon 12 Age 13+

Prototype 5 Creative Space Age 4-7

Prototype 6 Mad Labs Age 18+


Education problems solved

Current Prototypes

Prototype 7 Layer 3 (Kids Studio) Age 7-16 

Prototype 8 EVIL (Electric Vehicle Innovation Lab) Age 17-26

Future Prototypes

Prototype 9 APP Design Age 17-26

Prototype 10 AI Start point all ages

Prototype 11 ProtoBase  Age 13-26 

Then a full size BaseSchool 



TmaxRD

Is the methodology or operating system. Every organization has its own unique culture and methods. BaseSchool will be running TmaxRD to maximize learning development. It's the key to producing accelerated learning results.This methodology is the result of 5 years and over 8000 hours of experimental class time. The result is a dynamic cultural operating system, compiled from many sources. For example, we practice and test theories like growth mindset. If we want different education, we need to use a different method.

The APP

Is the connection or interface for everyone. It's like a project accelerator in your pocket. And the more people who use it, the better it gets. Each user Dashboard is one of many templates, but they are very simple and common in the beginning. 

EDU-AI

The Educational Artificial Intelligence has many jobs at FutureSchool.  It also calculates all the things we need AI brain to calculate. For example, it can create a schedule that maximizes everybody individual schedules in nanoseconds.I will allow us to run Real Time Curriculum.


FUschool

 These are secondary locations. And can be anywhere a project is. It can also can be grown from one person to a Base School.


Knowledge Network

Another huge aspect of the system is the Knowledge Network. The network is the plugin slot for the global and local world organizations and people. There is a huge list of organizations plugged into the school as both inputs and outputs. Diversity is very important. However,preference is given to organizations who are forward thinking and working on Positive Disruption.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

BaseSchool is designed to put the life back into high school and postsecondary. But age is not a restriction, if you can do the work, you're in! The APP and AI have no age restrictions. Students can search for projects relevant to what they are currently studying. Matching this is the task of the AI. Underemployed youth can also practice what they went to school for or explore a new field. It will also generate a large number of teaching and staff jobs.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student brainstorm
  • An OpenIDEO outpost or chapter
  • An individual
  • A Design Jam or Workshop event

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I have the spent 5 years working on this idea. I have lots of detail, but I'm not good at organizing the details. I need help convening the concept to people. So please ask me as many questions as possible. This will help define the system. Also the community member can feel free to test their educational idea through Future School AI. The more diversity in educational approaches we experiment with, the more we learn about the mysteries of learning.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I've built a couple spaces and run dozens of projects. Most of which did not meet my expectations. But I learned a lot. The next project, #9 will begin in mid February. It is a large group project 30 people. We will be building Stage 1,2 of a self driving car. We will be partnering with 3 Universities and several businesses.

Tell us about your work experience:

Engineering and Business background. Leadership and Change. I have over 8000+ hours of experimental education class data. I'm currently developing a new education system to fill in the holes, of the current system.. However, the long term goal (20 years) is to account for 10% of the world's education system. This is has become more than work for me, it's a life goal, I'll be doing it until I die. I also make (and break) things daily.

How would you describe this idea while in an elevator with someone? 2-3 sentences.

We can create education that will turn 10% of the future generations into master problems solvers. And then we show them how to apply their interests and passions to solve world problems. After a lot of failure and growth, they will be confident in their abilities and wise in their actions.

What is the specific problem your idea is trying to solve? 1 sentence.

It's time for Education to install its updates! Learning doesn't have to be boring or oppressive anymore.

How is your idea different or unique from what is currently on the market?

It's run by an evil genius. Whahaha (evil laugh). As for current market, Degreed is one of the closest functioning concepts. It can be one of the inputs for FutureSchool. Where Future School is much more than just reading about a topic, it's full topic immersion. This creates a much richer learning environment. But, experiencing Degreed this past month has got me very excited about the potential for my dream school, FutureSchool.

How do you plan to measure the impact of your idea?

There are few ways: Parents feedback on their children's mindset growth and behavior. It's a subjective opinion of parents, but it does give some feedback. Obvious improvements in the student's abilities. Their projects are proof of personal improvement. Testing, the EDU AI constantly tests and records the students knowledge base. There is a database of feedback from, teachers, mentors and team members. Peer guidance.

How might your idea be transferable to a large number of people?

The APP, AI, FUschools and BaseSchools in every major city. And a bunch of people building cool things cool things!

What are your immediate next steps after the challenge?

Choose a best fit incubator and or city Finalize the core startup team. Find "good" seed funding for a Prototype Base School (ProtoBase) location. Fund APP/AI and development real time while running ProtoBase.

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Team ,So we have run 3 projects through the Future School prototype APP cards. Image 7 from above is what we tested. There are 12 different ways to initialize a project through FS, we tested 3 of them.

1) Imagination "What do you want to build?"  Free build electromechanical class (ages 8-16). The results were terrible, the kids thought the cards were useless and confusing. They didn't "get" the understanding of the of roleplaying an APP with paper cards. Despite their inability to use the cards, we did collect a lot of info about how students approach creative building and learning. All of which will be incorporated in the APP. I feel they would have engaged better with a functioning APP. 

2)By Action "one hour challenge" Ages  10-13. This was a very straight forward test. Students just had to select an activity to do based on the APPs suggestions. Again, there was very little APP prototype engagement.  A basic function APP would have led them to more relevant options. We used a google search to makeup for the APPs lack of functionality.  

3) Synthesis (solve a problem) Adults age 30-50 . We wanted to create a machine that would control weeds in organic rice crops, and thus prevent poisonous herbicide chemicals from being sprayed into the environment.  This was the most productive test of the APP prototype cards. We learned a lot and developed the APP to 6 levels of depth in the process. The results also were real world and the solution we came up with was a great first step to solving the problem. We also developed a results feedback system for the APP and expanded the APP cards from 14 to 63. At this point we have outgrown a paper APPs functionality (and destroyed a few in the mud...haha)  

I think the next step is to get the real APP functioning and testing it with more projects. Based on the 3 projects, I would estimate that after about 100 projects the APP will be 80% functional.

Does anyone know how to build APPs? Or know some one who would be interested in helping us?

PS. here is a link to a video of the 3rd project result.
https://www.facebook.com/rose.wang.1213/posts/10155054182720930?notif_t=like_tagged&notif_id=1490833647834997

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Fellow Max Noble , and fellow Team  .
Congratulations for a great inspiring job. This is an incredibly ambitious project, and it's great to see how things have evolved during this experience. I'm pretty sure that haven't been selected as a "top idea" won't stop our desire to prepare all learners (including life-long learners) for the needs of tomorrow.

Thanks Max for letting me be part of this team, and thanks team for an amazing job.

I'm looking forward to keep learning from you, and with all of you.

PS: Thanks Kate Rushton (and all the OpenIDEO team of the challenge) for an insightful process, full of opportunities to learn and make ideas better. This has been a great first experience.

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Team , here is our target. I would love to take a bite out of Monsanto. They should fund the Paddy Rover project, as much funding as we need, no strings attached. It's cleanup effort cash, for the past 30 years of corporate pollution. It's a win/win.
http://europe.newsweek.com/glyphosate-now-most-used-agricultural-chemical-ever-422419?rm=eu

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Team We are going to be running our first project through the APP prototype this Sat 11th. The APP has many project inputs, that day we will be testing the: "Create a solution to a problem" path in the interface.

This  project challenge is to create an alternative to herbicide applications for weed control in rice crops. We will be at an organic farm testing a  weeding machine imported from Japan. Our end gone is to develop a small an autonomous agricultural machine. Solar powered and zero pollution. 

Feel free to join the project by adding ideas or research for us. We will post a short video after.  

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Awesome! ... So there is already a working prototype of the APP?
( I haven't seen it, If you have already shared it. Sorry!)

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Here is our very first APP prototype. We will be testing it in the field, really in field, on sat 11.Should be interesting.  I'll send a team email today, outlining Saturdays objectives.
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzu0PWGfbThNdVRRTEwyUkRVWHRleDVnclgyWGgxdGE2WVhn/view?usp=sharing

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User Journey link - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bPYd0GZGG_PjHQcGq6oad5OfroKFzZzEkrmCCYTi8ek/edit?usp=sharing

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Kate Rushton , How long does the lock out period last?
Max

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Hi Max,

It is going to be locked until the announcement of the top ideas to give the experts and sponsors time to thoroughly look at all the ideas. The top ideas announcement will be in ten days time.

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thanks Kate Rushton , I'm amazed at the work done on all the ideas..it's top caliber stuff.
Hey, in the next level is there a way project leaders can add other team members as editors?

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Hi Max,

Yes, it is great to see all the progress, collaboration and offers of help. I am really impressed to see all the feedback on the ideas.

Unfortunately, only the idea owner can edit the idea. You can do what some teams have been doing and sharing login details or using a shared document offline to work on the idea to later upload.

Max, we are having a problem downloading this document - Future School Presentation slides rev.pdf

Would you send me a copy to krushton@ideo.com then I can upload it on the back end.

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Kate Rushton , I couldn't open that pdf either, i'll ask Cecil if it's important, and to send it to you. I noticed the user Journey link is not working either. Here it is:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bPYd0GZGG_PjHQcGq6oad5OfroKFzZzEkrmCCYTi8ek/edit?usp=sharing

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Hi Max and team,

This is a very well-thought out idea, and I applaud you for your efforts. While I think it is a very experimental idea, it certainly has a lot of potential I believe, especially geared towards inquisitive minds. Many people learn much better from a project-based perspective, rather than a pedagogical one, and this kind of application and methodology could really allow people to refine their skills and explore new interests.

I have some questions:
(1) Is this meant to replace or supplement the traditional classroom experience for students?
(2) Do you plan to give credentials for attending FutureCollege and BaseSchool?

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Thanks Dominique, It's been a long road to this point, and there is a long road ahead.

A1) It will do both. Becoming more full time as it progresses.
A2) We have a basic credential system now for student and teachers. However, with the direction that digital technology is heading, I think paper credentials will become irrelevant in 20-30 years. This is one reason students at FS have a Digital Resume as a credential. Which is a database of all their knowledge, accomplishments and peer feedback.

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Hi Max,

I love how this implements learning by doing with a focus on creativity. I feel that today's education system is too focused on lecturing students, and is not interactive enough. This often leads to boredom, and disconnect in the classroom as well as a stifling atmosphere. While this works for some, it doesn't for most because everyone learns so differently.

Can FutureSchool be implemented in a classroom by any teacher? Not necessarily to replace a traditional curriculum, but to complement it? I have an old high school teacher who has just gotten her Masters in "Creative Problem Solving and Facilitation" and is very interested in education reform. I think she would eat this up.

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I wish it could be implemented by any teacher. However, many teachers a stuck and under a lot of pressure in the current education system. They dont have the time or freedom to add something to the "curriculum". I hope that once this FS gains more momentum, parents and administrators will give teachers the "space" to implement it as a suppletive in the curriculum. But, any teacher that wants to give it a shot now, go for it! We need pressure top down and bottom up.

Quincy, please forward my email to your old high school teacher, she sounds great. maxnoble440@gmail.com

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Hi Max,

I think this is a great concept as it allows students to have a more manageable way to learn with this hands-on-program, and also gives teachers efficient ways to track their students' progress. I am slightly confused about whether FutureSchool is an online platform or a physical classroom because you mention the "app" as well as a "base school". If it involves both, why do you see the need to have the "base school", which I think may play a larger part in being an accessory to a traditional education and would be more comparable to a tutoring center. I believe that it would also be more useful to give teachers the statistics on so they can analyze all the information at their fingertips.

I love your idea and hope you keep pursuing it!

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Hi Kaiying, thanks for the feedback.
You are not the only to be confused by the system, because it's a very radical change in educational thinking. (sometimes it confuses me...haha) And what's listed above is only 1-2% of the whole systems detail.

A critical point to understand is that we now exist in 2 worlds. The Physical real world (local) and the ever growing Digital world (global). So, for a future education system to be successful, it needs to account for both of these.

Why do we need BaseSchool? That's a good question, and I still don't have a short answer for it.
The BaseSchools are important for a number of reasons. One being mindset. Traditional school create mindset as well. When kids sit down in a classroom their mindset changes; sit, be quiet and listen. That's a good mindset for Lecture Based learning. But, it has a negative impact on other processes, like creative devlopment. I have development 14 other teaching methods that work better for young people. And each of them requires the metal flexibility to change mindsets. Within the physical space of a BaseSchool we can facility the different mindsets and thinking patterns required for these other learning methods.

Does that help clarify? Any further questions based on that?

Thanks for the tough question. My homework is to clarifying that further.

Max

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Hi Max,

Awesome idea. It's so frustrating how our education system is structured and your plan sounds like a great jumpstarting point to turn it on its head.

I noticed some commenters below me address the question of Future School as complementary vs substitutive. Without more detail from your proposal, it sounds like serving as a complementary educational tool would be more beneficial to students versus wholly substituting the traditional classroom and lectures. Have you considered the implications of this kind of educational tool for homeschooled children or children with developmental disabilities? I'm curious on your thoughts on how this system could potentially work for students outside of the traditional education system.

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Hey Eileen,
Glad you like it and I hear your frustration. We didn't have the opportunity to grow up in such a system, but we can create it as a gift to the future generations.

I prefer the school functions primarily as a complementary system for the near future for a number of reasons. One being, throughout history, any kind of radical change always creates a new sub set of problems. So, slow and steady is the course. Once this type of education hits critical mass, then we will be developmentally ready, to shift gears to the full time system.

But, you mentioned Homeschooling. This is a segment I have been working with a lot. And they have become an important test bed for full time development. We have a 1000 person homeschool network now, and it's accelerating Future School's full time growth and planning.

As for students with developmental or learning disabilities (i'm one of them). I have found a few students whose "disabilities" are actually extraordinary abilities, that we can't see. I have figured out how to identify some of these students. The next step is, "How do we leverage technology to help them create and communicate with other students?"

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Hey Max,

I really liked your idea. As an Indian, I have grown up in an education system that restricts creativity and freedom and this system allows individuals to develop essential skills that can help them in the future.

I do have a few questions that I would like you to address:
1) How would you encourage collaboration among students at a young age? When I was a child I did not want to step out of my comfort zone, and I remember sticking to the same friends. For optimization of outcomes in projects, you would need diversity which may be difficult to achieve.
2) Have you considered the adverse implications of making children dependent on technology? While the reliance on social media for millennials may seem to be inevitable, providing them access to their smartphones at schools will reduce their interpersonal skills and could make childhood relationships less personal.

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Gunhad, I think the restrictiveness of education is a global phenomenon, but that's just because it's an outdated system.

A1) I start with creating tasks to be done (age 4-7). And then rotating students periodically through those tasks. For example, Who is in charge of pencils for the week. This then helps them understand individual roles need to be played to accomplish larger projects. Every kid is different and they all have their unique grow rates. In FS, We have a 3 ZONE system. Comfort, Growth and Stress. We move in and out of these zones as we learn, even teachers and staff.

You know it! Diversity is so important for successful projects. Diversity will always beat intelligence in problem solving.

A2)I worry about this all the time. My son is 7 and my daughter is 10. It's a major issue in all my student's lives too. However, we can't stop the advancement of technology and the more we deny our children access to the tools of the future, the further behind we put them in relation to those kids who have access. And on the other hand, full access is not a good solution either. So, we need to teach them intelligent and balanced usage of technology. There is a sweet spot for optimal growth. I've developed systems inside the Ai to facilitate solutions. But they still need to be tested and evaluated continuously.

We are moving towards a globally connected world. We have our work cut out for us. Thanks for the questions, if you have anymore thoughts or questions please post.

Max

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Future School opens the higher education door further to global networks of relationships, resources, and spaces that support creativity, critical thinking and innovation. I think also Future School, with an emphasis on personalized learning, mirrors efforts by higher education institutions to focus on the needs and interests of learners. It is an opportunity to design with and not for students -- at any age -- before and during their higher education pathway.

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Well said. And everyone needs a different depth and width of education. FS will foster what ever they need.

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Hi Max,

This is a very interesting idea with a lot of potential! My only question for you is how you plan on overseeing the work of the students? I know that when I was in high school, I definitely was not always doing work when I told my parents or teachers I was. By pushing this work onto students phones, I feel that it is even easier to get distracted, and more important to implement proper oversight. Additionally, in order to further support the educational use of the base school, have you considered adding team-based lessons to the app to encourage student collaboration? In my experience, I have learned the most while working in teams and I think it is a vital part of the learning process.

Best of luck with your idea!

Ashley

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Good questions Ashley,

The students are responsibility for completed work. If a student's progress slows down. The Ai will detect it and notify a teacher or mentor to check in with them. And the Ai system has internal motivators to keep students engaged and challenged.

Indeed, digital distraction is major problem in the world, it should be at the top of our education concerns. The APP has a special feature called FOCUS mode, its an automatic with new students to develop their learning focus.

Collaboration is an important skill. kids need examples to follow. The teaching methodology, TmaxRnD, has a dozen different teamwork and collaboration models built into it. These are structured by levels and introduced to the students as they develop and grow.

Teamwork is tough, but once a student realizes the potential (as you have) their collaborative abilities accelerate and they become superstars team members. The old education model of "individual competition" is slowly shifting to collaboration and team competition.

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Team , Check out the new slides...insightfully crafted. cecil mariani 's work.
24 hours left before refinement phase, comments?

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Great job cecil mariani  ! .... Congrats Max Noble and Team for a process that really refined a very ambitious idea. With the slides (and all the work behind) it is clear that there is a lot of work behind.

Aside from results, looking forward to work with prototypes, learn, and contribute somehow.

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Enjoyed being part of the process, and reading the comments!

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Hi Max,

I think your idea is a great one, and I love how interactive it makes the learning process. I had a few clarifying questions for you, that would help me better understand the concept of Future School:

1. How reliant do you hope that students become on Future School? Is the application supposed to replace traditional classrooms completely, or just be a supplement to what students learn in class? I ask specifically because the name "Future School" makes the application seem like it will replace traditional schooling.
2. You mention that this app is great for students who love learning. How do you plan to engage those who see learning as more of a chore, rather than something they enjoy doing, on the application?

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Thanks for the questions, they are very helpful.

A1. Anyone can download the APP and use it. So i'm sure there will be many part time-students who use it to learn and organize their projects. And while students attend a BaseSchool they will be using the APP full time. Does that answer your question?

Future School starts as a supplement to the current education system. However, after 10-20 years I hope it has replaced about 10% of traditional schooling. Future School is just a "code name" I just used it so people will think and imagine beyond what we do now.

A2. I have observed dozens of "don't like learning " students, engage much better in my classes. And I think it's just because traditional education systems crush many students love for learning. And just like engagement can be reduced, it can also be increased. Everyone has different level of curiosity, but it can also be grown, similar to the same creativity is taught.

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Hello Team ,

Individually, I recommended to many people in the previous phase the Jobs To Be Done Theory, because I've found it valuable for me, as an interesting attempt for a cause-effect explanation of Innovation: I all want to make to make progress, and we have struggles so we 'hire' products / services to help us with our different jobs.

I just found this tools from the Christensen Institute for blended learning, and I though someone may like them, and find them useful: http://www.blendedlearning.org/design/?utm_content=bufferb9178&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Kind regards from Colombia,

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great post. That's a lens I've never tried before. Powerful stuff. Did you apply this Media Lab? Do you have an example of one of the things you discovered?

Education can be challenging because the parents and family of the students need to be considered. That changes with age, but its always a factor. Who is doing the hiring to get the job done? A younger sibling may not want to be alone in a big city, so he needs to hire a school so he is not alone. Maybe, he chooses to attend the same post secondary school as his older sister is in. Or the parent want their son and daughter to be in the same location. travel expense reduction. So their would hire a school that does that.

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I'm glad you liked it!

Recently, I've been talking to some people trying to understand why they hear the radio program I'm working on (after 59 years on air). One thing one person said "Necesito saber dónde estoy parado" (I want to know where I am standing)... This has opened my mind to realize that it's not a matter of working alone, so this was one tipping point for thinking on the program as part of a system for public trust (and public welfare) where we can work with other media, universities, and different kind of organizations - or people- for a compelling context.

In addition, this week I talked to someone who leads an association of residence managers. He focus on happiness, and gave me the insight of thinking on the people first, and then on buildings so a first draft of a job-to-be-done that may work for him is "help me be happy at home". In a sense, he is part of the same system I want to be in: a system with enough happiness and public trust to have an increasing public welfare.

PS: The more I put ideas in practice, the more I learn, and the more I refine the ideas. Valuable tools as Design Thinking, the Job To Be Done Theory, the System's map, among others, have been very useful.

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Could there be personal (human) networks of support for students as they research and build knowledge? Could such networks support students with actionable research i.e. civic engagement; meaningful projects; making a difference (problem finders)?

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absolutely, I've done a little experimenting with this. I find that the opportunities for students can be life changing to say the least. Networking is what makes things happen in people's lives.

We have 2 main networks Digital and Human. I'll drop it on the WB and we can begin visually analyzing the structure of both of these.

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Problem: "They will continue to come from K-12 systems that use old, tired techniques" (provost.gatech.edu).
Solution: What are the entry requirements? If primarily access is based on standardized testing scores, that would need to change. Change admissions process, create ripple effect of change top-bottom.

Perhaps cohorts at FUschools - Baseschools can have an edge in terms of enrollment -- students interest-based project work, reputation, growth (socio-emotional, critical competencies, leadership, subject-specific domain knowledge, and proven willingness to embrace and explore interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving) as a significant point of consideration for the admissions process.

If that is easier said than done, what needs to change in order to make it happen?

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Based on what i've seen in the positive changes for post secondary admissions and the world of global moocs, I don't think it will be a major issue at all in 10 years. Our students will have a huge portfolio of work and knowlegde to present advanced education programs for admission.

And in the past, the case would be, "easier said than done".However, the APP and Ai will not only solve this problem, it will streamline it and allow each student's learning pathway to flow anywhere, any institution, any course they want to go or take. Provided they put in the work to get there. And studying things of interest helps" work" accumulate quickly.

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This idea is really cool! There is nothing worse than being forced into a class where you have no interest in the subject. I appreciate that "students can only attend classes if they are interested in learning." I guess I'm just curious about target "audience." Is this model more for students who have knowledge in an area and just want to develop it more with other like-minded individuals? or is it for someone who wants to learn something-that calls there attention-from scratch?

I'm excited to see the results of this!

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I really want to experiment with post secondary again.Because they need the help first. And they can be the most productive group in the shortest amount of time. Kinders, on the other hand , have 15 to 20 years before they are productive, there at the bottom of the list! (haha). But really, they are at the bottom lots of time to maneuver with them.

The audience is for young people who just need to create a lot. High output creators who don't feel balanced unless they are creating or moving. They need space, tools, materials, mentors and hard work.

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Some additional thoughts about measuring impact...

Students: Formative and summative assessment with follow up discussion with teacher to discuss next steps (not only for the student; but for the teacher him/herself), student written work presented, shared, and published essays/reports/summaries/presentations/blogs associated with their project work evaluated -- apply data indicators that track the sharing of documents in student/teacher networks (hashtags, alternative forms of citation, articles published in student co-authored publications, etc.); evaluation/feedback forms (does FUschool facilitate a safe and caring environment -- growth mindset - fail safe/fail forward) and students should want to share ideas and work (not be territorial) e.g. OPEN SCIENCE. As you mentioned, database of feedback -- digital portfolios (data collected - shares, likes, etc.); summary of critical competencies (creativity, innovation, problem solving, collaboration, communication); also socio-emotional competencies; metacognition (self-reflection/self-assessment) and really important extent of participation in collaborative knowledge building (notes posted, shared; comments posted in collaborative documents, etc); teacher records notes of interactions and evidence of growth when conferencing with students. Conferencing and observation feedback is continuous (frequent and ongoing), teacher takes anecdotal notes. Smaller classes = more personalized time with teacher. Use of technology permits documentation practices (and another source of data). Perhaps in addition to the teacher there is an assistant (information technologist/librarian?) to facilite conversations and data collection, suggest resources, facilitate connections with experts/other sources/opportunities for engagement.

Parents: As you mentioned, feedback (survey/evaluation).

Teachers (prefer facilitators/guides/personalized learning agent?): Increase in number of teacher awards with recognition to innovative teaching practices (student feedback forms); review by administrators (quality standard)

University: increase in number of awards for faculty/teams (correlated to work with FUschool); increase in research grants, grassroots fundraising by student-university and student-university networks for important causes - $ collected) -- these students can be high school (even junior high), or cohorts of adults (any age) that complete 1 year for certificate/badge or 2 years for certificate/badge -- increase in enrolment of such cohorts

Other stakeholders -- networks of experts (scientists, doctors, engineers, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, even family members) sharing stories and expertise. Discussion of real-world problems, merging theory with the practical application in real life. Opportunities for all stakeholders to support student (mentoring) goals. Collaborations documented, projects worked on, success (by various measures) of projects noted. Surveys with stakeholders.

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Max Noble Evil Genius, this is just genius. I like the progress of things!

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Thanks Isaac Jumba , yours is looking good too, great progress. I'm excited to do a collaboration project with you.

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That will be really great. Will be looking forward

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Hello Max Noble , hello Team . Congrats for the progress!

I just signed up to the Real Time Board and the slack channel, I'm seriously impressed by the great progress, and all you have done.

How can I be somehow helpful during this last week of the refinement phase?

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Hi Max, just found your idea. Fantastic! Is there any way I can help? If you need any feedback or support in any way, I'd love to help.This IS the way our schools of the future should be! Well done! Best always. (I'm in Wisconsin and can't wait for a FutureSchool near us!! ) thanks for your vision!

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Thanks Lori Cuene , help would be great. One of the core values of Future School is that people are working on things that interest them. What do you like to do? or what would you like to learn?

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Max - I really liked your quote "It's time for Education to install its updates!". It seems many educational institutions are reluctant to realize that they are operating in the information era. I think it is imperative for the "School of the Future" to teach its students the value of Data on this day and age. Students do not encounter these topics until later at Universities and I believe that, if young professionals would touch base with Data Science earlier in their careers they would be much more comfortable in this arena later in life.

The bottom line is: Learning how to deal with data is a skillset that students can apply regardless of the job they decide to pursue in the future.

Best,
Nahel

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haha, thanks Nahel .

I couldn't agree more about data is the future. It's even going as far as making parts Statistics irrelevant. If you have the whole data set, who needs sample analysis right?

I have been practicing teaching data to students as young as 7. It's actually a very intuitive thing to learn. I use real objects and it's a lot of fun. And most importantly it develops the "data thinking mindset" . I usually show them some basic data handling technique and then encourage then to develop more or I increase the complexity of the data input (objects) and see how they handle the challenges.

Having an Ai based school allows for unlimited possibilities of data analysis, it's going to be fun!

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Hi Max Noble,

Having recently returned back to school and simultaneously been engaging in conversations about how our current education system lacks creative opportunities for students, I am encouraged to read through your idea! That said, one area I didn't fully grasp in the Future School is how students engage, collaborate and connect with other students. I saw in your User Story how a teacher can accept or deny a students ability to move forward into a group project but for everyday collaboration of new ideas/concepts the student may be learning about, what does that look like? Congratulations on all of your hard work thus far and excited to see the progress you all continue to make!

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Thanks for the good questions too, helps me define the idea better.

The APP is the interface for everyone. It start off very simple by allowing users to upload their current interests and projects. Just photos, short descriptions, keywords. At this point the Ai begins helping and suggesting this to learn, try test, other people learning similar things or websites with stuff they need like CAD files of 3D printed parts etc..

The APP can assist any student from any school who want to spend more time practicing and applying what they are currently learning. Just input some keywords into the Ai and it will match you with , info, projects, moocs, people both locally and globally. And all the work and research you do is logged in your digital portfolio. The Ai even sends random question to test your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Everyday stuff :
For example, we still teach kids science facts that are 20 years out of date. At FS, the"Scientific Discovery Feed" is a regular thing . When something new happens in the scientific world , the news feed comes in and the Ai will schedule a small group of interested students and teachers to discuss it in a 15 -30 minute Q&A. What will result? we don't know, but there are many possibilities within the school and the larger global community. projects, curriculum update, contact a partner company in the field.

The functionality of the school will be very complex because of the power of an Ai organizing it. But it will always feel simple and unique to each user. I hope that helps a little.

Hey, if you discover any problems while going back to school, please drop them in the comments here. To create a better education system we just have to design solutions that reduces or eliminates the problems with the current system. And Future School is the reset button, anything is possible and the past is not going to hold us back.

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Hi Max and team,

There is just a week left of refinement. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

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Does IDEO have an Instant-Finishiator in the Lab somewhere? We could use it.

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Team , Who has used slack a lot? I've got less than 8 hours. Do you wanna help me setup our teams?

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I have used Slack a lot and will set it up.

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Team , the slack group is ready to go. If somebody has email for everybody in the team, please send it to me or individually, send me an email - mukund at coachcrossing dot com. I will invite you to the group.

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I just joined.

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send me your email at I'm maxnoble440atgmail.com . I'll add you as the "SlackMaster"
We have a 30 person team database already. And now we are integrating everyone into the teams and tasks they want to do.

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Team , This is what building future school is going to feel like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t78ilIEjrU

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100th comment! Can we call that a milestone?

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Yes, it is a milestone. :-)

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Sounds like a great idea! Congratulations on progress on so many prototypes. I am in Mumbai, India - brand and marketing consultant with a son just about to enter the TG for this concept (he's just under 18). This sort of school would have been perfect for him (and his friends that I know of). However, I believe one of the critical barriers to the success of this idea would be be culture/mindset shift required from educators, parents (or other education and lifestyle sponsors) and future employment, entrepreneurial and/or self employment opportunities this would offer. Certificates, degrees and diplomas are most useful when trying to establish credibility for one's abilities or qualifications to get some task/job/action done. Education remains the precursor to being able to make ones living. Also education is sponsored by parents or other caregivers with an eye on future "return on investments" - so that their child is able to be self sufficient in later life. If on platform engagement with these high influence contextual groups has not been considered so far, I would think it would be a good time to start empathising with their needs, hopes, desires and goals to start baking it into the platform. These additional groups would also help keeping platform monetisation in sight - and thereby ease of funding. Imagine for example a FuSchool with direct inputs or sponsorships from future potential employers or even employment guarantees scholarship/sponsorship of courses for the brightest and best in terms of EQ, IQ, psychometrics, aptitude and interest. That would proabably even directly impact parents' and educators' attitudes towards this model. Happy to exchange further notes on madhurisen@acebrandstrategist.com - if it may be of any help.

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Glad to hear you like it. You are right on about the shifting cultural mindset. I always tell people, educating kids is easy, educating parents is hard, slow work. However, I have found something interesting within that true generalization. There about 10% of people, who are forward thinking, innovative and creatively talented. That's my market and they are lining up to get in. The system I'm designing is for people who don't want to work for someone else, they are young leaders and they want to run their own organizations. So their end goal is not a certificate, its a life journey. Companies will be salary biding to get one of our grads, because there is nothing out there like us, the students are rare and thus valuable.

We use a full social network as well. Community is powerful and we utilize it. Yes we company sponsorship, however we screen the companies for forward thinking organizations only. We only want the best opportunities for our students. We also plan to use embedded crowdfunding and peer reviewed scholarships.
What is TG?

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Thanks for offering larger context on the aspirations of this platform. To first clarify TG is simply "target group".

Crowdfunding and peer review scholarships would indeed be very powerful in driving some of that cultural shift away from traditional schooling.

If the top target groups' aspirations are more entrepreneurial/ self employed: They would be broken down further into primary sector, secondary sector, tertiary sector. In the primary sector dependence on credibility from either institutions and peers is low - as long as one learns to create value, one can do so without dependency of other believing one can do so. This is even more so if one can prove that value quickly and doesn't need external validation/certification.

In both secondary and tertiary sectors there is a significant level of dependency of the industry/business ecosystem (not so much from mass consumer) to be able generate funds, convince collaborators to partner and in the case of those in consulting/advisory/agency business - to convince organisations to buy services. All of these usually required validation of ability to create value before any outside the immediate "circle of trust" for that individual would engage. Therefore some of my comments before would be valid even for those who do not seek employment.

Also, usually, work experience in specific domains or across many is useful to even those with a primarily entrepreneur bend. Call it apprenticeship if you like - not so much "employment" since it's just a means to an end.

While there is a rising trend of students straight out of college going entrepreneurial or aspiring to do so. Increasingly, there is a movement towards more "mature entrepreneurs" i.e those who have gain experience from other businesses or working with other groups or companies before getting into their own. While there is a lot of chatter around this trend - this one is as good for the numbers it provides as any other, even more recent ones out there http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2012/09/03/do-older-or-younger-entrepreneurs-have-the-greater-advantage/#32c2f5f03377

My comments come from consulting to multiple startups over the last couple of decades - starting pretty much at the time innovation based start-ups first started. Have seen plenty of different stages through which it's been - good, bad and ugly. One of the areas that always needed more intense work was to have the entrepreneur step back from the aspirational final product/platform to create that bridge to enable cultural and behavioural shifts from existing habits/perceptions/assumptions. In your case - the flag would be "The system I'm designing is for people who don't want to work for someone else, they are young leaders and they want to run their own organizations. So their end goal is not a certificate is a life journey. Companies will be salary biding to get one of our grads, because there is nothing out there like us, the students are rare and thus valuable." I would say this is the final outcome/aspirational product. But you have to bring folks with you "over the bridge" to get there. While there is a lot more I am sure that you are doing that isn't posted here - and probably impossible to understand without sitting there and hearing it in detail; AS long as you are able to visualize the "bridge" and not just the other side of that "river" everyone needs to get to - you got it all pinned down and moving in the right direction to a successful first version. By everyone I mean all of students with entrepreneurial aspirations, 10% forward thinking parents, bidding companies or perhaps even investors in entrepreneurial businesses.

I sincerely wish for your platform to takes strong roots and succeed :) If this succeeds you solve a problem that probably the whole world would have to thank you for.

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You know the market well. But that's the past and current market. Future school is different almost the opposite in many aspects. And it doesn't have the same problems that the current system is stuck in. The strategy for Future School is long term and the timing is just about right...still about 4 to 5 years away. After FB dropped 100 million into education...that was the beginning and it has a long way to go yet. Also to keep in mind, FutureSchool is still in "education supplement" stage we don't overlap the current system in lecture based learning.Rather we fill in all the holes and install all the updates absent from the current system.

You made this point, which I think very important.

"AS long as you are able to visualize the "bridge" and not just the other side of that "river" everyone needs to get to - you got it all pinned down and moving in the right direction to a successful first version."

Instead of "visualizing", I just do it, create the prototypes and then people can understand it better. The current space Layer 3. Has a dozen prototypes within one space. I run the students through the space and then observe how they work in it and what can be done to accelerate their learning. 8000+ hours between 5 or 6 prototypes spaces. And doing that time I extrapolate current trends in technology and social change. Then apply that information to develop education for the future not the past. ie, If you have 18-24 year old students, you extrapolate out 5 years.

and on a person opinion note, I think this Startup Culture phase is retarded. If we named it by its results, we would call it Fail Culture. That's what they are doing and in a way, its what they need to do. 7 times on average.

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Totally agree that the "start-up culture phase" is a big fail :)! But you would agree, that one learns as much (or sometimes more) from what was wrong - sometimes even more than from what was right? That's pretty integral to designing and learning - right?

About that being the past and current market. My comments weren't really so much in the context of the market as in the context of basics tenets of human behaviour, habit forming, shifting and breaking patterns! That hasn't evolved/changed as fast as other changes as civilisation progressed, neither is it likely to so very soon. So extrapolation by even 50 years from now doesn't change things a whole lot about human motivations and behaviour - just systems within which they function change.

In any case, it looks like you are doing all the right things in trying to get to know your users, their behaviours and habits well :) Good luck.

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Failure is what everyone needs to grow. I have a few experimental classes with a 20-30 fail cycles per hour per student.

Actually our rate of change (behavioral evolution) fluctuates thought out time. And its accelerating since the industrialization began. Our biological evolution is measurable in generations. We are slowing down now and stretching towards an average of 27 years (developed countries). However, there are many influences on this rate. Technological change being a major drive. And currently the technological rate of change is greater than our evolutionary rate of change. Which is forcing people to change their behaviors more rapidly.

From experience, radical approaches can break patterns very efficiently.

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Teo John , Ive been thinking about how to program Holistic s into the AI. And it comes back to Time. Where and how we spend our time. This is going to be the base for making the education. The AI can manage that.The starting point is as simple as managing our schedules. From there we implement the events and info that balance people. What are your thoughts on this?

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Hi Max,

Would this be a predictive schedule AI that recommend specific holistic programme to the intended student based on their performance in the whole spectrum of whole person development.

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Good question, i never considered that. What do you think? We can make anything an option for the user. They could tune how predictive the schedule was. We set it at the default and they tune it. Predictive is a exciting parameter.

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Team , Send me your emails and I'll add you to the Global White Board.My Gmail is maxnoble440.

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I am an educator in a middle school in Canada. My students are working on personalized learning projects. We are using google classroom (file sharing, sharing resources, commenting), google docs, google calendar (timeline), google keep (portfolio, information sharing) and soon-to-be teacher-facilitated google hangouts to engage with experts in the local and global communities. Our students will also be sharing, collaborating and refining their projects with others in our school network. Some of the students who have researched an area of interest have identified areas of problems/projects. The course is interdisciplinary. One lesson required students to bring articles of interest and in a classroom discussion, a student may respond through their lens (science, social, philosophical, artistic). Our classroom discussions have less discipline-specific content; however my ultimate goal is to improve reading and writing literacy. I am inspired by AltSchool. I endeavour to meet curriculum requirements (program of studies) and have my students still do well on year-end standardized testing. But as you mention, an AI option would be really helpful in analyzing and perhaps guiding student work to meet/build upon those standards (literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, leadership, etc.) in an efficient way.

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Wow I wish I grew up in your classroom! I run full google too, its great.
One thing that worries me now is that writing is losing its relevancy. Reading is still important, but with digital language technology we don't have to write as much. We can convey thought and ideas faster visually or audibly through digital mediums. Speech to text is getting better everyday. Growing at even faster rate than the decline in math skills since the invention of the calculator. What are your thoughts on this?

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Yes, I agree with you, digital language technology likely means writing is becoming less relevant. And I agree further with your point about conveying thought and ideas faster visually...reminds me of the heptapod language in Arrival. Which brings me to another thought -- the linguist experimented with a variety of analytics to figure out the meaning behind the message. There needs to be more apps/applications offering data analytics/people analytics that would be helpful in responding or assessing the oral, written, and visual evidence of learning (competencies) that accompanies my students' projects.

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Where in Canada are you?

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Team What city would be the best start point for BaseSchool?

It can be anywhere in the world.
Needs a 500,000+ center to support it. This varies with local culture. The more progressive the better.
I would like to retrofit an existing building that is not in use now (a wasted resources).
Large space required. 100,000 SQ+ Square building (Walmart ghost buildings come to mind).

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Welcome to the Refinement phase Max! We've added new Refinement questions to your original submission that we'd love for you to answer. Please check out the Refinement Phase Toolkit for instructions on how to answer the new questions and other recommendations we encourage all idea teams to consider in the upcoming weeks.

Refinement Phase Toolkit: http://ideo.pn/2du9sf7

Lastly, here's a useful tip: When you update the content of your post, it'd be helpful to indicate this in your idea title by adding an extension. For example, you can add the extension " - Update: Experience Maps 02/01" to you idea title. This will be a good way to keep people informed about how your idea is progressing!

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Hi Max and team,

I hope you are having a nice day.

There are two idea from a previous challenge that you might be interested in looking at:

Incubator Club from our Financial Services Challenge - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/financial-longevity/evaluation/incubator-club-for-credit-union-members It is an “incubator” for credit union members, where they can pursue their small business dreams & connect with their community. It has a nice way of ordering the information.

Cobuy from our food waste challenge - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/top-ideas/cobuy-group-buying-software-that-helps-people-buy-good-food-at-good-prices-together - really highlights the problem and opportunity, has a nice user journey and plan for the future

I would recommend really emphasizing in the main post what the problem is, how is this solution and what the competitors are/could be :-)

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Hey thanks for the update tip.
I've been using the refinement kit a little, it feels like trying to squeeze 10 cats into a fish bowl. Not a going well.

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Hi Max,

Think of the refinement toolkit as a guidebook for a city but you don't have to go to every destination if there is an alternative.

Some of the ideas in refinement will be focusing more on prototyping and feedback because they are further along. Some of the earlier stage ideas will be focusing more on the user journey and personas first then prototyping and feedback.

You have some great talent on your team. One thing I would recommend is what one team did in a previous challenge was to create a spreadsheet with tasks to do for the remaining 3/4 weeks of the refinement phase and assign people to tasks and give them milestones. An example of this is given in the attachment to this idea (Professional Intern Program Employee Human Matching System): https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/financial-longevity/evaluation/professional-intern-program-employee-human-matching-system

Feel free to reach out to me, Cecil or anyone else.

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Great job Max Noble , I can see you much you're putting into this idea, and its refining process!

I was looking at the valuable Refinement Phase Toolkit, and I think that a graphic User Journey can help you a lot convening the concept to people. (Trust me, for ideas as big as yours or as the idea of an Open Media Lab this is not an easy task).

Also, since you told that one of the ways the community might help was "define the system", I'm just starting this MOOC and I think it might include valuable tools, videos, and readings for starting a map of the structure of the system: Systems Practice: An approach to move from impossible to impact (http://plusacumen.org/courses/systems-practice/)

Kind regards and congrats for being selected for the Refining phase.

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Hey thanks for the systems practice MOOC, I will check that out. How is your User Journey coming?
I've tried to do the User Journey a few times. Not much success...every user experience is unique, so trying to convey all the possible functions and features in a few user stories won't even scratch the surface of the full picture. I would need to produce 100+ user journeys; just to cover the work I've compiled to date. And once the database gets a significant number of projects (1000+), then the iterations explode into a huge diversity of possibilities. And that's just the AI and APP, I haven't even touched on the user journey though the physical spaces; BaseSchool and FUschool. Anyway, back to stuffing cats in a fish bowl... haha. good luck with yours, let me know if you get something that works.

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I've realized that in complex ideas it is easy to get lost on user journey (although it shouldn't be complex for the user). To be honest, I'm using this process, and the recommended tools to refine ideas as much as I can, to learn how to take the most from feedbacks, and learn how to show ideas in different - and more compelling ways- to other people with different backgrounds, and users ... (For instance, here is an attempt to show the most basic structure of a System for public welfare (https://embed.kumu.io/016c9b86d356e5bfc08164f7e8635f78#sustainable-public-welfare). It is just a first try, inspired from the vision of the Knight Foundation http://www.knightfoundation.org/statement-of-strategy ).

Kind regards,

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Hey Kumu looks like a cool tool, thanks, I'll give it try. I posted a user Journey (1 hour). Hopefully it inspires some people to create some more of their own. Trying to make a relevant User Journey for a system that creates unique user journeys has been keeping me up at night ...haha.

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Hi Max Noble,

(1)Could you use data analytics to cluster your user data into theme, category or project? From there, could do a couple of user journeys based on theme, category or project. Hope this help?
(2)Is your Future School focus only on a few personal development areas (e.g cognitive, intelligence, relational)? Will you include a more holistic development that include all aspects of human potential development?
(3)Does your AI software development include EQ?

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A1) Possibly? I'll think about it.
A2) I added you on the team because of your ideas on holistic development. I think if we are to progress we must take a holistically balanced approach to humanity. That's just not happening in the school system right now. The truth is only 10% of students are "good" at school. The other 90% are told daily by their teachers, parents and test scores that they are inadequate and not talented. Not true. Don't even get me started on the ramification occurring in EQ, in classrooms today. Stressed out teachers, dont make good EQ role models for our children. It's not the teachers fault, it's the system.
A3) I think so. EQ is like IQ, it can be practice and improved.

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Team , I added a User Story. An hour in a 17 year old boy's day at Future School. Take a look, hopefully it will inspire you to make a user journey or story of your own. Every user on the APP has a different journey. And the the further they go on their unique path, the more variations occur. And as the database grows, and new AI inputs are added the volume of possible permutations grows as well. Use your imagination and have fun with it. Instead of Design Thinking, try I Wish Thinking. Remember, we are designing future backwards. A good reference came from cecil mariani , ...https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/speculative-everything

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Congrats Max Noble and @Team for being selected for the Refinement phase. Please let me know if I can contribute somehow!

Best,
Sophia

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Thanks Sophia.
What do you like doing? and Is there something new you want to try?
max

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Hi Max

Well, I love collaboration and the Future School concept. I think that I would be most valuable to the team by conducting User research and wireframing. I'm definitely interested in learning more about AI. What does the team need with the most support during the Refinement phase? I will provide feedback regardless :)

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Sophia, wireframing would be so helpful! I've got over 8000 hours of practical experience on these ideas and hundreds of documents, but I'm having difficulty simplifying it back into a single idea that fits OpenIDEO's framework. And more importantly, simplifying it to convey the idea to people.

What can I give you to get started?

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Great idea! You put in a lot of work and details.

1. I suggest simplifying first without the technology then building the concept from the ground up. I get the feeling the scope and implementation is too big and complex.

2. Please remove the age restriction if there isn't one.

3. Seems like the idea is based around the teacher or student's personal motivation. Hard work also means the boring and tedious stuff.

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Thanks for the feedback Kenneth, I've clarified it a little more.
A1. I've been doing it without technology for the past 5 years now (except, we have been ruining on, FB, HackPad, Hangouts and Line.). Developing the AI and APP is the next step.

A2. There is no age restriction on the APP or AI because the AI adjust the content for age.
However, BaseSchools and FUschools have age/skill restrictions for safety. Students can't attend a BaseSchool until they have 3 teachers sponsor them (feel that they are responsible enough to be in the school's progressive environment). Girls usually qualify first...haha.

A3. Hard work means not giving up. And most of the repetition stuff, Reading, Writing and Math practice are gamified to eliminate boredom. If boredom is occurring, we are doing something wrong, and we need to investigate the cause.

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I think it will be very powerful to integrate Future School with Intelligence Circles - Investigating Capsules (IC) , Utilizing diversity and global perspectives to reimagine higher education and Pathfinding education network 

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In case this idea decide to include a gamified user experience designed with scientific precision on its development, my research Max Noble is available for your project whenever you want and my platforms as well. My dear Cecil I see exactly what you do with this one and of course collaboration is the key. It was very nice for you to think about this and thank you.

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Hi cecil mariani 

The idea of a pathfinding network to "customize an unique education path and plan based on their interest, ambitions, passion and curiosity" seems very interesting, and there are many possibilities to link it the ideas you mentioned -also with the draft idea of an OPEN Media Lab I'm working on-.

From my personal experience, the idea of finding your "path" has great potential, nevertheless it is complex, and may engage students more if it is challenge-driven (if the students is finding solutions for personal struggles, or struggles he is familiar with...). For instance, in my case, my interests, ambitions, my passions, and curiosity are constantly changing, and I think is a good thing (and might make interesting, from an AI point of view), nevertheless it is necessary to have something to connect: in my case, challenges have been valuable.

Perhaps you might be interested in learning about System Dynamics (http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/roadmaps/) because the idea of System modeling can give you insights for the platform.

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Gamification is very important. The first 40 hours of the APP is just a game. And during the "Game" the user makes many decisions, each of which train the AI's starting pint for the their unique education. To complete the Game they need to collect 1000 points, then the get access to setup their profile. For the user, this feels like a qualification phase. Input from the user is sent 2 ways. Into the users algorithm and to peer review for approval and then to the AI's algorithm.

APP format
Intro - one page taking about the education and the Game
Game - 40 plus hours to complete. This is where the AI extracts the users data it needs the for the users educational starting point.
Profile-Once the user "qualifies" they are lead through how to setup their profile and follow projects and people.
Dashboard-Is the ever expanding educational experience interface point for the user.



Team , anyone want to do a cool visual for that?

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Kate Rushton , I added an image of the basic people connections. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

I've done the Schools already, So now its time to focus on getting all that research and discoveries into an AI and the interface App. However, The AI, App and Future school must be created together to maximize the results. Fail-fast and keep developing. This is an Education RnD project. We invest hundreds of times more resources in short term economic wealth building endeavors. Education has a longer return on investment..we need to practice more long term thinking and thus win the end game. global sustainability.

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Thank you, Max, the diagram really makes the idea clear in my head. What are the next steps for this idea?

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Kate Rushton , you're a tough customer. I don't like it, but I need it. So, thanks
ok, I'll go back to the drawing board.

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Hi Max, I probably wasn't been very clear. I really like the diagram. I get Future School now. I am just wondering what is the next thing to do. Is it for the team to come up with an educational idea that there is a consensus on and to test it in the school framework.

Am I right in thinking that candidates for Future School could be anyone who has dropped out of college / University and has a 'disruptor' personality? (I hate the word 'dropout'). This would be the ideal school for a young Thomas Edison.

Sorry if a lot of questions seem very basic, I want to try and frame Future School in the mind of someone who has a range of educational options in front of them.

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Kate Rushton , this is a really good point;
"Am I right in thinking that candidates for Future School could be anyone who has dropped out of college / University and has a 'disruptor' personality? (I hate the word 'dropout'). This would be the ideal school for a young Thomas Edison. "

When I go to schools, I ask the administration to give me the "baddest students they have". Don't listen or follow instructions when, class disruptive behavior, cant sit still in their seats, daydreamers, trouble with authority, etc. Those become my best students.haha
They are not good followers, because they are leaders or specialist, the innovators 2.5%

I will post an outline for the next prototype project...its going to be really fun. he team can look at it and decide what roll they want to do.

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Hi Max, Looking forward to the next prototype project, so we can test and get some feedback. Let me know where and how you need help moving it along (don't want to duplicate if something is already in progress) - sorry, been under water and catching up on the comments.

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Thanks Mukund , I'm excited too! What do you enjoy working?

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Hi Max Noble,

Congrats :-)
(1) ia there any leaner's learning experience journey map using human-cantered design approach?
(2) Any feedback from learner and teacher (or learning facilitator) about their learning journey?

Both learning data will help us to refine the learning experience to achieve your creativity maximisation outcome.

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Thanks @Teo John, good questions again.
(A1) Its difficult because every persons journey is different, hence only an AI could manage all this diversity. However, the beginning set-up/training period is common to everyone.I will do an example students experience.

(A2) Honest feedback is important so there is a lot of it. The AI provides objective feedback and the staff provide subjective feedback. How do you think feedback should function?

I really like the spiritually balanced feel in your posts. How do we train an AI to provide such a structure for students? Any thoughts?

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For the training of AI,please refer to following references. You may consider collaborating with Google Deepmind project.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603381/ai-software-learns-to-make-ai-software/
https://deepmind.com/research/dqn/

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Thanks Teo John , I've researched OPEN and Watson. But i think Google is the way to go first too. Especially because of their search technology. One of the main gateways through the EDU AI is through the search feature. I run google right now live in many of my classes. We just need to tune google's search return data, such that it maximizes student learning.
Wow... i get excited just thinking about working with Google...haha

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Future School looks appealing and I particularly like the comment "Teachers only teach what they are passionate about and students can only attend classes if they are interested in learning". This alone would solve many problems in education today. As a current college student, it is frustrating to enjoy a topic but find that the instructor doesn't really want to teach it. At the same time, students are often forced to take courses that they have no interest in. This has a negative impact on the overall learning environment. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to learn and I like the idea that I would be able to choose my own course content.

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I'm excited to hear you like it. I know how you feel, sometimes I would skip a boring class to go sit in on a lecture that I was interested in. haha. Hopefully we can get this thing in BETA before the end of the year and start testing and playing with it.

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Congrats Max Noble  and Team for being selected for the Refinement phase. Looking forward to keep contributing somehow.

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Hi Max and team,

Welcome to the refinement phase, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by using @ and typing my name. Take care,
Kate

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Max, this is really a great idea and something the higher learning has been waiting. I particulary like the intersection of the AI and the human element. It shows that AI is here to help us and not render us irrelevant. Will be watching closely your next steps!

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I'm glad you like it Isaac. We are going start a FUschool project in a few weeks. I will post a outline of the project and then the global team, here, on IDEO can follow or get involved. After you have seen the basic format, you combine it with your idea and run a group project in your local area.

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I think Future School is a great project. I definitely share Future School purpose and values. Education must be a tool not a purpose itself. Currently at school, children learn what have happened in the past, instead of learning what is going on, the way they can contribute to their community or what are the main future challenges. Designing education from future backwards is crucial.
Also I think it is really interesting the basis of Future School education: problem-solving and executing projects. Projects and challenges are what students are going to face in the real world and learning by doing is the only way to really acquire the proper skills and capabilities to solve those problems. Last but not least I would like to highlight the importance of creativity in education, from a space that inspires that ideas flow until tools and methodologies that foster innovation.

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Hey if you feel that way, you should join the team.

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This is really great. I absolutely like the idea of Future School. It is disruptive.

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thanks. It will be disruptive and hopefully if it get built right, it will continue to be disruptive until we get to where we all need to be. Global sustainability. We wont see it in our generation, but we have to work towards it to ensure it happens. My guess is 6 generations. It can be fun too. Picture a beautifully sustainable world and then go for it daily!

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Dear Max,

I really enjoyed your framework and all the research behind it, although what made me show total respect for your idea is the fact that I see someone who has deep motivation on making things happen.

AI and personalization of education as a way to construct individuals who would constantly gain wisdom from the process is a part of my framework as well. I would really like to collaborate with you in order to co-create an open-framework for education. My contribution for your system would be my teams' idea itself.

Intelligence Circles - Investigating Capsules (IC) are a model of engagement where its participants learn, research and develop solutions to problems that they face. I would also like to add you in my team, as FuSchool would be a high potential host for our educational framework.

With Appreciation,
Billy.

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Sounds cool @Billy Korompilias. I got a question for you. People need to learn in waves. How do we define those waves? Have you ever thought about that?

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Biomimicry guides us to mimify nature. From the point of my research and in order to design those waves we need to use a pattern like those who reproduce themselves automatically (Autopoietic Systems).

The science of Cybernetics and Stafford Beer have made a remarkable discovery on the effectiveness of the use of the platonic solids (especially the icosahedron) into the design of such information sharing systems.

In my mind I have imagined groups of learners connected globally by open-frameworks for research and development, all operating through one core canvas (Operating System), that is actually what my research is all about.

Except the technicality though what you call waves, I have visualized it as a new Movement in Arts. A new Renaissance we all experience happening by people who master the Art of Living.

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Kate Rushton . How does the Feedback phase work? I don't see anything happening?
Max

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Hi Max,

The feedback phase is some time for everyone (the whole community) to read the ideas and comment on them (suggest improvements etc.). Some people might use this time to form teams and collaborations.

It is still at the start of the feedback stage and there are 289 ideas. It takes a while for people to read them all. :-)

There should be some more action soon.

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Congrats on this being today's Featured Contribution!

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Thanks for feature...I was so sad I missed it...didn't log in that day.
Max

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Hi Max,

I really like the teachers being a guide and the definition of 'project' being broad to incorporate solo and group work, small and large projects.

I wonder if the interaction FuSchool, Base School, students, teachers and the app could be explained in a diagram to show the interconnections.

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good idea!

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It could start by setting up learning communities on line..working on a project in their major who can invite tutors or lecturers to seek advice in the process of creating a portfolio about the chosen project. The tutors provide iimportant texts online or have face to face sessions. They focus on theoretical points that are connected with the project and suggest critical viewing of multiple texts. The tutors could be people with experience and sound theory knowledge.
Hristina Keranova
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in this way, students get schooling in critical thinking and modify their portfolio depending on what they learn in the process.
assessment could be done on the portfolio, final idea and its artistic presentation, for example.
and attempts at real life utilization of the project..
the projects should be aimed at small community improvement
in a nutshell: a learning community getting instruction periodically by more informed practitioners, professional people, professors
they come because YOU invite them
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sounds interesting...go for it

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Hi Max,

If you had to focus on one aspect of your idea, which one would you i.e. the app, Base School, FuSchools etc.

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 Kate, I've been thinking about your question for a long time. Focus on something.

The Base School is a $10 million facility, it's a dream school. Its further out in the future.

The FuSchools I have done already, We are going to be starting #9 in 3 weeks. I'm really excited about this one because we have a really cool shop to work in. We are also going to be Provotyping the structuring of both AI and APP around this next project. So, it's a work in progress.

The AI is the key to the schools longterm potential. It's also a need because i have have so variables with multiple correlations on different dimensions and scales. That's too much for my mind to decipher and utilize fully, I need an AI mind working on it. I have enough material, systems, processes, filtering, data...etc to test build the AI. But that just gets it up and running in beta, when the data starts flowing in, that's the fun part. It's creative/scientific. But it needs a big team and and resources.

The App is the interface. It's directly tied to the AI and the AI needs to be designed interface-centric.

Team , any thoughts about what to focus on?

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Dear Max,

Maybe you could breakdown the FuSchools' things to do into smaller manageable chunk of tasks and prioritise which to get it done if you are doing it alone OR distribute workload to your other team members for FuSchools. As you are very much the lead person who is into the implementation details, you may need to prioritise and delegate task to your team members.

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Team  Perhaps one good way to start would be starting with basic (but crucial and structural) elements that can later connect and become part of the platform.

For instance,

... How one MOOC / Game / post on social media... will be an 'input' for the Curriculum?
or
... what can we do for "reflecting on what you have done" (on different platforms, social media, games...) and then How will it be part of the Curriculum?

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good idea.
I'm going to start doing that on the next project #9. As I go through it I'll record the structuring.
Work on my deligation...yeah I need a lot of practice in this area.
Check out the project overview...its top level. I'll

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jBuiQAK5BLCL0u7QhwLsM8YD6tWjDIGu8ungvxvwE-Y/edit?usp=sharinghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1jBuiQAK5BLCL0u7QhwLsM8YD6tWjDIGu8ungvxvwE-Y/edit?usp=sharing

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Team The target size for the first Base School will be about 100 team-members to pull it off successfully. You reap what you sow. You do what you want to do...and just get better at it. The last hundred years have been characterized as a time when people go rich off destroying the biosphere. In the next 100 years people who save the biosphere get rich.
Put that on the record.

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This is awesome!!

The idea of seeing the curriculum as a 'constant-learning system' with apps, machine learning, and algorithms, but at the same time with teachers, mentors, projects, the 'student -centered (or learner-centered)' approach, the digital portfolio .... There are great elements for a meaningful change for Future School.

I could follow your idea, and I saw myself on it. Nevertheless, for developing seems complex at the beginning, so I recommend you to have the vision of how you you want it to be in the near future, but also think on the early steps at the beginning ... Think more on a new early, lightweight experiment, and add basic elements to what is already available, for instance students in a MOOC or if you have access to a class in school try with them.

Perhaps my idea of an OPEN Media Lab can give you some ideas as well. I'm thinking on something complex, but I see it as a never ending process on which I'm still refining the structure ( The graph helped me to look it from other angles, so I recommend you to think visually on your Future school too).

PS: I see a lot of System Thinking behind this idea (I'm not an expert, but I'm starting to learn a little about System Dynamics, which might interest you and give you extra insights for this interesting project: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/roadmaps/ and here is one of the first introductory documents: http://static.clexchange.org/ftp/documents/roadmaps/RM1/D-4665-5.pdf)

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Andres Felipe Vera Ramirez , thank and yes the AI is very complicated...haha. Luckily, its designed to allow its own growth based on our objectives. So we just create he starting point and it grows, exponentially. Like Wikipedia...but a lot more fun.

Yep mooc's are great and they will be an important input for the AI. They don't work well with large classes. They are better utilized for individual learning. But this also depends on the ages of the students. I really like using TED or TED-ed in class. they short and engaging and I get more student question. Lecture based is the most traditional teaching method, however I have developed 13 others so far...some of which are much more effective at passing on knowledge.
I have over 8000 hours of experimental education development. Learning is very complex...its beyond our understanding in many cases. Here is where an AI would be helpful for us.

Your OPEN media concept is so on track. The challenge we face is filtering, sorting, tagging, recoging, selecting. all the information out there.

Step one is , Team  How do we form the input architecture of an AI to intake all media

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Hi Max Noble 

I'm not an expert technically (my complexity gap is huge: I constantly learn about the potential of many different things - like AI, Blockchain...-, and I don't know how to take the most from this opportunities). Nevertheless, I like to challenge myself with your question.

Let me share with something I learned recently from the studies I'm starting about System Dynamics."One feature that is common to all systems is that a system’s structure determines the system’s behavior." ... Since I believe in AI as way to augment humans - and not replacing us-, I would like to think on a architecture that allow us to increase the understanding of the structure of systems, starting from the behavior of how we get new capacities, of how we learn, of how we have fun, of how we inform ourselves. I'm not sure if this helps.

From your experience, from the point of view of someone who has we more experience than me, How do we form the input architecture of an AI for this purpose?

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Great question!

"One feature that is common to all systems is that a system’s structure determines the system’s behavior." In the world of current AI technology, this is no longer constant. Exciting stuff, or scary depending how you feel about AI. haha

I think a great AI comes from a strong sense of purpose and a lot of real world experience that the AI is going to be applied to.

For example I have 8000+ hours of observing and facilitating people (4-74) learning and creating things. Classes, projects, events, workshops, lectures, hacks..etc. So i know how an AI could accelerate this process of creating. And the AI is only 10% of the story. What people actually learn or create is the 90%. The 2 systems local/global need to be synced to function fully.

The User Input is one of the easiest inputs (think "like" button). The Global Feed Input is the most challenging input due to global complexity. The Peer Selection Input is another important input, mainly from Mentors and Teachers. Their input is guiding and the AI has very little influence over it. And that's because the Student teacher relationship is the highest priority relationship. The beeter the relationship, the better the learning.

The EDU-AI is a "dumb" AI. It basically just a scheduler/organizer with some fancy tunability options. The architecture or "culture" of the AI is the fun part.

What can your imagination create?

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Thank you !! ... This awesome!

For me, AI is exciting - although I have some concerns, mainly with weapons. In other words, In the Education sector, AI it's 100% exciting.

In you, I see "a strong sense of purpose and a lot of real world experience", so sky is the limit. Do you imagine the content you're seeing in class smoothly blended with games, movies or news (starting in any part of the network)? ... Could you imagine AI allowing you to meet people on the other side on the world when you were learning about some historic moment in the past? ... I agree, this is fun!

PS: Regarding AI, I have my concerns, but initiatives and experts like these are better addressing concerns than me: http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-media-lab-to-participate-in-ai-ethics-and-governance-initiative-0110).

Kind regards !

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 Joi Ito makes a good point that AI spans so many disciplines and thus cant be left to one organization to manage. But rather we need all segments of humanity to collaborate and shape it. Like any technology it's neutral. However I see how its being used right now by some people and their profit driven organizations and I'ts not in everyone's best interest.

Curriculum content can be anything. I gamify boring content, like the big 3: reading, writing and math. Those are skills that need to be practiced and the foundation of future learning.
As for other media I have experimented with it all. Step 1 is showing the kids that the media is out there, Step 2 is training them to find the information that they need to solve their current task or problem. The biggest challenge is training kids to maintain task focus, this will be the AI's job, to train Focus.

"Could you imagine AI allowing you to meet people on the other side on the world when you were learning about some historic moment in the past?" that's a cool idea!

Andres Felipe Vera Ramirez , Here is where I need your help. The largest input for future school is the Global Feed Input. Can you imagine how Open Media Lab could be "pluged in" to an education facility like Future School.

(FYI. Future School is only 10% of the education we need for future generations. 90% needs to be done by other organizations. )

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It's great how this is evolving!

As I said, I don't have many technical skills (but I'll work on it). Nevertheless, one thing that could connect the OPEN Media Lab is having open source modules that allow us to connect different content from different places and make it meaningful... The idea of 'media' is simply doing things that allow us to bigger things, and solving bigger challenges.

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Concept of "tunable curriculum" is very intriguing, allowing learners to gravitate in directions that best suit them. A very inspiring story, somewhat related to this theme, is at https://saltcentre.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/the-story-of-gillian-lynne/ and is worth looking at. Your concept is full of great ideas! Great job!

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Thanks Jim,
I got a question for you? We all need a "push" from time to time. How do we develop this variable into a computer system as a value or matrix of algorithms?

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Maybe a lot of value can be drawn from the sort of "recommender system" algorithms used by Netflix, Amazon, etc. The idea being that insights distilled from what has worked for many other similar people can be useful for a given individual. But the down-side is that that can also lead people to become stuck in a "rut". In biology, random mutations get things "pushed" out of ruts. Maybe the occasional introduction of more or less random directions (not consistent with where the machine learning is telling us about the direction the student is "pulling" in) can help keep things interesting. For example, if you created an algorithm to tell a young Steve Jobs what to study to in order to create computer businesses, the algorithm probably wouldn't tell him to take a course in calligraphy. But that seemingly random course experience greatly influenced the direction of the Macintosh. So that's my "push" recommendation... toss in odd, out-of-pattern stuff every once in a while. By the same token, sometimes bring together collaborators who don't on the surface seem to have anything in common.

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www.inkcourage.org
Andrea Zelenak  , I like this is great. I want to plug it into Future school. Can we get volume discount?

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Hi Max

Really like the idea, especially the AI algorithms that help provide users with content that suits them. I feel several elements could tie in nicely with mine Combining VR, recommendation algorithms, MOOCs, trials & shorter courses to create a more personalized, adaptive learning environment 

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Michael O'Sullivan The schools I have now and the next on I want Future School is a digital technology playground. VR and AR both have a lot of potential in education as the hardware gets better.

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Michael O'Sullivan , So how do we tag VR and AR? so computers programs can search it as fully as possible. Data mine out all the desired elements.

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Actually the key potential in VR/AR in my opinion is in helping the algorithms provide tailored projects and career directions for the students. It would let them virtually try a job as a biologist for example, or as an accountant or teacher or really anything. Then the student can rate their experience, for example saying they really enjoyed the experience of being in the lab rather than an office environment, and preferred the type of work carried out in the lab too. This would help the AI assistant to assign projects and an overall direction that would prepare the student for a future in this area.

The base schools and FuSchools would then help this idea be realized. Of course, once AI and VR become better they could even be part of the education. For example, the project may require some type of work in a lab. Ideally the FuSchools in universities would accommodate this, but VR/AR may also help simulate the lesson, from the BaseSchool or even the user's home! You're already suggesting the phone as the focal point of the concept, and phone AR/VR is improving at a great rate.

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@Michael O'Sullivan, "You're already suggesting the phone as the focal point of the concept, and phone AR/VR is improving at a great rate." thanks a good point faster rate of implementation. One of the major barriers I get from parents on A/R and V/R is the eye manipulation that will occur. When we practice looking a different way our eye muscles build to that "perceptive". So we need to limit the initial exposure time and document the results. perhaps test out an eye exercise routine. Not a big deal.

At the school I want to apply these this technologies to create application for future technology...beyond entertainment. Entertainment is the cash cow, it funds the school.

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Hey Max,
I like the idea, it shifts the focus to teaching the subjects how to learn instead of what to learn witch is really important, crafting the experience to individual learning needs. promots better understanding then memorizing test answers , i like the AI aspect. The self motivation and discovery reminds me of the Montessori system.

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Thanks Iva,
I've stolen a few concepts from Montessori. I took some from Waldorf as well. "don't force any kid 7 or below to sit in a desk."

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Also Max, I am looking at Future School and seeing how it fits in the Gamma and Beta Phases of Social Business RPG. When it is time to move to live-action role-playing. During Gamma phase, participants could pull information through the smartphone to learn the overall content of what their characters should know according to their roles in the company from Sales to Product development. But Beta Phase of my educational model, live-action roleplayers can pull information from their smartphone to be used directly in the project they are engaging. For example, I can see Marketing roleplayer roll dice in which they have success in creating a Marketing strategy and pull that information from their smartphone to be used in their scenario. While there are some things to think more deeply, your idea is useful within my framework, I feel.

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Your article is interesting. I am curious how Future School would operate within my Social Business RPG idea.

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Dathane Turner is such an important learning tool. Do you enjoy teaching it?

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Thanks Max. Well, thats just it. I am learning the practice myself. And I am becoming familiar with the rules of Gurps and how I could use it within a Holacratic framework. So, the next step is to find individual who want to play and that is coming over the horizon.

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Dear Max Noble,

You are doing awesome work in Taiwan :-)
(Q1) Under Future School, the system you mentioned which process students' interests and teachers' insights to tune itself and could recommend curriculum to student. Does it sound like an intelligent AI assistant with deep learning based on the growing dataset?
(Q2) Under Future School, what functions/features do your mobile application perform using the smartphone?
(Q3) Under Base School, what facilities and activities are there to nurture creative confidence of students and teachers?
(Q4) Under Knowledge Network, what selective and quality resources you intend to include to achieve the goals of Future School?

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Dear Teo John ,
Good questions.
A1) yes exactly. I will form an EDU-AI that is fully tune-able by each user. It does all the organizing and scheduling for students and teachers. It will make huge diversity in education possible. Currently diversity in education is limited because there is not enough man power to organize the curriculum but an AI assistant and data driven base can do it in seconds and make changes on the fly.Ever adapting and evolving.

A2) The smartphone or tablet or notebook is your personal gateway to education. Its main function is to keep you on schedule and in touch with all the other people learning and working with you. There are thousands of apps for phones now that can replace hundreds of tools. This lowers the barrier to scientific learning and experimentation. It's also your random examiner. it constantly (tunable) tests you about the curriculum you have learned and it can even pretest you on topics coming up in the schedule to prime your mind for the future learning.

A3)Creative confidence comes from a lot of failure. The facility is designed to account for high failure. Failures are posted and documented with your phone and other teachers and team members can give you feedback and encouragement to take another approach. But you don't have to see the hints if you don't want to, it's optional. And the goal it that students try as hard as they can, to the point of frustration before seeking advice.

A)The Knowledge Network is a plugin. For example, in past classes I plug TED talks and TEDed videos for students. Universites, NGO's, Gov, Non-profits, Companies B's. The only condition for these organization to be plugedin is that they be forward thinking and acting towards sustainability.

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Teo John I like all you posts. Reading them feels like a breathe of fresh air in.
One of the most important things about teachers or mentors in the system, is, they can teach and function in a way that maximizes their experience and leaning. everyone in the organization needs to be in their "zone" as much as possible. Teachers who are in their "zone". over 50% of teachers are stressed out people...bad rolemodles.

We need to get everyone on this planet up Maslovs Triagle. The very top of the triangle is very difficult to achieve. However, the path to obtaining self actualization has 3 main things elements:
growth
connection
meaning

Question:
How do we input such a metaphysical data into a computer?