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Creating The Open IDEO Classroom

Open IDEO could be used as a teaching program to children younger than 18. Mentors would supervise the children and approve their concepts to be published. They would also teach students how to work together with others to achieve a common goal.

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   We could use Open IDEO as a teaching tool motivated students could use to prepare themselves for the "real world". Children under 18 (preferably between the ages of 16 to 18) would sign up as students. They would receive a mentor who would guide them through the stages of brainstorming and collaborating. Mentors would receive up to five children to monitor. Mentors would read the students' posts and approve them to be published. Students must apply to get their articles published. Students cannot publish anything without their mentor's approval. Mentors are responsible for whatever the students post. Mentors and students could communicate through a messaging service set up by Open IDEO. Administrators would monitor these messages and posts and an any inappropriate comments would lead to their account being terminated. Mentors must create a positive learning environment for the students.
To implement this concept we would need to:

1. Spread The Word:
   Open IDEO must be known throughout the learning community for students to register. Administrators can visit schools to talk about this program. Posters can be hung up at schools. News of this program must be so big that students would come home to tell their parents about it.

2. Approve Mentors:

   Members who have been members for over a year and wish to monitor students can apply to become a mentor. Administrators would evaluate these members, based on what they've posted and how much they contributed to the community, ranking them based on their potential. As soon as students start registering, mentors will be assigned to children.

3. Registration:
   Students will ask their parent's permission and create an account. They would post articles and actively participate in the Open IDEO community.

   Both mentors and students must notify when they will vacation or when they wish to quit Open IDEO, for they will be replaced by other mentors or students. Students must also notify administrators when they are older than 18, so their account can be turned into a normal account.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

My concept will support students under 18 and over 18. Students under 18 will learn how to work together with others with a mentor to guide them through the process and teach them the ways of the road. Students over 18 will still learn to work together with others, which is a very important workforce skill, without guidance because they are adults and are mature enough to go on without guidance. My concept will help children of any age smoothly transition into the workforce.

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

I believe Open IDEO will best support this transition because it exposes you to hundreds of people you would never meet with out this program. Students would be forced to work with mature adults who share maybe nothing in common but the strive for a better world.

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Thank you Waris Misbah for coming up with the original idea I built on.

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Interesting idea. I think there is a lot of potential in using openIDEO and there are in fact already a couple of university students teams on the platform. It would be indeed interesting to use it also with high school students. Are you thinking of having the mentors located in one specific school and coaching a group of students in that school.
One could also imagine developing a platform for high schools with maybe some specific challenges or more specific feedback. This will take away the possibility of interacting with adults, but it might allow to focus more on communication, collaboration and creativity... Just a thought.

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To answer you first question, no mentors would not be assigned to certain schools since there are so little OpenIDEO users. There may be as few as zero Open IDEO students in a school at a time. Mentors would be randomly assigned to simulate having a boss. You would communicate through an email system based on the OpenIDEO website.

I like your idea of a special platform for high schools. They could be used to fix problems within a school such as tardiness and laziness. Students could interact in a more friendly, creative environment.

Overall, I like your ideas, but it would be inappropriate to adopt these ideas as my own. They are very different then my original intentions, so I think it would be best if you built on my concept. I would surely applaud your new concept if published.

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Hi Noam,

thanks for the clarification on the role of mentors. I am not completely sure about the "simulating the boss" part as it seems to me that it could create some tension with the collaboration taking place on the platform but that might be possible.

My suggestion of creating specific challenge was more to be able to create specific challenges for high school students and include the mentors more... but I understand your perspective. I think you could include this as an option in your concept, although I also understand if it does not fit in your focus.

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Hi Anne,

You're welcome. The "simulation of the boss" would basically mean that the mentor would give students deadlines they must finnish their work by similar to being a journalist. Students would have to publish at least six articles a year and mentors would edit their articles and send them back if need be. Mentors would be like editors of newspapers the way they hand out deadlines and approove articles. They would also be like teachers guiding the students through the process.

I guess since it is past concepting time that I must add that second piece to my article. Thanks for the feed back.

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Sorry I can't add that second part to my article; it wouldn't work with my previous article. Take this as a lesson. If you want something to be done, do it yourself because sometimes the other person may not be able to complete it for you.

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On your first comment: thank you for this clarification.
On your second comment: No worries. I did not expect you to add it. I was trying to explore possibilities of growning your concept.

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