United States of America

The Learning {RE}imagined team now have an epic tour of the US ahead of us where we’ll be meeting thought leaders and original case studies from both the East and West Coast from Noam Chomsky to Sir Ken Robinson with numerous inspirational thinkers and doers in between. If you have any questions or comments for the people we’re visiting please feel welcome to add them in the comments section below.


Over the next two weeks we will be visiting:


Katie Salen and the Quest to Learn school in New York. This school was designed from the ground up by a team of teachers and game designers, and firmly grounded in 30 years of learning research.


Social and political theorist, Noam Chomsky, to learn more about his insights on the purpose of education and whether technology can have a liberating role or one that automates.


edX logoAnant Agarwal, the President of edX, a non-profit venture between Harvard and MIT with the objective of bringing the best of higher education to students around the world via MOOCs and interactive online classes.


Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. Under Resnick the group developed the “programmable bricks” that became the basis for LEGO Mindstorms and also the Scratch programming language that makes it easier for kids to create animated stories, art and video games.


MIT Media Lab LogoEric Rosenbaum, co-founder of Makey, Makey which bills itself as “An Invention Kit for Everyone” and is essentially a set of easy-to-use invention kits that pretty much anyone can use and make stuff with.


John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design. An advocate of STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering ART and Math), John’s work in design, technology and leadership explores where these fields merge. We will also be meeting a number of John’s colleagues at the RISD.


Sir Ken Robinson, regarded by many as the worlds pre-eminent thinker on creativity and learning. His talks on education reform are amongst the most popular and accessible in the world. His talk on “how schools kill creativity” is the TED organisation’s most visited with nearly 20 million viewings.


ideo logoSandy Speicher, who leads the education practice at IDEO – the global design consultancy who have taken the lead on promoting “design thinking” solutions to some of the worlds most challenging problems including education. Sandy was the person behind IDEO’s free “Design Thinking for Educators” toolkit available here.


Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, artist, writer and virtual reality pioneer. Given that, perhaps in light of recent privacy allegations, both Apple and Google declined our kind invitations to visit we thought a meeting with Jaron to discuss his ideas around the shift from a physical economy to a digital one would be relevant and perhaps more enlightening.


High Tech High, San Diego. Not to be confused with the dystopian High Tech High described in our 1989 predictor of education 2010 but a charter school with a focus on “teaching students to think deeply about content and then do something with their knowledge, not just race through a textbook” and where students “can play video games at school as long as they made them”.


TED-Ed logoLogan Smalley, Director, TED-Ed. A former teacher and TED Fellow, Logan heads up the concept, design, outreach strategy and overall execution of TED-Ed, the education initiative of the TED organisation.


Altogether we’re looking forward to an “excellent adventure” in the USA meeting some amazingly interesting people, asking lots of questions and learning a lot. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and please feel welcome to post any questions that you’d like us to ask our participants!