Today, March 2, we come to the climax of our week of brainstorming a future of education project. Yes, it’s day #5 of the FOECast ideation week, the final day! That means a push to create, based on everything we’ve done all week. Put another way, this is when we distill down our insights.
Today’s prompt is, generate a plan or prototype for a new future of education project.
In other words, what do you think a Future of Education Forecast might look like?
Think about it. This week more than one hundred people from around the world have brainstormed, ideated, refined, and scoped out loud, from video to Twitter to Slack to Google Doc and more. We started with big questions of value and method, then narrowed things down by form and scope. We’ve been talking about the way things could work. Now we’re poised to whip up some first plans and mock-ups.
Don’t be intimidated by the sound of “plan” or “prototype”. Be as sketchy, drafty, basic, and outline-y as you need to. Nobody’s getting graded or assessed. This is a design thinking exercise, not a professional production line. We are playful, not somber. The goal is to try out the ideas, to gesture in the future’s direction.
Bend your thoughts in that direction, then share your drafting plans or prototypes. We’ve set up two Google Docs for the first two projects, loaded with helpful questions and framing (Design Jam #1, Design Jam #2) (and by “we” I mean the awesome Keesa V. Johnson; thank you!). We can put up more if you like, or you can seize your own preferred platform and have at it.
There are other places for you to work, too: in comments on this blog post; in the Google Doc; on your own blog; in the Slack channel; on Twitter, using hashtag #FOECast; on other social media venues. Make physical things with paper or Legos. Shoot a video or record a podcast. Be as public or private as you like. Comment on this post or ping me directly if you have questions or want to make sure we see your contributions.
- Maha Bali (Egypt) blogged about the difference between forecasting what was likely to happen versus what one thinks should happen.
- Kay Oddone (Australia) blogged about the week’s progress, meditating on how things have progressed. She’s like FOECast to be an ongoing process, always in beta, flexible and in reinvention mode. To visualize this, Kay created a rich graphic, and invited us all to respond to it, including editing it, I think (!):
She also offered this sweet and startling take: “For me, Project FOECast is not only focused on the production of information for others – it in itself is a learning community”.
- On a recent blog post, Taylor Kendal offered this neat vision:
At a quick glance of the GDoc word-cloud…a single threaded statement was glaring back at me: “Look to community to think new and see good ideas and a future approach.” (right edge of prominence, read top to bottom). Likely some degree of pareidolia, but felt good nonetheless.
- There’s been a lot of discussion about a two-level project, including data and narratives, or macro and micro domains.
- The consensus seems to be that whatever project we like, it should be collaborative and community-oriented.
Looking ahead a little, after today’s prototyping and planning is done, there are some things coming up next week:
- an evaluation form, for people to reflect on this week’s wild ride
- recordings and other documents from the week
- a first reflection on how it went
- reflections on what FOECast is doing and becoming
- and more, from all kinds of people.
Happy planning and prototyping!