beta tool of validation

 [link to original doc – 2010]
seeking authentic

[oi me in 2010 from me in 2023 – ie: validation ness – though in my 2 min video.. linked above to word .. validation has to do with conditions of freedom.. not about validating people.. so that’s good.. just hadn’t seen yet how binding and cancerous distraction ing even a raised eyebrow could be.. et al]

We believe the new standard is a process (personal learning networks) rather than a specific content. This grid is fashioned to initiate validations/conversations for this process.
Data and research on innovative ideas is a difficult thing and we limit our youth when we continue to fit validation into rules the educational institutionalism has deemed as the way.

personal learning networks
via @wendydrexler
develop (students)
facilitate (teachers)
validate (community/public/everyone)

build an organization where people can do art

  • Make connections to expert individual tutors
  • Background check via bios and google checks, etc – submit to curric comm
  • Make connections to mentors

use passion detector to first determine authenticity of said passion

  • Skills acquired are transferable if passion is switched
  • Level of engagement increases and sustains
  • Questions asked pertain to deep thinking as opposed to end goals such as grades

failure: doing what your told, having very few failures
success: change

passion fed courses/schools
passion fed courses
p. 178 The Element: At the very least, good mentoring raises self-esteem and sense of purpose. But mentroing takes an elevated role for people when it involves directing or inspiring their search for the Element.note on passion pursuit via @aenclade:
As to finding a student’s passion in class setting, we need to be careful that we’re not setting up some kind of holy grail of passion discovery…a sense that there is one thing they need to find and then they’re done. …. It’s the actual passion (feeling of excitement and wanting to know more) that’s important, not the actual subject matter itself.  …It’s the knowing of the self, the courage and self-discipline to dive in to any particular interest and the wherewithal to “ship it” as Seth Godin says.on passion and flow via john hagel
exemplars:7th grade pln, ben wilkoff, mollybob, will richardson, plpnetworkgreat video for pln training: skip viagreat resource via Melissa LIm (via Toni Theisen)
  • Model learning through pln’s (with or w/o tech)
Richardson: how to network a) safely b) ethically c) efficiently
  • Invite them places w/rich questions
  • Get out of the way
  • Repeat till 1,2,3 is flow
  • Log and document via:
1. journal
2. blog
3. flipvideo
again – symbaloo
This documentation will be
a) their validation of success
b) their gift to others wanting to try it
c) a means to educate their public
passion fed courses
a class approach via Michael Wescha pln approach via hardy
product shipment
  • The most valuable product to others will be a documentation of the process/thinking. The goal is learning how to learn, not a particular content
ie: hard copy journals, blogs, or flipvideos, capture the essence of the journey, thoughts along the way
  • Status is not from teacher but from other kids in class.If we don’t learn socially there’s a host of things we’ll never learn.
  • As long as others aren’t getting it you know that your learning isn’t complete yet

ie: weekly journal/blog/video check

  • Experts read/view as well
  • Success is defined by how everybody is doing
  • The quality of the school should depend on the innovation of of the kids
assess through portfolios/google-ability/your public’s growth
authentic assessment

  • skype video of composition vs a grade in music class
  • ning site filled with 100’s of students across the globe or an a in an elective
  • blog site of written and verbal correspondence with students in spain or an a in spanish
  • solving a city or state or national or global problem (sla) or and a in civics
  • helping to solve a local or national or global budget problem, or getting an a in math

(note – the 2nd choice for each could be just as authentic – not dissing -just noting a new look at assessment.)

passion fed courses

faq on the
Innovation Lab
students:approx 60
current requests… pending

csu students:
one class – jr pre-teachers as cohortlocation:
ind tech bldg at TV…
a true testing ground… with several types of tech tools…
a learning space designed for innovation

half time… to give back rather than take fte

other teachers:
talked to 10 so far

creating their own plns – creating their dream course – brought back kindergarten smiles

csu validation:
csu prof and i permission to write up a course to get credit for existing teachers in personal learning networks

a new standardized testing
1. access
(bandwidth, tool, time)
2. process
(teachers/admin modeling personal learning networks)
3. connectivity
(students developing personal learning environments)great resources – school of the futureresources for qualitative analysis via @tomfullertonvalidating pd via blogging, and other great benes.. etc via @gcouroswhy pln’s esp for teachers? – voicethread via @courosa
What about higher ed? Where will these kids fit in?latest: iberry
connections over content – open source higher ed

ie: rather than loading up on all we’ve always said… use these connections to determine what is needed, what you are lacking, then use the above to fill in the holes

we don’t need incrementalism, we need new models 132


  • judy baker  Foothill de anza– higher ed in 10-20 years  – you don’t have to take these 60 courses or whatever it is to be a journalist. someone will identify your gaps and then you address the gaps in whatever way possible
  • Paul Kim – chief tech officer of Standford Uni’s School of Ed:
  • The world’s last renewable resource: human creativity – and good thing – because that’s what we’re hard-wired for – Jaak Panskepp, a neuroscientist at Washington State Uni


  • traditional path – hs/college 10%
  • the other 90% – personal learning path

more (some may be duplicated above) via shelly terrell:
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on the brilliant kahn academy

We’re talking about turning pages that have never been turned before..
The hard work we have to do is not hide from the art, but to look at the status quo and determine we want to be doing things that matter.
Reminder… this is an Innovation Lab… for testing out ideas…2010-2011… will be only a small population of TSD.

Lucas, student leader of Innovation Lab, used this doc when presenting to the district curriculum committee.

a reminder from Seth Godin: validation is overrated.