The edu180atlbeta has begun!
I’ve blogged a couple of times about the idea a few friends at area schools and I had tweeting back and forth one evening—taking a page from the great 3-six-5 project, we thought it would be great to create a venue to share stories of learning (by teachers, students, parents and more) in the Atlanta area schools.
After a couple of early morning breakfast planning sessions, we’ve now launched the beta site, an one month trial to test the idea before launching it for the 2011-12 school year. We’ve developed a schedule of writers who each day will post a 250 word reflection on the question “what did you learn today?”
So far, the first two posts have been posted, and it’s an extraordinary start.
- 8th grader Whit Weinmann posts about the power of connections, a wonderful opening.
- Media specialist Amanda Stavropoulos posts about connecting with the village right outside the doors of our schools to educate children. You’ve got to read about this awesome lesson that empowered 6th graders to travel back in time to meet King Henry VIII.
I also want to use this post to invite you to consider starting a edu180 in your city or neighborhood. It would be wonderful to launch a networked group of blogs in the upcoming school year. If you’re interested, we’d be happy to share all of the resources we’ve used to get set up.
Could this be just the ticket to change the conversation about education from Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, and Sal Kahn to Whit Weinmann and Amanda Stavropoulos? We’ll see…