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What would you (or did you!) do for Credit?
Last year Ohio HS students did some radical projects for graduation credit. Dance. Improv. A trip to Spain. Researching Lou Gehrig's desease in a real research lab. Environmantal studies on Kelley's Island. And more.
If we want to change schools, it should be much, much more. So we ask students, teachers and community members: what would you (did you) do for credit? We ask them to share successful past projects and potential new ones.
It all builds on Ohio's leading-edge new "Credit Flexibility" law. It's all about challenging students to be their best--and allowing them to challenge themselves. One person put it as "Stop making them 10% better at stuff they're bad at & make them 100% better at things they're good at".
Not that it's all about new skills. We learned the old skills (physics, managent) the hard way and we're sticklers for rigor, too. So, its also about finding new, more appropriate ways to learn the basics.
For some students this will mean Khan Academy or iTunesU for credit. For some it will mean a Latin or programming or geography, or dance or music class not available at their school--but taught by a teacher cross-state. For some it will be credit from summer activities; for some it will be volunteering, or internship; for some it will be a research project mentored by a professional researcher.
Our video about the law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAg1pNu2eWY
And about the urgency of supporting students to use it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slF8NYm39hU&feature=related
We've built a web app to serve as a networking platform for students, teachers, parents, community members to share past successes, needs, and ideas about credit flexibility: OhioCreditFlexibility.org/
(Although initially targeted to the unique setup in Ohio, other states are following, and the effort can be scaled across the nation soon.)
The next steps are further evangelization, project-sharing, and community-building:
- Printing and placing flyers at ed
schools and universities
- Conducting a logo contest among HS students, to try to
- conducting a HS video contest
- conducting a poster contest; then distributing copies of the winning posters
- speaking to Rotary, Kappa Delta Pi, anyone who will
- figuring out how to scale, go multi-state, attract capital
- building more of the site
- finding more examples to share
10,000 Credit Flex Students by 2013:
The project will bring participation from a few hundreds of students today, to 10,000 by early 2013. It will bring "Blended" digital learning to students who power down their apps and switch to staid textbooks when they get to school.
It will make learning more customized. It will change how many students think of school.