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Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash


On November 15th,  I'll be facilitating an ADVIS workshop titled "How Might Exponential Technologies Impact Teaching & Learning?"

Naturally the workshop has me thinking a lot about what schools should be doing now, especially because that the rate of change continues to accelerate.

But before your school can do anything meaningful with exponential technologies, you need to understand them first.

To that end, the Basecamp team recommends that your school create a small team to:

  • Read the definitive books (so far) to orient yourself to the landscape. These include Weapons of Math Destruction (O'Neil, 2016), World Without Mind (Foer, 2017), The Seventh Sense (Cooper Ramo, 2016), Whiplash (Ito & Howe, 2016), Thank You For Being Late (Friedman, 2016), The Industries of the Future (Ross, 2016), The Great Questions of Tomorrow (Rothkopf, 2017), and The Second Machine Age (Brynjolfsson & McAfee, 2014).
  • Read journalism / commentary on emerging trends. Our favorites are Peter Diamandis' "Abundance Insider" and Azeem Azhar's "Exponential View." For more speculative and philosophical insights (in bite-sized format), Basecamp and our design partner FutureSculpt produce "Signals."
  • Run multiple, short experiments that investigate how to form students for a world in which exponential technologies are the dominant force. You could run a bootcamp in artificial intelligence programming, a J Term class on the "Ethics of Immersive Technologies," and much, much more.

As always, the Basecamp perspective is that you should filter what you read, discuss, and test through the lens of your Mission > Vision > Culture.

If you are in the Philadelphia region on November 15th, I hope you'll join us for the ADVIS's "How Might Exponential Technologies Impact Teaching & Learning?"

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Christian Talbot