What if... 3 ideas from Hawaii

 The Punahou School hosted a Future of Learning panel discussion on 1/25. I was privileged to join my fellow panelists (left to right): Basecamp Design Partner Viktor Venson; Dan Kinzer, Director of Punahou's Luke Center for Public Service; John Francis, "Planetwalker" and National Geographic Fellow; Robyn Vierra, Associate Director of Punahou's Wo Center for Global Learning; and Tony Wagner, author of  Creating Innovators  and Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.

The Punahou School hosted a Future of Learning panel discussion on 1/25. I was privileged to join my fellow panelists (left to right): Basecamp Design Partner Viktor Venson; Dan Kinzer, Director of Punahou's Luke Center for Public Service; John Francis, "Planetwalker" and National Geographic Fellow; Robyn Vierra, Associate Director of Punahou's Wo Center for Global Learning; and Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators and Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.


Viktor Venson and I spent last week at the Punahou School, the largest independent school in the country. Our visit included a "Future of Learning" panel discussion with "Planetwalker" John Francis and educational innovation expert Tony Wagner.

That conversation yielded several interesting "What if's." Here are my three favorites.

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"What if schools were to grow outside of their campus walls? What if there were a 'walking culture'--what might students and teachers learn from walking the world outside of campus that they couldn't learn by staying on campus?"

--John Francis

"What if every student maintained a question journal? And what if, every once in a while, we asked students to circle one of her questions and pursue it?"

--Tony Wagner

"What if there were a virtual reality 'library' that allowed learners to mix and remix possible futures? And if a learner found one possible future appealing, what if the program would tell that learner, 'If you like this, here are some ways you can get to this future...'?"

--Viktor Venson

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Each Wednesday we share a "what if" scenario. These are not suggestions as much as provocations.

If you have a "what if" scenario you would like to share, just send an email (and indicate whether you would like it attributed it to you).

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Christian Talbot