As of April 2016 I serve as Director of Innovation and Technology for GEMS Nations Academy – Dubai. In this role I am collaborating with a founding team in UAE to build a prescient school focused on preparing children for entrepreneurial learning in a networked world.
From 2014-2016 I served as Lead Technology and Innovation Officer for GEMS Americas | GEMS World Academy Chicago. My focus was on organizational leadership and vision for technology and innovation across divisions, idea development, and running and effective innovation process for the organization. I was responsible for the design, implementation and research of innovations for interdisciplinary teams, inquiry based curriculum, mobile, connected and blended learning, field studies and the technologies that expand these practices. I remain an advisor to this amazing school.
What I do.
I help individuals and groups vision and implement new learning spaces that are intellectual, social and physical.
This is why
Today, learning in a networked world is possible in unique forms and needed like never before. As the internet and connectedness empower a generation, it is imperative to design and co-design learning ecologies that reflect emerging theory and practice in education to support people and human organization in new and productive ways.
Working with communities of learners in new educational ecologies feels prescient and inspiring. These new spaces encourage design thinking and research, interdisciplinary innovation, blended learning and community connection. Physical borders of schools and institutions (as structures that exist for themselves) are being reshaped for our collective 21st century social, economic, and environmental interdependence and individualization. To unlock education in this way is to see project learning, field studies and other methods of learning emerge that are mobile, rigorous, and meaningful to the individual, their community and the world. These motions in education are in direct relation to young people and their needs and to see the world as a ubiquitous human landscape for learning in the 21st century may be the only way to solve the problems of the 21st century. New learning ecologies applied to education, leadership, and the creativity of teams have created a resilient mesh that is intuitive, complex, connected and design based. I am interested in how these new networked forms of learning are researched, designed and ultimately worked within.
I am kept both aloft and alight by a voracious need to learn and contribute to our collective futures.
My teaching, learning, leading and design based research have focused on planning with students in technology rich, socially relevant learning spaces that utilize interdisciplinary innovation, ICT in education (ePortfolios, blended learning environments, networked (connected) learning) mobile learning, project based learning and experiential education.
I design and co-design projects that question the contexts, barriers and frontiers of learning communities.
I have presented on an array of topics at conferences around North America.
I am currently writing a three field guide series on new learning ecologies.
I hold a BA in History from University of Puget Sound, and an MA in Education from University of Maine, where I studied under the democratic education theorists and practitioners Dr. Edward Brazee and Dr. Gert Nesin. My doctoral research with Dr. Brazee focuses broadly on how network learning, both online and face to face can carry the democratic learning space into the 21st century. I am moved by the work of Seymour Papert, Kurt Hahn, Stephen Downes, James Beane, Reggio Emilia, and many more educators who hold children and society as self determined.
I share my life with an incredible wife and two sons. As of June 2016 I live in Dubai, UAE and on the coast of Maine. I am a runner, biker, avid hiker, backpacker, and boater who has lived and played in the most remote areas of North America and the world over the last twenty years. My deepest inspiration is derived from my family and the individuals and young people I work with who are dedicated to problem solving for our collective human futures.