We want to find a way to indoctrinate kids in the beauty and usefulness of the scientific method. These amazingly connected kids have already had their brains rewired by the speed, diversity, and even depth of the information and media in which they are immersed. We need to come at them from every direction, play to any and all of their strengths, and remediate as many of their weaknesses as we can.
Anyone with knowledge and skills in education, science, content creation, new media tools or anyone with energy and ingenuity who thinks this is a good idea, is welcome to participate in this process of creation.
I will be following the Challenge Based Research model in the Educational Media Design and Technology program at Full Sail University to close in on the design for this program over the next year. Because it is my innate style, at this point I plan for the program to also be Challenge Based, centered around kids asking and answering questions collaboratively and mostly independently of adults, by designing and deploying technology they can grasp and use themselves to solve their problems.
If you wish to join me in this quest, make yourself a part of it by participating in this blog. In the next few months we will be reviewing the literature on the subject, collecting concepts, and doing some pilot research to validate the resulting ideas. We will also need to collect some target populations of kids to help test our plans, so if you are a teacher with access to a population we could survey and test with, that would be welcome.