Author Archives: Carrie James

Out of Eden Learn as a Site of Civic Agency

Out of Eden Learn’s curricula and platform are explicitly oriented around three broad themes: slowing down, exchanging stories, and making connections. Carried out locally and through online exchanges with youth from different backgrounds, we see our program as a powerful vehicle for a range of potential outcomes – developing new insights about one’s own identity, identifying […]

Walking shoes, global trade, Santa and more: Paul Salopek responds to young people’s questions

In December, some members of the Out of Eden Learn (OOEL) team visited Paul Salopek in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he will spend the winter before resuming the Out of Eden Walk in the spring, heading east towards China. We took the opportunity to organize a Google+ hangout chat between Paul and OOEL participating schools. Scheduling our chat for […]

After the Election: Reflections from Out of Eden Learn

This post was co-authored by Carrie James and Shari Tishman. This week, the US presidential election came to a close with an outcome that surprised many in the US and around the world. This election will be widely discussed and remembered as one of the most contentious and challenging elections in our history. Both the campaign and its […]

Cultivating Cosmopolitanism in a World of Echo Chambers

At the end of July, Project Zero held its seventh annual Future of Learning institute for educators. This year’s theme focused on “nurturing digital and global citizenships.” Taking a broad conception of citizenship, the institute explored how educators might support youth to develop the skills and dispositions to engage meaningfully with others in their own […]

Exploring Dialogue on OOEL, Part 2: Notice, Connect, Extend, and Snip

In my last post about the Dialogue Toolkit, I reviewed the purpose of our toolkit and described two core moves – Appreciate and Probe – with examples from student work.  To reiterate, the aim of the Dialogue Toolkit (co-developed with Chris Sloan) is to promote thoughtful, mindful exchanges between young people participating in Out of […]

Exploring Dialogue on Out of Eden Learn, Part 1: Appreciate and Probe

Out of Eden Learn (OOEL) is designed around three core learning goals. Across the different “footsteps” (activities) in our curriculum, we emphasize: slowing down and closely observing the world; exchanging stories/careful listening to the stories of others; and exploring how individual lives connect to the lives of others. In developing an online community where students share their […]

Digital Citizenship in Out of Eden Learn: Our Community Guidelines

In recent months, the Out of Eden Learn team has been thinking hard about how we can improve our online community – especially our sense of community. In the fall, we unveiled our new dialogue toolkit, which is a set of suggested moves and routines designed to support meaningful dialogue on our platform. In the wake […]