Author Archives: Sarah Sheya

Elevating Youth Voice: the Power of Participatory Design

Every summer for the past 23 years, Project Zero has hosted an annual institute on teaching and learning known as the Project Zero Classroom at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The institute is a convening of educators, administrators, and professionals from the non-profit and technology sectors from around the world. Throughout the week, participants […]

Enriching user experience and online interactions: Supporting sustained and varied dialogue on Out of Eden Learn

The Out of Eden Learn platform is a unique online space that supports young people to interact, share stories and be their authentic selves in a safe environment. It is different from other social media in many ways. Most notably, participants create pseudonyms and at no point share their real names or pictures of themselves. […]

Beyond waypoints and world maps: Disrupting our understanding of diversity

Over 20,000 young people have participated in Out of Eden Learn in sixty countries around the world. Just over 50 percent of students have participated from public or government-funded institutions, about one percent are homeschooled, and the rest have participated from private or independent schools. Sixty percent of students have participated from within the United […]

Traversing Worlds: a collaborative video by Out of Eden Learn students and team members

Out of Eden Learn produces “Glimpses from the Classroom” videos (here’s one of a 5th grade class in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA, and another of a kindergarten class in Piraeus, Greece) to provide our community with windows into what Out of Eden Learn looks like and means for participants. Naturally, we planned for the next video […]

Uncovering the Everyday: Student work from the Out of Eden Learn project

Young people in countries around the world are slowing down to notice, appreciate, investigate and uncover the everyday in their neighborhoods and local communities. We hope students develop a capacity for and inclination toward slow looking and listening by participating in the Out of Eden Learn curriculum. We recently published a two-part series on our […]

Documenting Piraeus: Part 2 of 3

While in Piraeus, team member Jessica Fei and I took the opportunity to put into practice some Out of Eden Learn activities. Below you’ll see two pieces: an interactive map and a video in the style of Paul’s Glances. In our Core Learning Journey 1 curriculum, we invite young people to explore what is most […]

Beyond Our Platform in Piraeus, Greece: Part 1 of 3

Sarah Sheya is the Project Coordinator of Out of Eden Learn. She joined the team in November of 2014. Sheya, as she prefers to be called, manages the day-to-day operations and develops media and outreach tools for the project. This post is part one of a three-part series on Out of Eden Learn’s recent trip […]