Tag Archives: intercultural dialogue

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. […]

Stories of Human Migration: The potential for students to learn about the world, themselves, and perspectives on the past?

Emi Kane and Sarah Sheya, who have done a great deal of work on this curriculum, contributed to the ideas in this post. Nathalie Popa also contributed. Approximately 1000 teenage students from varied geographic locations and family backgrounds are currently participating in our Stories of Human Migration curriculum, a learning journey that addresses a timely […]

#RayofHope: Inspiring thoughts from Out of Eden Learn students

For many of us—especially in the United States—the political landscape in which we currently find ourselves is increasingly unnerving. With so much divisiveness in our public discourse and an often overwhelming amount of troubling news stories, it can be difficult to find moments of inspiration, hopefulness, or clarity. Now, more than ever, we (the Out […]

The potential value of Out of Eden Learn for English language learners

Ann Rooney teaches at Wilderness School, an all-girls school in Adelaide, Australia. She teaches English as a second language to international students aged 16-17, who come from China. You can read more about Ann’s work on her Edublog The Possibility Post. I teach a small class consisting of eight students whose English abilities range from […]

Some Suggestions for Encouraging Thoughtful Cross-Cultural Inquiry and Exchange

This work is co-authored by Anastasia Aguiar, Susie Blair and Liz Dawes Duraisingh. Over the past year, our team has gained some clarity in terms of articulating the Out of Eden Learn model for fostering thoughtful cross-cultural inquiry and exchange among diverse youth. We have avoided using the term “culture” explicitly in our curriculum, in […]

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 […]

Finding a Deeper Purpose in the Classroom Through Out of Eden Learn

Hollis Scott is a 5th grade teacher at Montair Elementary School in Danville, California. Her students participated in Out of Eden Learn last year. I am a fifth grade teacher in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. I came to teaching after having worked in the corporate banking world, as a startup representative […]