Tag Archives: storytelling

Stories without borders

Yan Yang currently works as a research assistant for Out of Eden Learn. A doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is interested in researching teaching and learning as exploratory experiences in various contexts. She was a preschool teacher in China before studying at HGSE. Walking past Israel and the West Bank […]

Our Places and Our Worlds

Jessica Fei is a member of the Out of Eden Learn team and a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is a Spencer Foundation Early Career Scholar in New Civics. With separate funding from The Germanacos Foundation, Jessica is running a pilot study called Story/Space to complement what we are […]

Out of Eden Learn in China

Vincent Chunhao Qian recently graduated from the Human Development and Psychology master’s program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This past semester he has helped Out of Eden Learn with outreach efforts and has attended our weekly team meetings. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to combine a visit home with a visit […]

Refining our learning and research goals reprised

In a recent post I discussed our attempts to refine our curriculum and research agenda for Out of Eden Learn. I particularly focused on the concepts of “slow” and “culture” as two themes that stood out to us from informal interviews with young people and educators, as well as from participant reflections on our website. […]

Catching up with Paul

On Tuesday April 29, participating teachers in Out of Eden Learn enjoyed a Google+ Hangout conversation with Paul. The technology was shaky at times – both for Paul in Israel and two of our teachers joining us from the Northwest Territories of Canada and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, it was a rich conversation. Paul updated […]

“Leaving our Edens”

Project Zero and Harvard University winds down over the holiday period and I and the rest of the team have been taking a bit of a break from all things Out of Eden Learn. However, we are really looking forward to entering a new phase of our journey as we welcome a new cohort of […]

A Space for Dialogue

Upon logging in to Out of Eden Learn, students are greeted by a Google image of the earth. Red pins point to the locations of schools in a walking party; yellow markers indicate where Paul Salopek has been in his journey. The map neatly illustrates our co-existence, and the distances that can be bridged by […]

“To Walk the World”: Paul Salopek’s Epic Reporting

This month, Paul Salopek’s reporting graces the front cover of the iconic, yellow-framed, glossy National Geographic Magazine – a publication that has appeared without interruption for the past 125 years. It has a circulation today of over 8 million copies worldwide and is published in 36 different languages. In a first for the organization, Paul’s […]

Everybody has a story

Until recently I was the Head of Social Studies at Crofton House School in Vancouver, Canada. This fall I take up the position of Assistant Principal at Bodwell High School, also in Vancouver. In the first of two blog posts, I reflect on what I and my 11th grade students gained from participating in the […]

Life Stories and Lessons About Life

In a previous post I described how participating students interviewed someone from their neighborhood aged 50 years or older (TAPPING INTO THE KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVES OF NEIGHBORS). In those interviews students gained a new perspective on their neighborhoods. They also learned about and from the life stories of those they interviewed. Given that students were […]