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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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    Feb 15 2012: This just tweeted from @willrich45 "High Tech High commons area. pic.twitter.com/igYi0NDE"
    HTH is one of the best Project Based Learning (PBL) models I know. How far is its reach? Has their internal teacher training program enabled their model to scale? Anyone know?
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      Feb 15 2012: This seems to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome when seeking out investors in the educational sector... Convincing them that a service (and not a product) can be scaled and distributed in order to ensure big returns.

      But I think it's hard to distinguish those things that can be standardized and algorized and put on a tech platform. Are there components of teaching that technology can't touch? Like immediate feedback via facial expressions?

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