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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: I've been reading a lot lately about how technology has literally re-wired the pathways inside of a kid's brain. They simply don't process information the same way we did growing up (I'm 52). I assume they mean that metaphorically, but maybe not. I run a Sunday school program for 190 kids. We have no leverage with these kids at all (meaning no grades, report cards, suspensions, etc). I am always looking for better ways to engage their minds in the sheer pleasure of learning. It seems to me that working in small groups and having small group discussions works the best. I'm anxious to see what people here have to say.

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