Harley Witt

World Learning Tree
Vernon Rockville, CT, United States

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Bio

HPMT Program Manager
IBM Integrated Supply Chain

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Engineering, entrepreneurship

An idea worth spreading

Use highly entertaining transparent education to teach the entire world.

I'm passionate about

Sustainability, Education, Technology

Universities

University of Arizona

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Harley Witt
Posted about 5 years ago
Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education
A few other pointers in case someone that can do something is listening. Web Interface-The content needs to be instantly available through a browser (see 3D Unity {soon they will have windows dev version}) Great Web Design-search"Red Interactive Agency" for a fantastic web site/experience. Web 2.0-Make content load as you need it (search Colr Pickr for great example) Interactivity- Check out "PHUN" for great example of how you can experience physics in fun ways. Transparent Education In Video Games - Search "Dimenxion" for an excellent example how to trick people into learning while playing games. Connected Information-Allow for easy navigation of educational material and show the information and knowledge you have learned in cool ways. See "Thinkmap", "Visual Thesaurus{uses thinkmap}. Also 6pli integrates with del.icou.us to do similar things. See how I used it for my worldlearningtree building a great example at http://www.6pli.com/worldlearningtree I have done tons of research and have many great workable ideas. I have a full time job and can't currently afford to devote more time to this other than consulting. I am not looking for money. I just want my future kids to have this great system that I envision and I want to share it with everyone across the world. It comes in 3 parts. Get free access to laptops, wireless and the online free educational system for the world. Seriously, somebody here must be able to see how these things can come together with minimal effort. In summary, somebody help me get started on these efforts. Hire the guys that made Dimenxion, create content with 3D Unity engine, outsource web site to Red Interactive Agency, even use free sites like DabbleDB, blist, etc for stored DB info, integrate social aspect like Kongregate does and use next gen 3D networked visualization like Thinkmap or the 6pli team. I'm ready, somebody help me so I can help our children of the world have their free online entertaining education.
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Harley Witt
Posted about 5 years ago
Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education
On my blog at worldlearningtree.com/blog I detail out the following (using Google as an example- I called it "Schoogle"): 1# Efficiency - A less expensive way to build an online education system is to spend resources on providing a powerful framework and toolset which allows for users to create and add educational content to it. This would be similar in concept to a Wikipedia of which Google has created Knol but advancing the system to support the interactive training modules. User ratings could be added to help select which content is best to use (see Google's Webmonkey). 2# Retention - For added Stickiness, tracking the status of a user's educational history (with testing methods built in) would provide incentive to continue to use Schoogle. Users could be rewarded as they progress and see their overall history. This could be similar to leveling up characters in online role playing games. (Level 6 Math Wizard) Google tracks vast amounts of user information and has key technologies to scale and distribute processing and storage. 3# Value - To increase value of the education, social networking should be built into the site (Google has worked on Lively, a 3D chat interface). People can be motivated to provide assistance to others as they play the educational games with each other. 4# Unlimited - Concepts such as mashups should be used to provide simple style game play with a large number of game variations (see PhotoSoup as an example of a dynamic limitless word search game). Reference Google's Searchmash to see just one example of how they have used mashups to enhance search results. 5# Seed - Google also has acquired "video game companies and can use them to provide a minimal set of valuable base content (the seed). If they could target K-12 education they can hook a set of customers (children) with the goal of expanding the content prior to when these users need it. (Note that Lively and Searchmash have been discontinued)...
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Harley Witt
Posted about 5 years ago
Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education
Hello people. It is so simple. Create a large database of educational content structured by the appropriate pedagogy (taxonomy) with entertaining online content that people can add to and is rated so the best moves to the top. Now track the student's progress and find ways to reward them for playing (learning). I have written about how easy this would be with just minor investments yet billions are wasted on educating only special groups. Donate your time and money to make fun educational content that the entire world can use. You can look up more by searching worldlearningtree and come up with better ideas than that even. The blog has a proposal for Google to use their various tech to accelerate this type of world learning effort. Google was great for search since you can instantly find things. However, for education to succeed online, you need to connect the educational modules, they need to be fun, you need to track the users history and status and provide easy methods for people to add and enhance the content provided. I'll work on this myself but I am really hoping somebody with lots more time, money and at least a little more talent will push forward in this direction. I challenge you TED!!!
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Harley Witt
Posted over 6 years ago
Will Wright: Spore, birth of a game
This is one step closer to my vision of bringing highly entertaining but transparent education to everyone in the world. I am trying to do this from my website and keep it free but would like to partner with entertainment companies that are seriously trying to educate people with their content. Can anybody suggest a way that I could get in direct contact with people (Will Wright especially) that can help me realize my vision? Full details are listed on my website but I won't spam it here. If truly interested, look me up as a TED user and visit my website which is listed there. I would like for people everywhere to have sustainable energy (I applaud William Kamkwamba's personal efforts), internet access (work harder to provide this Bill Gates) and free online education (my mission, help me). You are another step closer Will Wright, but take it one more level and provide real education (like K-12 content) with your games. You can charge for them while I continue to work on doing the same but from an internet browser and keep my online content free. - Harley C. Witt - Founder of World Learning Tree