Place Based Education
Place-Based Education (PBE) is anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place, and learning space – not just the power of technology – to personalize learning. We’ve recently released a new book, The Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education, which focuses on how PBE is an immersive learning experience that “places students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.” PBE is also a natural complement to Personalized and Project-Based Learning, providing a way to connect these efforts to students’ local environment for engaging learning that leads to more engaged citizens.
Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is a youth-focused vocational training, educational, and community-based nonprofit in Hāna, Maui. Through core programs and initiatives, Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke empowers and nurtures students and graduates to become caretakers and leaders of their communities.
As social-cultural conceptions of privacy, gender, race, and identity have evolved, anxieties and challenges have been illuminated related to the design, use, and interactions associated with public restrooms. Randy Fielding and Cierra Mantz shares more in their latest post.
Physical isolation presents a barrier to the kind of authentic learning we often desire in 21st-century schools. Learning Suites are part of the solution to break out of isolated learning environments.