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Student Design Challenge

Imagining the Future of Learning with Students

Discussions about the future of learning often leave out one crucial perspective: young people themselves. To highlight youth voices on this important topic, KnowledgeWorks hosted a youth foresight competition, Imagine FutureEd, in partnership with Teach the Future, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring foresight and futures thinking to students and schools.

What was Imagine FutureEd?

Imagine FutureEd was an online foresight competition open to any U.S.-based young person age 13-18. Participants were asked to submit a scenario about the future of learning and had the option to produce an accompanying artifact from the future.

Who Won?

KnowledgeWorks and Teach the Future announced all winners and recognized a teacher for supporting the creation of two winning entries:

  • Sierra McLeod, from Lake Norman Charter High School in Charlotte, N.C., imagined a story about a future classroom that used an interactive simulator to help engage students and encourage classroom participation. She imagined this future would have benefits for learners, including increased retention rates. McLeod also created illustrations to show how the simulator would work. She won a $150 VISA gift card and 32G iPad Air 2 for her story and illustration.
  • Savannah Vangotum, from Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Ky., imagined a future where each student has a personal robot to help with learning. Vangotum created a story where students learn outside the classroom, meeting with the teacher and a small group of students once per week. For this entry, she won a 32G iPad Air 2 for a winning scenario about the future of education.
  • Layne Shelton, from Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Ky., imagined a future classroom where paper and pencils are no longer necessary, because technology is prevalent throughout all learning. In this more dystopian-style entry, Shelton imagined the negative implications of increased technology and explained that some students will prefer to learn on computers, while others may not. Shelton won a 32G iPad Air 2 for this story.
  • Michelle Strickland, a teacher from Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Ky., was awarded two $100 VISA gift cards for supporting Shelton and Vangotum in their entries.

Who were the host organizations?

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. In addition to developing the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools and partnering with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning, we provide national thought leadership around the future of learning. Teach the Future is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring foresight and futures thinking to students and schools.

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