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« on: August 19, 2008, 01:29:32 PM »

A tip from a friend, Steve Moore (Policy Unplugged / Channel 4) who is also chairing one of the sessions at Handheld Learning 2008, is a recent start-up that is gathering speed called "School of Everything"

Based on the premise that everybody has something to learn and everyone has something to teach it really gets down to the true nitty gritty of personal and personalised learning in a true web 2.0 manner.

According to their website the "big idea" is:

Our current education system was designed in the industrial revolution to prepare people for factory work. The world has changed a lot since then - and the time has come to rethink education from the bottom to the top.

At School of Everything, we believe that learning is personal, and starts not with what you 'should' learn but with what you're interested in. So we're building a tool to help anyone in the world learn what they want, when, where and in a way which suits them. Putting people in touch with each other, not with institutions.

This isn't about e-learning. There are lots of great online tools, but not much beats being in a room with someone who wants to teach you the thing you want to learn.

Millions of people already make a living as self-employed teachers. But that's just the start: think of all the underused skills that exist in any neighbourhood. From active retired people, to teenage whizz-kids, to hobbyists in their garden sheds, there are people everywhere who could gain satisfaction, confidence - and maybe even a new career - from passing on what they know.

Traditional "Learning Platforms" watch out, the 21st Century is here with real people! Wink

For more information visit:

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