Learning, Design and Technology

ldt is a program in which students from a variety of different backgrounds come to learn about learning enhanced by technology it might be in an environment like a school or it might be outside of school in non-formal learning environments like museums or zoos or it might be at home or in the backseat of the car we think of technology as anything that is designed to solve a problem related to learning I worked in a low-income School District in San Jose and I just saw a lot of things that were not available to my students and I really wanted to focus on how can we integrate hands-on learning and social-emotional learning so that they're not the first things that we drop or cut from a funding program so that's where I'm really looking in this idea of like the mobile museum and how we can build a partnership between a school classroom in a museum space being at the school of Ed was excellent preparation for being an entrepreneur having to refine our product vision and explain it to people and generally talking to a lot of really smart people about your idea it was really exciting to get so many different smart perspectives from the design perspective the computer science perspective an educational perspective of course in the business perspective of all on how do you refine and scale this idea the ldt program is an interdisciplinary program and so that idea that we should be connecting across campus and across disciplines is so rich and so embedded in the culture here that it becomes a way of thinking students take courses in a variety of different subjects we have the internship requirement and then there's the master's project and so those are the formal elements of the program but so much of the learning actually happens outside of the classroom and they learn from each other that's something I didn't anticipate is like how much people really do want to share together and create together and contribute to each other's learning and I would give I would say we're like hey you know what next quarter we haven't worked together but we should definitely consider working together and both of us agreed that we should and really worked out because we worked together from that moment until today so upon graduation after demo day we had a prototype that had gotten a lot of excitement and energy and based on the strength of that first game we were able to get enough investors excited to start the company so we tend to see that the students who come into the cohort are those who both are able to engage with big ideas and they also make things happen in the world they take the initiative and they seek out ways to make those ideas real in real life we created the project called creativity that a classroom will receive from a museum about three weeks before they come on a field trip we will send a basic floor plan map of the museum hall that students will actually go visit and then students create their own moveable walls benches frames and then we have a recipe for homemade plate so students gonna create their own sculptures and models that will go in the exhibit it also comes with a set of sensors that students will then use to create their audio guides for me the most awesome surprising thing about Stanford after leaving it is that we have it we've got to keep the relationship that we built there it continues to pay dividends to us and then we're also able to kind of give back to it so ldt really is one very brief year and i like to think of it as the start of a longer learning experience where students who have been through the program then become part of this vibrant public dialogue around the use of technology to support meaningful learning experiences Oh

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