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Issue 8, Spring 2012
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Learning 2.0,
   Charles Kerchner
Want To Get Home On Time?,
   Mark Moorhouse
Sharing Bright Spots, Ending Isolation,
   Ashley Vasquez
Teachers’ Work And School Change,
   Judith Warren Little
Teachmeet: Professional Development
   By Teachers,For Teachers
,
   Martin Said
Wild About Cramlington,
   Darren Mead
An Interesting Correlation:
   Mathematics Intruction & Social Issues
,
   Bryan Meyer
On The Trail Of The Literacy Campaign:
   An Internship In Cuba
,
   Timoteo Delgado
Why Do We Need To Learn This?,
   Kali Frederick
Can Games Help Us Build A Better Reality?,
   Laura Webber
Uncovering The Progressive Past:
   The Origins Of Project Based Learning
,
   Brett Peterson



Cards:
1: Complexcity
2: The Lascaux Cave Project
3: Immigration Podcasts
4: Moral Courage Project
5: Staff Class to the Past
6: Self Portrait Relief Prints
7: Mystery Code Project



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Welcome
We are pleased to announce that with this issue, UnBoxed has become a peer-reviewed journal. We wish to thank the K-12 and university educators who have reviewed our submissions and offered invaluable counsel.
Several writers herein look to the future of education. Charles Kerchner proposes “Learning 2.0” as a new paradigm for the information age. Laura Webber reviews Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken, and considers whether video gaming can indeed change the world. Mark Moorehouse describes the efforts of the Learning Futures schools in the United Kingdom to foster qualities of active citizenship for the emerging world.

If we can envision a new personalized, world-connected paradigm, what will it take to get there? Several contributors address this question concretely in terms of curriculum and pedagogy. Darren Mead introduces project-based learning in a Learning Futures classroom. Bryan Meyer helps students see mathematics as a powerful lens for understanding social issues Kali Frederick examines the tricky relationship between curriculum content and student experience in history class. Timoteo Delgado recounts his learning experience as a student intern in Cuba. Brett Peterson reminds us that project-based learning is not new, but has a long history in the progressive tradition.

What role do teachers play? In the UnBoxed interview, Judith Warren Little reminds us that the conditions of work for teachers are critically important. Ashley Walker engages colleagues in conversations about school change in a test-driven environment. Martin Said describes the TeachMeet process, wherein teachers share issues and practices with each other far from the usual confines of professional development.

UnBoxed readers may use their smartphones to link to related content while reading. To get started, simply download the free Microsoft Tag application on your phone. Then, wherever you see a “tag” or icon, open the application and scan it with your phone’s camera. A website, video, or document will appear, offering further information and context.

The UnBoxed project cards in this issue offer glimpses of projects and practices that we find inspiring. These cards are freely available on our UnBoxed website in a printer-ready format. Simply print, fold, share and discuss. Each card refers the reader to a web address for further information.

We invite you to join us in conversations about purpose, policy and practice in education by submitting your thoughts for publication or serving as a peer reviewer. To learn more, visit our submissions page.

Read, enjoy, and participate!

—The Editors