Solar Freakin’ Roadways – The Challenge

Solar Freakin’ Roadways – The Challenge

So by now hopefully you have seen the video about Solar Roadways. If not take a couple minutes to watch it below….¬†amazingly¬†awesome. So here’s the thing…I’m all for this…this excites me….this is the future. In fact I have already donated to the cause via their Indiegogo page. But it’s going to be an uphill battle because this is different. You have to think different, you have to plan different…you can’t just go out and continue building roads the same old way. You need to rethink everything……everything! It reminds me of schools who decide to go 1:1. Buying the computer is the easy part…that just takes money. Much like this project raising the money was the easy part. The hard part is changing the mindset. What should a road be? What should a classroom look like? How does this change the way we manufacture roads? How does this change the way we lesson plan? How does this change what we expect our roads to do? How does this change what we expect our students to produce? I could go on and on of course but I think you get the point. You can’t just drop laptops into schools/classroom and expect things to change on their own. You have to think different…you have to expect something different. You have to think way out of the box on this one. It’s a #moonshot for sure. So is thinking different in the classroom. Once you give every student a connected device….you need to think different….you need to start over. I have recently been to a couple of new schools in the process of being built both here in the States and overseas. People are so proud of their beautiful new school buildings where 1:1 is either already in the plan or will be shortly. So we’re giving students a new set of tools to learn with yet building the same structures to learn within. Why is that? In 2014 why are we building schools that on the outside look very modern, a lot of glass, beautiful architecture, yet in the classrooms we get 4 white walls, desks that don’t have wheels, chairs that don’t have wheels and pretty much a stagnate learning space. In all the schools I have visited in the past couple of year the International School of Turin in Turin, Italy always comes to my mind first when I think...

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