This is a breakthrough concept which will allow ANY student ANY where at ANY time to get a specialized, focused, interest-centered learning experience. It is performance-based, so learners advance at the rate that is right for them; has an expanding content repository so that students can choose the concept that they want to use to learn an idea, has modular curricular design so it can be scaled to any interest level, has cross-disciplinary learning options because of the modularization and the focus on learning not on a credit or a grade (though they get those so we can conform to the current system as long as necessary). Gets way past the issue of national standards and renders moot the issue of having to choose between a curriculum that is deep or one that is wide. So many other unique Learning 2.0 elements involved that I haven't mentioned. In addition, students are using a ning to communicate with each other and the rest of their learning team.
We can never get beyond the old reality that opportunity is dependent on geography that plagues the current system. The solution for the future is NOT SCHOOL REFORM. When are we going to stop beating on that very dead horse? This allows students to stay in their sending school (public, private, home) and yet learn at the highest levels. The promise of School Reform is like the promise of an IBM Selectric in the digital age. Not a bad thing, but just isn't appropriate for the possibilities of today.
Initial funding for this proof-of-concept from NASA, but now the Smithsonian has come on board and we expect many more partners in the coming months, from private industry, government and education.
Check out their ning. I think I sent you the link; if not, I will. It's a private ning so we can be responsible for their safety but I'd be happy to let you in to take a look, or call me or email me for more info. You can look at the brief descriptions on the NASA site http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Virtual... or on the CCSSO website: http://www.ccsso.org/projects/Virtual_Learning_Magnet/
Best of luck with your participation in the "event"…