Out of Eden Learn Project To Expand to 70,000 Students
the help of a new commitment from the
Global Initiative, the Out
of Eden Learn (OOEL) project will be able to
expand beyond the 10,000 students around the world already involved.
2013, journalist Paul Salopek has been on a
walking journey tracking the migratory paths of the earliest humans
Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. The
Abundance Project and Harvard Graduate
School of Education's Project Zero have created an
online platform that allows
students to follow Salopek's path, interact with other students around
world and conduct activities relevant to lessons he creates for them.
the commitment from the Clinton Global
Initiative, the OOEL project will be able to increase access to the
for more non-English speakers, enable a low-bandwidth option for
areas with scant resources, create an online discussion forum for
and develop public art installations to explore themes of the walk.
lessons are available on the platform every
two weeks that students and their teachers can use to learn about other
of the world. Assignments include interacting with other students in
parts of the world as well as activities that involve, for instance,
maps of students' neighborhoods and sharing them, via the platform,
are invited to slow down, look
carefully at the world, exchange stories with other young people, and
on how our individual lives connect to bigger human stories," Salopek
the commitment from the Clinton initiative,
the project is expected to expand to 70,000 students and 3,500 teachers
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.