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School in the Cloud is learning at the edge of chaos; a place to come together to discover and explore self-organised learning (SOLE).


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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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Students: Find own Big Questions?


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Isn’t it better that students find their own Big Questions?

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Isn’t it better that students find their own Big Questions?

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Big Questions | Education | Engagement | Learning | Students

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Student Power at School


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Should students have more power to choose their own work at school?

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Should students have more power to choose their own work at school?

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Democracy | Education | Learning | Power | Schools | Self-Learning | Students

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Preparing Students for the Future


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How can teachers prepare students for the future without knowing what the future will look like?

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How can teachers prepare students for the future without knowing what the future will look like?

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Education | Learning | Students | Teachers | The Future

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Students Teaching


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If our students could teach us, how would their achievement levels change?

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If our students could teach us, how would their achievement levels change?

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Cognition | Education | Students | Teaching

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Educating Students with Behaviour Problems


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How do we provide education for students with severe behavior problems?

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How do we provide education for students with severe behavior problems?

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Behaviour Problems | Education | Human Behaviour | Students

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Students: How will they learn in 2026?


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How will students learn in 2026?

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How will students learn in 2026?

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Teachers vs Students


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Why do teachers think students can never be more intelligent than they are?

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Why do teachers think students can never be more intelligent than they are?

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Education | Intelligence | Learning | Students | Teachers

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If Students Interests influenced Learning


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What would happen if we let students’ interests drive the learning and did not have to follow a standard curriculum?

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What would happen if we let students’ interests drive the learning and did not have to follow a standard curriculum?

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Inspiring future community leaders through SOLE


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You’d imagine trying to get 1,000 high school students engaged in the same activity at the same time would be challenge enough. But not for Jeff McCellan: he decided to add a little extra chaos to the mix by making it a SOLE (self organised learning environment) as well.

Jeff has been using SOLE in classrooms across the Cleveland region for over a year. When one of his funders said they were interested in exploring this pedagogical approach to engage large numbers of students around issues that matter in the community, he thought big.

So they set about the task of gathering 1,000 students from Cleveland and North East Ohio to focus on just one question: What is in your heart and mind about the ownership of power in your community?

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You’d imagine trying to get 1,000 high school students engaged in the same activity at the same time would be challenge enough. But not for Jeff McCellan: he decided to add a little extra chaos to the mix by making it a SOLE (self organised learning environment) as well.

Jeff has been using SOLE in classrooms across the Cleveland region for over a year. When one of his funders said they were interested in exploring this pedagogical approach to engage large numbers of students around issues that matter in the community, he thought big.

So they set about the task of gathering 1,000 students from Cleveland and North East Ohio to focus on just one question: What is in your heart and mind about the ownership of power in your community? This question goes right to the heart of a community still reeling from a recent incident where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot in a park by police in Cleveland.

In March 2016, 45 different schools came from 15 different districts, along with about 20 community members, including representatives from the mayor’s office, and took over an entire building on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus.

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After gathering everyone together in a lecture theatre and an auditorium to set the scene, they broke out into 37 different rooms where SOLEs happened simultaneously around the Big Question. The biggest room had 40 students; the smallest 20, so as you can imagine it was pretty lively! There was one SOLE facilitator in each room, as well as a high school student acting as a support facilitator.

“We were interested in hearing what students thought about where power lies within their communities,” explains Jeff. “One of the aims was to give them a question that would be open enough to give them the freedom to do that –

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Communities | Education | Leadership | Learning | Students