The Aurora Learning Community Association (ALCA) began in 1997 as a U.S. Department of Education-funded Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Project. The Aurora Project's vision then and now is to support educators and their students in INTEGRATING educational best practices and resources; technology; engaging, authentic, data-driven learning and teaching; and community involvement both online and local.
This video does an exceptional job at describing just how far we all have come since 1997. Reflect on the tech that was available then and how far it has advanced today just within our smart phones. Consider how geography, our sense of place, can drive engagement and promote authentic application of our instruction, regardless of what we teach.
We, as teachers and students, can now compare and contrast our communities in engaging and constructive ways while providing our students a purpose and benefit in their learning. It's not just about students being engaged in their learning, it's about students engaging their community as they learn.
Learn more by watching this Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (now merged with American Institutes for Research)-produced Aurora: Creating Opportunities Providing Solutions video. SEDL was an active partner with Aurora throughout the project.
Contact ALCA to learn more on how this vision can be part of your class, site, or district!