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Saeed Arida: Throwing Out the Curriculum to Teach Kids

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NuVu is a full-time innovation school for middle and high school students. NuVu’s pedagogy is based on the architectural Studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects. NuVu teaches students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion by prototyping and testing.

If you're in education, NuVu probably won't feel familiar: it has no courses, no subjects, no classrooms, no one-hour schedule, and no grades. It does offer students a studio model in which they will learn to develop real-world solutions through iterative processes and constant feedback from mentors in the fields and teaching coaches. Students are challenged to learn in new ways and are assessed on the strength of their portfolio.

This talk is a "must" for anyone excited about what the future of education and maker-led learning can look like.

Dr. Arida received his PhD in Design Computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where his doctoral research examined the intricacies of the creative process and the nature of creativity. This work, explored how an educational environment can nurture creative learning, formed the pedagogical framework for NuVu. Prior to studying at MIT, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Damascus University in Syria.

Produced by VCAM.

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Monday, June 6, 2016