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Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet — Making DIY — Medium
"Childhood passions that seem like fads, sometimes even totally unproductive, could be mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing."

"When I was 11 I loved designing web pages and playing Sim City. Adults in my life didn’t recognize these skills as valuable, so neither did I. Actually, I began to feel guilty for using my computer so much. In high school I stopped making web pages altogether to focus on sports. It wasn’t until college, when strapped to pay my tuition, that I picked it back up and started making sites for small businesses. I graduated and teamed up with a few others I knew with these skills and moved to New York City to work on the Internet for a living. Three years later, in 2007, we sold our company, Vimeo, to a larger, publicly traded one. That passion I first developed quietly by myself, that went unnoticed by my parents and teachers, proved to be extraordinarily valuable to the economy just ten years later and the focus of many ambitious people today.

It’s difficult to predict which skills will be valuable in the future, and even more challenging to see the connection between our children’s interests and these skills. Nothing illustrates this better than Minecraft, a popular game that might be best described as virtual LEGOs. Calling it a game belies the transformation it has sparked: An entire generation is learning how to create 3D models using a computer. It makes me wonder what sort of jobs, entertainment or art will be possible now. Cathy Davidson, a scholar of learning technology, concluded that 65% of children entering grade school this year will end up working in careers that haven’t even been invented yet. I bet today’s kids will eventually explore outcomes and create businesses only made possible by the influence of Minecraft in their lives.

At least one business will have been inspired by the so-called game. In 2011, I co-founded DIY, the online community I wish I had when I was young. Our members use discover new skills and try challenges in order to learn them. They keep a portfolio and share pictures and videos of their progress, and by doing so they attract other makers who share their interests and offer feedback. The skills we promote range from classics likes Chemistry and Writing, to creativity like Illustration and Special Effects, to adventure like Cartography and Sailing, to emerging technology like Web Development and Rapid Prototyping. We create most of our skill curriculum in collaboration with our members. Recently the community decided to make Roleplayer an official skill; It’s a fascinating passion that involves collaboratively authoring stories in real time.

My objective with this wide-ranging set of skills, and involving the community so closely in their development, is to give kids the chance to practice whatever makes them passionate now and feel encouraged — even if they’re obsessed with making stuff exclusively with duct tape. It’s crucial that kids learn how to be passionate for the rest of their lives. To start, they must first learn what it feels like to be simultaneously challenged and confident. It’s my instinct that we should not try to introduce these experiences through skills we value as much as look for opportunities to develop them, as well as creativity and literacy, in the skills they already love.

Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, sometimes even totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible."

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zachklein  education  2015  unschooling  deschooling  childhood  learning  howwelearn  minecraft  passion  change  creativity  invention  cathydavidson  simcity  webdesign  discovery  failure  informallearning  game  gaming  videogames  making  webdev 
june 2015 by robertogreco
Zach Klein – Dorm Room Tycoon
"In this interview, Zach Klein reveals why the era of having a single career is over and why you shouldn’t start a company that you couldn’t imagine making for the rest of your life. We then touch on community building and why great communities have a few profound rules."
zachklein  vimeo  community  entrepreneurship  careers  work  2014 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Zach Klein's Blog — The Future of Offline
"To me: Have you ever felt that your profession, which involves getting people online, contradicts your passion or advocacy for spending time outdoors?

Me: We used to be stuck with whomever lived near us. Now a feature of the Internet is that it allows us to find the diaspora of ourselves, the people out there that resonate with us. I think online community building will beget offline community building. We will reshuffle to be closer to the people we want to work, live and play with."
community  communities  online  internet  isolation  connectivism  zachklein  2013 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Introducing DIY We started building DIY a few... - Blog - DIY
"Encouraging your kids to be inventive and self-reliant now will better prepare them to participate in a world that keeps changing.

Here’s how it works today:

1. DIY kids sign up and get their own Portfolio, a public web page to show off what they make.

2. They upload pictures of their projects using or our iOS app.

3. Kids’ projects are online for everyone to see, you can add Stickers to show support.
4. You also have your own dashboard to follow their activity and to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.

Kids are ready for this. They’re instinctively scientists and explorers. They’re quick to build using anything at their disposal. They transform their amazement of the world into games. They’re often drawn to learning that’s indistinguishable from play (think about bug collecting!). And, most important, they embrace technology."
2012  isaiahsaxon  darenrabinovitch  andrewsliwinski  zachklein  portfolios  applications  ios  web  online  sharing  doing  making  edg  srg  onlinetoolkit  lcproject  tcsnmy  children  digitalportfolios  diy 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Zach Klein's Blog; "How have I worked to rise the tide, to improve the livelihood for those immediately around me, how can I serve them?"
"I spend four days a week up in the woods about 90 miles outside of New York City. I’m building a house.

There is a small town nearby, it’s really just a four-corners, and the other day I attended my first town meeting, of any town ever. I was surprised to find their government so earnest, to observe my neighbors practice an atom-sized form of community organization with such devotion. It made me feel that my world view is one-dimensional, that for my entire adult life I’ve focused on Internet enterprise and I use a lens that obscures everyone as a user — and here are many people succeeding with basic democracy and civility, and they’re ignorant to the optimism for technology solving all that I represent…"
zachklein  democracy  community  life  perspective  technology  civicengagement  classideas  civics 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Zach Klein's Blog - Special Request
"I collect hand drawn maps. I’m proposing that you send me a hand drawn map to a place that is special to you. In exchange I will send a map of my own, to a place that I love, back to you.

Please send your map as well as a stamped self-addressed envelope (so I can mail you back) to:

Zach Klein
81 E 2nd Street #2R
New York, NY 10003

Thanks ahead!!"
classideas  handdrawn  maps  mapping  exchanges  sharing  trading  zachklein  collections  plp 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Secret Enemy Hideout [Zach Klein responds to "A Vision of K-12 Students Today"]
"Kids’ attention spans are being devastated by competing forms of media in their everyday world...I wish ‘schools’ were a retreat, serene place to socialize in person, to be taught life’s priorities...need to include more technology in classroom, are learning how to communicate digitally far more aggressively on their own than curriculum can be developed...young have a greater incentive & bandwidth to adapt. It will always be this way. Don’t try to put teachers in a position where they need to be more informed on these matters...instead recommit to professing maturity, socialization, analytics, philosophy...I fear a new emphasize on technology for technology’s sake in classroom will overshadow actual pursuit of knowledge...China as a massive cookie cutter machine — its schools are producing yet another kind of product. I fear using China as a benchmark & would prefer to look elsewhere for educational methods that are sustainable &...make room for individualism & creativity."
schools  technology  curriculum  zachklein  schooling  teaching  learning  online  web  media  china  lcproject  tcsnmy 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Secret Enemy Hideout - Announcement regarding my nationality: I’m giving America my 12-month notice and effectively I’m a free agent — that’s right, I’m accepting best offers from any nation soliciting new citizens.
"In exchange for my professional talents, bank account transfer & willingness to serve in your civil peacekeeping missions, I seek 5 acres of land in your most mountainous district, fiber optic access, no taxation on any part-time foreign income, and a sn
zachklein  citizenship  us 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Secret Enemy Hideout - Read this if you intend to copy my designs
Zach Klein writes his own creative-commons-esque sharing agreement: "1. Don’t install it w/out improving it at least one way. 2. Email me improvement. 3. Give credit ...potentially new friend in it for me. 4. offer me something you’ve created."
sharing  serendipity  online  internet  designs  web  webdesign  zachklein  friendship  relationships  social  creativecommons  copyright  trading  webdev 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Court, Anje and I are hitchhiking. If you don't get another update from me in the next hour, please report us missing ... Plate: Utah 54H98W on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Zach Klein seems to be using his iPhone to make hitchhiking safer or temper a fear of hitchhiking. But what is the etiquette here? Should the driver know that he is publishing the license plate. Did they agree about it prior to posting?
iphone  hitchhiking  fear  safety  technology  mobile  phones  photography  flickr  society  zachklein  privacy 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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