What if Learners Bartered for Instruction?

Background

In the June issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad (which we hope is available sometime next week), we talk about the notion of evolving currencies.

As technology evolves living patterns change–and vice versa. These kinds of changes impact a range of societal factors. Your mom starts using facebook, she gets more opportunities to see pictures of grandchildren, but perhaps seems less likely to call or physically stop by in lieu. Smartphones and GPS devices mean fewer people buy maps or stop and ask for directions, which impact sales at the local 7 Elevens. And so on.

As “things” change, new “things” become valuable. New currencies surface.

And new currencies yield new opportunities for exchange.

Trading Ideas

What if–in pursuit of learning–hobbies, expertise, and original thinking were currency?

What if you traded one idea for another?

What kind of impact might this have not simply on learner engagement and accountability, but more importantly how community members interact with one another?

How could this model be incorporated into formal learning environments?

And perhaps most importantly, how does this approach disrupt traditional power sets in learning environments? How do equitable terms empower all learning participants?

You can visit the Trade School Kickstarter page here to learn more information.