Many of the approaches used in both formal and informal education today have remained, at their cores,
unchanged since the renaissance. Lecturing, rote exercises, memorization and other techniques still serve
as the backbone of much of contemporary educational theory. For many years classroom subjects shared
students' time with "hands-on" classes where students acquired vocational and domestic skills and
knowledge. In the United States, current initiatives such as Common Core and No Child Left Behind have
reduced the focus on and resources for these programs and in many schools Home Economics and Industrial
Arts classes (along with Music and Art programs) have been eliminated. Additionally, the focus of these initiatives
at both the Federal and State levels have, to a large extent, curtailed teachers' freedom to introduce classroom
material in new, novel, and engaging ways. The services we offer provide environments of techniques and
tools that meet three sets of needs:

Novel Learning Environments

We strive to eliminate traditional teaching-centered educational practice and replace it with learning-centered
practice. Our approach to designing learning environments has two parts. First, we work to identify ways in
which learning can be enhanced. By understanding current teaching methods and assessing their efficacy
we identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and develop solutions that increase the opportunities for students
to learn. Second, we look to see in what ways both existing and new technologies can be used to enhance
learning and how best to integrate those technologies into curricula and environments.

New Technologies and Their Uses

The use of technology in the classroom is a some recent occurrence. From books and blackboards, sound
recordings and filmstrips, motion pictures and television, computers and the internet, educators have always
tried to find ways in which technology could improve learning. Too often, however, a newer technology simply
replaced an existing technology without any change in how material was taught. For technology to have a
deep impact in education we must develop new learning approaches that are only possible because of technology.

Let's Talk About Your Project

We're always looking for new and exciting educational projects. We'd love to talk to you about your needs
and how we can help you bring your ideas to fruition. While most of our work has been for middle-school
aged learners, we have the capabilities to create engaging and successful environments for learners of just
about any age, from elementary school to adult education. If you'd like to see how we can help you, please
contact us and let's get the discussion going.