World Digital School

iNeighborhoods has partnered with the National Institute of Standards Smart City Cluster program to develop a Smart City Education Action Cluster called World Digital School. This is a summary of our World Digital School initiative.

Action Cluster: World Digital School
Year: 2018

Description Cities and communities around the world are entering the next era of transformational change in which citizens and their surrounding natural and built environments are increasingly connected by digital technologies. In the coming digital industrial revolution, technology will widen the playing field to include greater participation of individuals and ideas from all walks of life as we reinvent who and what we are. These technologies not only have the potential to build a more inclusive community, but when thoughtfully applied could help realize greater socio-economic gains. Conversely, if these technologies are not available to all, we would fragment our communities more than they are today. Currently, pubic and private sector organizations are not well prepared for a digital world and lack both technological and socio-economic understanding. The market puts too much emphasis on technology and not enough emphasis on education and realizing inclusive socio-economic gains. This lack of education and understanding is particularity apparent amongst community leaders and administrators. On the other hand, young people today have intuitive digital skills and hold the greatest promise to transform our society. New forms of education will be essential to realizing the community and economic benefits of a Digital World.

The World Digital School is a design based on social impact. It is the future of school as it has a mission based in compassionate change and positive societal disruption. The school believes that all communities and neighborhoods find safety and security in spaces that are more just. To allow for this reality, the World Digital School is a model for scalable educational future that believes that all students should study and experience learning through the lens of social, economic, and environmental justice. To do this, students will be tasked with real-world experiences supported by staff and partners that prepare students to be leaders, advocates, tech and social entrepreneurs. Combining the models of the Ashoka Changemaker schools with the networked communities envisioned by the Gates Foundation along with the local prototype of the Iowa Big School, the World Digital School allows students through projects, capstone experiences, and internships to use their problem solving and creativity to build a new community readiness.

  • Work with the University City Schools to develop a program/partnership.
  • Create vision, mission, requirements, SOW and project plan.
  • Hold community and Playbook workshops to learn, engage and educate the community.
  • Develop a plan to include other educational institutions, schools and cities.
  • Work with the community, developers and architects to confirm the best multi-purpose classroom design and features.

Cybersecurity and Privacy:
Areas of study will include: cybersecurity for greater communication and collaboration, use of the internet of things for empathy and compassion, ethically responsible social platform development, and growing the global mindset through VR/AR technology.

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Contact Information:

David Sandel
Team Lead

Phone: 314-628-0688