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Beyond the Blackboard. Educational Medium Reform. Welcome to the future of education! Enter: Beyond the Blackboard. Mission : To reform the educational medium into a simple, streamlined , unified learning ecosystem. Founded : 2008 Target population: High school and college students

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beyond the blackboard

Beyond the Blackboard

Educational Medium Reform

welcome to the future of education enter beyond the blackboard
Welcome to the future of education!Enter: Beyond the Blackboard

Mission: To reform the educational medium into a simple, streamlined , unified learning ecosystem.


Target population:High school and college students

Current Size: 31 members

Goal: To be present in majority of schools by 2017

  • A small group of college graduates with education in mind and technology in hand, seeking to change the educational communication process used in today’s classrooms.
  • An organization with fresh ideas and current technology being piloted in a suburban school system.
  • Primary technology and face of the organization is program called “The Portal”
the portal and its purpose
The Portal and its purpose
  • The concept is to create a learning ecosystem that is unified across all platforms with a goal of being the replacement medium for the delivery of education in the school system.
  • Program designed to interact with major operating systems including Android, iOS and windows.
  • Primary use is currently in tablets with an app in development as a quick dashboard

Further thoughts:

The mission statement of Beyond the Blackboard (BtB) is evident in their Portal program through the nature of its exclusive software. Similar to Google, BtB strives to be an open, free thinking organization with simplicity in mind. The BtB organization should be observed in the coming few years to see if they leave a footprint behind in education or end up being just another “neat” idea.

tomorrow s education now

Tomorrow’s Education Now

Review of literature

several directions
Several Directions
  • Scenario based approach--education over the next 25 years
  • Education around the emergence of technology like the iPad
  • The strengths of media sharing
  • Game based approach--MMORPG’s with virtual reality

A Deeper look…

Individualized learning becoming a growing trend

Use of Ipad in classroom

Next 25 years theme

Diversity in delivery of learning and information


Media Sharing

economic policy trends
Economic/Policy Trends
  • Technology becoming increasingly vital to a school’s success and reputation
  • According to 2007 Survey of Technology Spending, “51% of all respondents reported an increase in IT budgets” (as cited in Betts, 2009, p. 11)
  • Demand: Latest technology in the classroom
  • Supply: Funding for IT and technology
  • While initially the cost of setting up these new technologies may be high, the increased enrollment will continue to bring increasing revenue (Betts, 2009).

---The bottom Line---

  • More research needed on how technology effects learning and the funding behind this new direction for education
futuring the final frontier
Futuring: The Final Frontier

A brief look into scenario building and scanning

scenario building


  • Endless directions for the future to take; anything is possible.
  • Foresight of limitations to aide in preparation and planning.
  • Cons:
  • Element of the [unknown]—inability to prepare for disasters.
  • If done thoroughly, becomes a time consuming process.
Scenario Building

Scanning begins with an idea that may or may not be possible in the future. Research that includes expert opinion is done to fortify the idea. The idea then becomes analyzed by local and national data centers before becoming a more accurate and plausible scenario.

A flow chart representation of scanning as it is described in The steps for futuring. The steps for futuring. Journal of Extension, 42(3).


Social Expertise

Economic Expertise

Political Expertise

Accurate Plausible Scenario



Research fortified Idea

Environmental Expertise

Technological Expertise

references used in this presentation
References[Used in this presentation]

Betts, K. H. (2009). Re-examining & repositioning higher education: twenty economic and demographic factors driving online and blended program enrollments. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 13(4), 3-23.

Sobrero, P. M. (2004). The steps for futuring. Journal of Extension, 42(3).