I use Learnist to create material about issues in education that are important to me–the ed space is where where I spend the majority of my time, so it comprises the bulk of how I started using Learnist. My goal was to get students away from static books and publications, to engage different learning styles, and to allow them to participate in a way that is meaningful for them. Learnist has helped me meet this goal by using social and mobile learning because of its ability to incorporate most types of media in my boards.
Currently, approximately 50% of Learnist’s content is education-based, from Common Core aligned material, classroom lessons, boards on best practice, pedagogy and ed tech. I can see the possibilities for Learnist in schools in all areas–from classroom resources to teacher professional development.
But I own a fitness business, as well. This weekend, I’m sitting down with my staff to set them up on Learnist. Building a business is similar to teaching–it’s important to educate, coach, and inspire clients every day, with every interaction. Our staff does all three. With a simple shift in content and paradigm, Learnist will be a critical tool in helping our clients to take full advantage of of our programs, as they engage with content that will help them be their best selves and achieve their goals.
When I see the similarities between my business and teaching, and any business, really, I realize that Learnist can truly help us to see the possibilities out there. More and more I notice the 50% of Learnist’s content outside the field of classroom education supports so much vision and possibility. Of particular interest to me is author and Learnist contributor Eric Ries’ “The Lean Startup Conference 2013,” I won’t be in attendance–I’m on the other coast, but last year’s board “The Lean Startup Conference 2012” chronicled the event so well, I felt like I was there. I learned a great deal. I know that this year’s Learnist version of the conference will inspire me as much or more.
A visionary series I love on Learnist is “The Night School” series created by not so much chef but “food provocateur” Michael Hebb, who has become a cultural icon bringing his table to the center of critical issues. Michael has cooked dinners for thought leaders in nearly every field, because he feels, as he explained in his talk at TEDxRainier that “the table is one of the most important cultural sites in the modern world,” and that “the common table is in a state of peril….we don’t eat together anymore.” Because of this, Michael Hebb brings innovators together at that table, serving once-in-a-lifetime meals over conversation which urges thought leaders–and by extension us–to take action. I’d love to be at that table in person, but at least Learnist lets me pull up a seat and share in the experience.
These are just a few of the current ways Learnist is changing learning, but there are an infinite number of possibilities where its vision will be felt. One thing is definitely true–Learnist’s uses, content, and vision are expanding rapidly. I can see the possibilities.