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This public media "authentic fiction" sought to crowdsource perspectives about education today. The Zed Omega teens, played by actors, "dropped out loud" from high school -- catalyzing open discussion about the structures and purpose of traditional education and its alternatives. The arc of each Zed Omega character was unscripted: they responded to ideas that people presented. The collaborative thought experiment and "interactive documentary" was live on social media during fall semester 2012. (-Learn more-) (-Credits-) (-Facebook-) (-Twitter-)
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Ed Zed Omega is a collaborative thought experiment about education. What if six teens drop out of high school, very open about their reasons? Can people help this turn out well? The Zed Omega characters seemed real because the young actors playing them were channeling aspects of their real-life experience – and were unscripted: they reacted authentically to the advice they got and the school stories they heard.
“Agree with them or not, the Zed Omegas asked the questions that got people talking about how and what young people should learn. Their presence brought vital questions about purposes and methods of school out of the abstract into the immediate and real.”
A true transmedia project, Ed Zed Omega happened organically on social media, on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and in live events. The Zed Omegas gathered hundreds of likes, touched thousands of people and registered hundreds of thousands of impressions. If education is to keep pace with changes to our economy, society and culture, it needs new, more inclusive ways to frame its discussions about what it must become. Is it preparing students for successful jobs and lives in the hyperconnected 21st century?
Ed Zed Omega gathered 800 “signals” about education on the edzedomega.org site. You can take one of the Zed Omega “Top Ten” tours, or browse the archive or search by tag, but now that you know the story, why not just free-explore the grand array?
Ed Zed Omega is a template for a new framework of interaction.
Students: you can go “zed omega” with your own inquiry into what education is for and how people like you learn best. All the Zed Omegas will tell you the experience opened their eyes wide as to what traditional education does and does not do. They felt inspired by the powerful stories they heard about alternate ways of learning, and empowered to take charge of their futures by shaping their educations to fit. Knowledge is power!
Teachers, schools, and others concerned about education: use the Ed Zed Omega idea to create a dialog about school and how best to improve it. The Zed Omegas illustrate how to frame the discussion in a way that engages the student voice. Using the existing stories, you can create a narrative space in which all stakeholders can have their say.
We will be continuing to develop the Ed Zed Omega idea. Watch for our web video series to come online this summer. To inquire about having the Zed Omegas teleconference with your fellow students or with your school this fall, contact us.
Well, it’s my last video. It’s been such a crazy ride! Thanks so much to everybody to helped us out. Can’t believe it’s over!
I’m gonna miss you guys…
Edwina says: My top ten –
This post inspired me to pursue the idea of “unschooling”, making me realize there are infinitely more options to get an education.
I LOVED this post!! It made me so happy that someone else supported our/my decision to drop out, and that there IS life beyond being called a “drop out”.
This post was slightly frustrating at first, however I realized that it frustrated me because it was a combination of support, but also a kick in the pants as well. We dropped out yes, but now we need to make plans!
This post was small, but inspiring. I appreciate the message.
I REALLY related to this post, mostly because I am older than most of the Ed Zeds, and I am nowhere near the same person I was when I was eighteen. I have different ideas, goals, and different sense of reality.
This video is FANTASTIC!! Really supports the idea of independence, learning throughout your lifetime, and the idea of the FREEDOM to learn what we want.
Yes, who did decide that?
Another one of those small posts, but something that both made me laugh and made me say, ABSOLUTELY!
This post I loved because it was after our first event at the Walker, and they left a message at a corner of the map that I felt was an important aspect of high school that people remember, usually in a negative way.
I definitely could continue on with more of my favorites, this one was a reflection of a drop out of college, also a visitor of our map :-)
So here it is. My final decision about school and how I want to proceed with my education. It was a hard decision to make. It’s a sad truth that choosing a less popular road when it comes to achieving your diploma can be so extremely difficult. I’m happy with the decision I made. Now we’ll see how it all works out! Having all the knowledge that I’ve gained from this independent study project really helps me to feel unafraid about changing my mind if something doesn’t work out. I know there are SO SO many options out there for me. I’m excited about what comes next!
Active conversations at cooperativecatalyst:
So, you’ve taken the plunge. You’ve dropped out of school, sidestepped highschool, or decided it’s time for your textbooks to go. You’re a full-blown unschooler—and you’re bored. Perhaps you miss the mental stimulation of that one class you enjoyed last semester, or…
I want to commend the tumblr editors. Since I mentioned the lack of students in the #education tag- there has been an incredible upsweep of student involvement… MORE
We reblogged fluorescentink’s eloquent video earlier – it’s here.
I wanted to respond to Nicki
Just because I dropped out of public school doesn’t mean I don’t still want a diploma. I know that I for sure want a high school diploma (some of my EZO friends I know also want a COLLEGE diploma).
This is feedback I’ve been getting a lot. People think that I just don’t want to continue my education at all and that’s just completely untrue. All I know is that the public school system just isn’t working for me. Throughout this whole process I’ve learned about other ways of getting my highschool diploma that suit my educational needs more than public school does.
I know that it’s important to have a highschool diploma. It’s also important (in certain cases) to have a college diploma (even though I’m still not sure that I really care about THAT). What I’ve been trying to do is find different ways of getting this certificate where I feel like I’m actually enjoying it rather than just racing to the “finish line” without caring what I actually LEARN.
Do you understand? Do you have any ideas about how I might gain the knowledge needed to graduate without having to put up with mind-numbing public school?
I went to talk to my guidance counselor about dropping out yesterday, and she wasn’t totally against it. I mentioned unschooling briefly, and she thought that homeschooling isn’t the worst possible thing I could do, since my grades don’t reflect my knowledge or intelligence. My mom is pretty much…
Clare responds: hey thanks! that’s great that you’re actively seeking out other methods of getting your education. Unschooling looks like a great option, doesn’t it?? And that’s awesome that you KNOW you want to graduate from college because that will help motivate you to REALLY learn the stuff you need to to get there!! As of right now I really have to say I don’t have any tips…I’m in the same boat as you are!! I’ve been thinking about unschooling and although I’ve gotten great advice from people around me, I am unsure about all the specifics…The best thing I could tell you is to find a community of people (maybe check out my friend Nora’s FB or Tumblr—you can find the links on the edzedomega.org website) that are or have been unschoolers/homeschoolers and ask them for advice. The biggest thing I think is to stay motivated. Remember your long-term goals (graduating from college) and KEEP AT IT! Even when it gets tough. Thanks for checking out my blog! Good luck!!