The Pioneer Mindset for Students, Educators, and Innovators

Last week the Hekademia team attended the iNACOL symposium in Palm Springs, California. A theme that surfaced across keynote speeches, session presentations, and conversations at networking dinners was the pioneer mindset. It got me thinking: what exactly is a pioneer and what attributes can the pioneer mindset offer students, teachers, and innovators? Historically or in … Continue reading The Pioneer Mindset for Students, Educators, and Innovators

Where did Hekademia come from?

Hekademia was born out of an idea that started at VirtualHighSchool.com (VHS) in January 2013.  At the time, VHS had about 5100 students, 80 online teachers, and 65 online courses. With our experience building online courses and working with teachers and students in an asynchronous online environment, we had reached a point where we were … Continue reading Where did Hekademia come from?

Be a Catalyst! Reflections on Project-Based Learning

I remember standing in a glass corridor as one of my university professors mapped out the various pathways of the human brain on the window. We’d just bumped into each other in the hall and I had expressed frustration with the project he had assigned for that term; it was 2006, and for our Digital … Continue reading Be a Catalyst! Reflections on Project-Based Learning