The Class of 2032 Project

unleashing teacher creativity using new technology

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Design the Future

Design Your Future is a professional learning experience to promote teacher creativity inside Design Thinking. This approach looks to technology to help teachers produce solutions to ill-defined problems impacting teaching and learning. Identifying topics teachers value and identifying measurable goals before developing outcomes is a core principle of this program.

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As we consider addressing future problems facing public schooling, it's worth emphasizing the importance of knowledge about the challenges we face in education. As stated by Cropley (2006), knowledge is like a well to which ideas are drawn. The Class of 2032 Project includes producing a series of short documentary films to explore big question themes impacting the future of education.

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The Class of 2032 project started as an ideation workshop that engaged students, parents, and educators in conversations about the future school experience. During this initial phase, the workshop generated >1500 unique ideas in response to emerging technologies and new education trends. Plans to reintroduce the workshops post-covid are underway.

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About the Project


Design the Future

the professional development program

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Ideation Workshop

ideas for the future of schooling

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Project Summary

Biennial poster 2016/17

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Class of 2032: Media Literacy

The Team


Matthew J. Worwood

Matthew Worwood is the co-founder and active principal investigator of the Class of 2032 Project. He received his doctorate of education at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in instructional design and technology. His research focuses on design-based approaches to support the creative development and implementation of educational technology. Matthew is also the Associate Director of Digital Media Design at the University of Connecticut and leads a statewide collaborative called Digital Media Connecticut.

Although much of Matthew's research takes place inside the Class of 2032 project, he also writes on the intersections of creativity and design thinking in education, and maintains a parenting blog called More recently, Matthew became a contributor to Creativity and Education and co-founded the podcast, Fueling Creativity.

Samantha Olschan

Samantha Olschan is an artist, animator, and educator with an M.F.A. in Film, Video & New Media: Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & a B.F.A in Fine Arts: Electronic & Time-Based Media from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the University of Connecticut Digital Media & Design Department, Samantha worked in broadcast design, animation, compositing and time-based visualization for television, films, documentaries and media agencies. She continues to research the future of storytelling through animation, design, interactivity & experiential narrative.

Teaching appointments in animation, media, and design include University of Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, Columbia College, New York Film Academy & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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