Welcome to the Class of 2032 Project

what new and different experiences can you imagine for the future of schooling?

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Documentary

As part of the Class of 2032 Project, a series of documentary films will be produced to explore relevant topics in our conversation about the future school experience. The first installment, Schooling for a Digital Culture introduces the context for the project from the perspective of a three-year-old boy called Ray. The film examines the origins of our Digital Culture and discusses the most pressing issues that are currently challenging the traditional system of schooling.

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Professional Development

As part of our crowdsourcing initiative, we have developed an ideation workshop that engages students, parents, and educators in a conversation about the future school experience. We have generated over 1500 unique ideas thus far. The fifty-minute workshop fits perfectly into a lesson block or expanded for a more substantial professional development experience. Please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling the Class of 2032 Professional Development Experience.

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Class of 2032 Mobile App

In partnership with Xennial Digital the Class of 2032 app helps facilitate a 1-hour workshop that can serve as part of a lesson or professional development session for teachers. As part of this experience, participants will be introduced to ideation strategies and encouraged to identify trends and potential issues regarding the future of schooling. The Class of 2032 mobile app is available for tablet devices and can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Android app stores.

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About the Project

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Crowdsourcing Initiative

Ideation Workshops

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Documentary Project

Schooling for a Digital Culture

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Project Update

Report Summmary 2016/17

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Schooling for a Digital Culture

Class of 2032: Schooling a Digital Culture

The Team

Leadership

Matthew Worwood

Matthew Worwood is the co-founder and director of the Class of 2032 Project. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and Associate Director of Digital Media and Design, at the University of Connecticut. Formally, a Digital Media Specialist at EdAdvance, Matthew has worked on a variety of statewide education initiatives in digital media.

Matthew's recent work includes writing and directing Class of 2032: Schooling for a Digital Culture, and working with Xennial Digital to create the Class of 2032 mobile app. Matthew also serves as an Executive Board member of the EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown CT, blogs at DadsforCreativity.com and is a doctoral student at John Hopkins University.

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.

Contributors

  • Joel Salisbury (web design)
  • Nathan Carr (logo design)
  • Kate Kormushoff (logo design)
  • William Battle (assistant editor)
  • Danielle Brown
  • Elizabeth Caron
  • Thomas Lee
  • Brittney Garth
  • Michael Rivera Jr
  • Erik Lindsay
  • Matthew Bilmes
  • Kevin Richetelli
  • Bridget Costa
  • Aaron Seitz
  • DJ Rose
  • Mike Carlson
  • Evan Field
  • Doreen Maclellan

The Class of 2032 Project acknowledges the generous support of the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Dean’s Grant Award and the Office of Vice President of Research