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NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. It offers activities across nine scales – nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s 350+ journeys introduce activities online, in the classroom, in the community and globally. NEXT.cc journeys and activities are supported with links to museums, institutions and contemporary practices. The eco web network of journeys provides a solid foundation for newly established NAAEE North American Association of Environmental Education standards with place based design activities that address the five goals of environmental education: Awareness, Knowledge, Attitudes and Environmental Ethic, Citizen Action Skills, and Citizen Action Experiences. NEXT.cc is based on Wisconsin Art and Design Standards and Common Core State Standards. Now set to NEXT Generation Science Standards for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, NEXT.cc delivers NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts through transdisciplinary activities. NEXT.cc plans to reach young people, their teachers and their families with meaningful learning experiences that create positive influence on lives and outcomes.
- NURTURE creativity
- PROMOTE stewardship of the environment
- INSPIRE wonder of the built and natural world
- CONNECT an eco-web community
- ENABLE teachers as collaborators empowering youth-led active project learning
- CRITIQUE and impact consumption
- PROPOSE humanitarian solutions to social problems
- ADVOCATE conscientious alternative living strategies
AIA State Illinois Nathan Clifford Ricker Award in Education 2019
National Association of Collegiate Schools Creative Achievement in Education Award 2018
National Environmental Education Foundation Green STEM Innovator 2012
Union of International Architects Architecture + Children Golden Cubes 2011
Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Communities Grant 2011
USGBC Excellence in Green Building Education Award 2009
SAIC Presidential Urban Engagement Award 2009
American Architectural Foundation Merit Award 2009
National Endowment for the Arts Design Education Award 2008
American Architectural Foundation Merit Award 2006
NEXT.cc’s informal learning is being accessed in 200 countries, over 5000 cities, and 50 states.
- Ace Mentor Program
- A+DEN Architects and Design Educators Network
- AAO Association of Architecture Organizations
- Chicago Burnham 100 Educators Resource
- Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
- Earth Day Educators’ Network
- FutureLab’s InfoCow
- Global Campaign For Climate Action
- National Environmental Education Foundation
- RISD’s STEM to STEAM Initiative
- Salvadori Center
- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
- US Green Charter Schools Network
- Wyland Foundation
NEXT.cc Green Imagination
NEXT.cc Eco Web You Tube + Vimeo Video
Designing Design Education
Design Is Our Nature: Disseminating Design Practices in K12 Education
Green Your School
STEM to STEAM
STEAM by DESIGN TEDx
Nature Play Project
Reimagining School: Why Creativity and Innovation Matter,Golden Apple Foundation and National St. Louis University
“NEXT.cc hits the 21st Century learning sweet spot! It is a brilliant scaffolding for design-based learning. NEXT.cc delivers content in context embedded in templates and tools. It is at the right level between abstract concept and concrete instantiation. It builds both subject matter mastery and meta-cognitive skills. It reifies domain knowledge transparently as generative engagement. Seamlessly, it inculcates habits of attentive observation, heuristic discovery and self-reflection. It speaks epistemological authority with a light, non-pedantic voice. Beyond all that, NEXT.cc is intrinsically motivating - which is the fancy term for FUN!”
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2020 Happy New Year!
2019 Happy New Year!
2018 Happy New Year!
2017 Happy New Year!
2016 Happy New Year!
2015 Happy New Year!
2014 Happy New Year!(pdf)
2013 Happy New Year!(pdf)
2011 Late Spring (pdf)
2011 Early Spring (pdf)
2010 Spring (pdf)
2010 Fall (pdf)
2009 Spring (pdf)
NEXT.cc What Design Is What Design Does and Why Design is Important 2009(pdf)
- NEXT.cc Book First Design Journeys 2002 (out of print)
- NEXT.cc Book One Hundred and One Journeys 2009 [PDF]
- NEXT.cc Book 3 of more than 350+ Journeys (coming in 2021!)
Eco Literacy: Greening Public Imagination 2009
To download the work in print or electronic formats, see Common Ground: Design Principles and Practices, An International Journal
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NEXT.cc encourages use of online resources to connect the classroom with outside resources, digital interactives, virtual field trip and contemporary practices. Take a look at A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media in the Classroom.