LIVING ONLINE LAB - teaching the Digital Revolution
Living Online Lab, a US-based nonprofit organization, was founded in 2015 to address a 21st century challenge: The Internet Revolution has changed virtually every aspect of our world - yet school curricula remain almost frozen in time, woefully failing to reflect this momentous development.
Reuben Loewy, a British-born high school teacher and former foreign correspondent, set out to develop a curriculum for the digital age, and the result is a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching Internet Studies to 6th-12th grade students, and beyond.
Our goal is to educate and empower a new generation to be knowledgeable, engaged, and critical digital citizens. We want to help students navigate the new digital ecosystem and truly understand what they are consuming, doing and encountering online so that they can thrive in the digital world, and actively shape the Internet.
Described by The Atlantic (May 2015) as "the liberal arts of virtual living," the Living Online curriculum explores key aspects of the Internet, digital culture, and the intersection of humans and technology. More than 30 modules, comprising lesson plans and multimedia resources, cover topics such as the History and Business Model of the Internet, Digital Ethics, Algorithms, Cyberpsychology, Diversity of Thought, Remix Culture, Information vs. Knowledge, Digital Literacy, and The Dark Web.
Living Online Lab’s lesson plans have been developed by teachers and leading academics, and piloted in schools in the U.S and Canada. The Living Online curriculum is aligned to both national and ISTE standards, and subscribers receive regular updates, reflecting the rapid developments in the digital world. Our vision is to create an online portal that will serve as a unique resource for schools, colleges, and other educational institutions to teach about the Internet and the digital world.
Trustees and advisors include Lord Mitchell (former entrepreneur and founding chairman of the eLearning Foundation), Dr. Tom Chatfield (author, Oxford University academic, and broadcaster), and Ann Collier, a highly experienced educational nonprofit leader. Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society has recently partnered with Living Online to develop a series of lesson plans for LRNG.com, a youth-focused educational program.