The OpenWorld Learning Program is offered four days a week, three hours a day, after school, and during the summer. The program includes a snack, vigorous physical exercise, 90 minutes of computer project time, and a half-hour of homework/writing support.
The OpenWorld Learning Program is offered in school computer labs with 25-30 computers, high-speed Internet, and multi-media projectors. To this strong base of equipment, OpenWorld Learning adds digital cameras, scanners, and a color printer.
Leading each OpenWorld Learning lab is a team of 2-3 paid teachers who are typically either college students or recent graduates who take joy in teaching and working with youth. These young people turn empty computer labs into supportive and challenging learning communities. OpenWorld Learning provides them with extensive training, supervision, and support. They serve not only as teachers, but as mentors and role models to our students , sharing their passion for education and service.
A central element in the OpenWorld Learning model is tapping the power of peer teaching. OpenWorld Learning's paid teachers train a leadership team of 6-8 Student Leaders. OpenWorld Learning chooses Student Leaders who exemplify a love of learning, creativity, hard work, and a passion for helping others. This peer teaching model takes advantage of children's natural ability with computers and is also a cost-effective way to achieve a very low teacher-student ratio of 1:3. OpenWorld Learning's peer teaching model makes possible individually guided, hands-on learning. It also develops children's teamwork and leadership ability, and creates a powerful and positive peer culture.
A final element to the OpenWorld Learning Program is an incentive program that rewards hard work and achievement. As students complete the rigorous certification projects that mark progress in the OpenWorld Learning curriculum, they earn prizes to recognize their hard work. These include an OpenWorld Learning t-shirt (beginner level), a computer for their homes (intermediate level) and a digital camera (advanced level). The powerful digital tools they earn allow them to become technology leaders within their families, teaching their siblings and parents. – less–ZoomInfo