WHAT IS INFINI D LEARNING?

SHORT AND TO THE POINT

We build educational spaceships, time machines, and shrink rays. Seriously, that sums it up. These last two sentences were added just to fill the awkward empty space.

LONGER VERSION

INFINI D Learning provides students with the opportunity to creatively apply what they learn in the classroom. Through game-like simulation modules, engaging team missions, and immersive environments; each students’ mastery of classroom instruction is put to the test in a variety of subject areas with innovative technical and social skill training. The INFINI D Lab keeps teachers involved in the learning process, allows them to teach their own lessons, and brings the subject matter to life. All you need to do is prep your tech, prep your students, and off you go!

BUCKLE UP, IT’S STORY TIME!

The year was 1983. In a suburb far far away, an elementary science teacher named Victor Williamson unknowingly decided to change the world. At the time, his goal was to impress his university professor with a new way to engage students in science. Armed with a boom box, overhead projector, and poster board controls, Mr. Williamson took his 6th grade students on several intergalactic voyages they would never forget. He had no idea what it would eventually grow into.

As the years went by Mr. Williamson continued to take his students, as well as tens of thousands of others from around Utah and the world, on amazing scientific adventures. As technology improved, so did his ability to reach more students with his immersive simulations. His years of work eventually led to the development of the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center as well as the Discovery Space Center. These award-winning centers have provided field trips and camps to the surrounding schools and community at large and have reached nearly 500,000 students.

Teachers that have had the opportunity to go on a space center field trip have seen the incredible impact this form of experiential learning has had on their students. Many of these teachers began requesting the development of programs that could be run on-site many times throughout the year to help them generate interest and engage their students more fully in the subject matter. In 2013, we took the expertise gained in changing thousands of students’ lives through these amazing centers and began piloting the very first integrated school simulation program. That program has now grown to encompass nearly every curriculum standard imaginable and is accessible through the simple and affordable INFINI D Lab setup. By using (with some simple upgrades) the existing computer lab infrastructure in schools, we can bring powerful experiential learning and problem solving to more students and more subjects than ever before.

Mr. Williamson often quotes the late Carl Sagan when he speaks of our united vision; “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”.  INFINI D, along with it’s partnering schools and institutions, will encourage and motivate today’s students to search out that something in their own field of interest.

We live in the greatest age of discovery. It is time to envision INFINI D.

INFINI D Learning engages students by connecting skills to content

Our diehard teachers’ pets

Austin Nielson
Austin NielsonBest Friend
Jerem Bradsahw
Jerem BradsahwHead Crayon Enthusiast
Alex Wilson
Alex WilsonGuardian of Inside Recess
Alinda Heder
Alinda HederDetention Monitor
Carson Thompson
Carson ThompsonLead Finger Painter
Kendrick Gines
Kendrick GinesHead of Custodial Services
Katy Voeks
Katy VoeksCrossing Guard
Cole Souza
Cole SouzaDirector of Bake Sales
Danny Harding
Danny HardingLine Leader
Skyler Carr
Skyler CarrChief Handraiser
Casey Voeks
Casey VoeksKeeper of the Hall Pass
Brooks Heder
Brooks HederHead Lunch Lady

INFINI D’s mission:  to be the global leaders in the “why” of learning

Love notes

Jared Ferguson

“We strive to help the wonderful teachers in our district develop and use an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, dedicated to student relevance and active learning. When students take part in an INFINI D Lab mission they are empowered to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a creative/artistic context. They also learn to work together to solve problems using skills and information from as many sources as possible. I love seeing so many critical concepts brought together so seamlessly into one creative tool.”

Jared Ferguson – Director of Science, Provo School District

“In our K through 9 charter school we work to provide learning experiences that foster growth, creativity and character development. Since real-life application and multi-sensory learning are at the core of Lakeview Academy’s progressive approach to education, we embrace all types of immersive learning opportunities. INFINI D Learning (and the programs that grew to become the INFINI D Lab) has been an integral part of our innovative teaching methods. Our teachers have been extremely involved in improving and creating missions to reach all types of learners and promote more hands-on learning. And they love it. Our teachers believe that the INFINI D missions and experiences provided in the Lab have been so successful, we are adding more space to the school to allow more students to participate more often in more missions.”

Rick Veasey – Director, Lakeview Academy

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Mrs. Kennedy Walker - 2nd

“Because of how it engages the students, I get to spend less time drilling information and more time guiding them through their learning.”

Kennedy Walker- 2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Tiffany Berthold - 4th

“It’s so much fun seeing how interested the students get in a subject when they know it’s a matter of ‘life and death’.”

Tiffany Berthold – 4th Grade Teacher

Frankly, students pay better attention when their “mission” depends on it

WHY INFINI D LEARNING?

Let’s get one thing straight

This is NOT a new curriculum or shiny content delivery tool. This is a content application tool.

Many great educators often get sidetracked looking to define the academic rigor behind what we do. Although the answers many search for are not difficult to find, it is not our intention for the program alone to provide greater academic rigor. This program is designed to open the door for the classroom experience to become more rigorous. What we have created allows teachers to use their existing lessons and leverage our program to teach more effectively in less time.

Students are not more successful because of what they learn in the simulator, they are more successful because they get to use what they learn in the classroom – and that makes them care.

What the research shows

Who benefits the most from this type of program

Learner groups that have been shown to benefit from experiential learning include:

  • The mature learner who has been long removed from the traditional classroom and needs the motivation of contextual learning to get them back into the swing of academia.
  • The learner who needs to personally experience the value of a subject in order to be motivated to learn.
  • The learner who has trouble learning within the formal classroom, and needs an alternate learning method in order to succeed.
  • Any learner who can benefit from having hands-on examples to bolster their traditional learning.

(Cantor, J.A. (1995). Experiential Learning in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: ASHEERIC Higher Education Report No. 7.)

What it accomplishes

Experiential education has value far beyond building the kind of social skills, work ethic, and practical expertise that are important in professionally oriented programs. In fact, experiential education can also lead to more powerful academic learning and help students achieve intellectual goals, including

  • a deeper understanding of subject matter than is possible through classroom study alone;
  • the capacity for critical thinking and application of knowledge in complex or ambiguous situations;
  • the ability to engage in lifelong learning, including learning in the workplace.

(Business-Higher Education Forum. 2003. Building a nation of learners: The need for changes in teaching and learning to meet global challenges. Washington, DC: Business-Higher Education Forum.)

What the experts say

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Harvard Business Publishing

“Simulations challenge students to analyze available information and make critical decisions to solve a challenge. Simulations allow students to experiment with ideas and outcomes and ultimately master the application of concepts to real situations.”

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Dr. Carolyn M. Shaw – Wichita State University

“Simulations can promote greater retention of the learned materials. Simulations tap into multiple senses and emotions that create ‘memorable events’ and create more enduring and easily recalled memories.”

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Dr. Amy Edmondson – Harvard Business School

“A sim requires action, and decisions. Students are right in the mix, having an experience as opposed to reading about an experience. Team-based sims have the added value of getting students to deal with team dynamics-just like in real life.”

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The old adage sums it up perfectly:

“I hear and I forget

I see and I remember

I do and I understand”

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How we do it

We work closely with real educators to target curriculum standards that are important to them. With their help, we design a plan detailing how the students will use what they are learning in the classroom. It is then up to our talented development team to build a story and mission around the standards chosen. Each mission is driven by the use of real curriculum standards, and brought to life by our state-of-the-art technology.

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