The Work Continues at EMC² Learning

Hi folks. John here! I just wanted to provide a quick update. First and foremost, whether you’re brand new to this site or a longtime visitor since its early days way back before the publication of book number one in 2019 – THANK YOU! Your support and enthusiasm has given me life, validation, and inspiration throughout these past few years, and I cannot tell you how much it does my heart good to see that more and more people are still checking out archival posts and making use of the resources that I posted here on the blog. Truly, I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the excitement with passionate teachers around the world — and it is an honor to see that even a few of my crazy ideas are finding a great home in your classrooms. Thank you for that!

So here’s the good news (that might look like bad news).

Going forward, this will probably be the last blog post on this website. But that doesn’t mean I’m done posting new content. Far from it, in fact! There is still an incredible amount of work to be done. With the publication of Fully Engaged: Playful Pedagogy for Real Results, Michael Matera and I launched a website to help house all of the additional content that we’d included in its pages and all of the other ideas that were simply too ambitious (or tech heavy, or super detailed, or longwinded, or…) to fit inside of anything that we could comfortably fit on a reasonably sized bookshelf. And so together, we started to create individual web pages with detailed step-by-step walk through lesson plan ideas, explainer videos, and downloadable resources for every single one of the activities that we were designing. As of this posting, that number of pages has already climbed well into the *hundreds* (!!!), and we’ve quickly begun to realize the infinite runway of potential for work that lies ahead.

So.

As long as I’m living, I will be continuing to write, teach, research, podcast, present, blog, and create all kinds of new resources and updates. But for as powerful as a single blog can be (with some help from Google!), the on-site search-ability and user-friendliness inevitably of a blog like this and the hosting costs associated with maintaining a sophisticated enough infrastructure to help the site actually be useable are simply unsustainable with the amount of content that we’ve collected and will continue to curate for many, many years to come.

Which means… we’re moving! And the new site is ready to roll with all kinds of next-gen features like weekly membership updates, resource bookmarking, video transcriptions, skill builder video courses, hundreds of fully editable activity templates, on-page discussion forums, new and improved search functionality, and single click Google login capabilities (to name just a few). Like I said – the future looks beyond exciting! All updates from this point forward can be found on our new site on over at www.EMC2Learning.com. Once again, I wanted to say thank you for your support of this blog, and I hope you’ll consider joining all of the cool things that we have going on at the new site!

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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