Fly a virtual paper plane into the future of education



I just had to show you this very creative and original site, although I had promised myself before this that I wouldn’t post another thing for a while.

You’re going to love this. When you go to the Million Futures site, you see a blue sky with fluffy clouds and hundreds of paper planes flying around. These represent people’s views on future education. 

Million Futures is part of Beyond Current Horizons – a joint project conducted by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and education innovator Futurelab.

It’s an innovative way of consulting with the public to identify what people see as the biggest challenges facing the future of education, and to gain some knowledge of how people would like to envisage future education. The responses will contribute to a report from Futurelab which will be published on the Beyond Current Horizons website. This will be used to inform the UK government’s long-term scenario planning for education.

There are 6 questions revolving around the central question:

What of today’s education do you want to see in 2025?

When you click on a question, a paper plane flies in and opens up for you to write inside. When you’re done, it folds up and flies into the sky to join the other planes. You can open other planes to see what others have written. I’m not sure how this is going to reflect UK views, since I was able to contribute and I’m Australian.

I urge you to have a look, even just from an aesthetic perspective. What an original idea.

Thanks to @ggrosseck for finding this

6 thoughts on “Fly a virtual paper plane into the future of education”

  1. Really glad you kept blogging tonight Tania,

    all posts today were really interesting and this one is great.

  2. Surely your fingers are tired by now?????

    Seriously, good effort. You are finding excellent sites for your readers. Good on you Tania.

  3. Interesting site Tania. Such a diverse range of views – some very thought-provoking. Some that make me want to ask the author questions though – especially the one word responses.

    Would be great to see Australian version, but as you point out comments can be from anywhere really.

  4. Hi Pam,
    I suppose when you open something up to everybody, you never know what response you get. Some of them were very good, though. I wonder how many of them are actually from the UK?

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