11 Aug 2015, by Brad Collins.
I doubt many people noticed, but we've been down for a week. It all
started around June 29 or 30 when the rains came, and they came and
they came…. The building next door has been under massive
renovation for the last month and a half. And since their building
is four floors tall, and ours only two, the workers have made it their
mission in life to drop as many bricks, scraps of wood and chunks of
concrete onto our roof as possible. The fact that we have a
corrugated steel roof amplifies the sound of impacts by orders of
magnitude. So from 7am till 6pm six days a week it has felt like
we've been under a constant aerial barrage.
30 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
StudyHall Blog up and running. Next up is the
StudyHall Wiki which will be where all of the materials we are
developing for coursework will be maintained. The wiki used GitHub's
Gollum wiki engine. Gollum supports a wide variety of wiki syntaxes
including org-mode, my precious. The wiki is working on a dev server
at the moment and should be pushed to our web server in the next day
We finally have the new
25 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
template designed to re-imagine education in 21st
century. Today, most education still uses a variation on mass
educational that evolved to meet the needs of an industrial age
Studyhall is a
21 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
The poet Charles Olson said that when Aristotle came up with
his classification system, it was a turning point where, as
Heraclitus said, "man is estranged from that which is most
familiar", and from there man became separated from the
world, and knowledge began a relentless process of
fracturing and branching into increasingly more and more
specialized sub-disciplines and knowledge domains that would
continue until the last quarter of the 20th century when
knowledge had become so fractured that it looked like
scientific progress itself was in danger of stalling because
we had become so specialized that no one understood how
their specialized domain of knowledge was related to any
other domain of knowledge.
21 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
Studyhall was conceived as a template
that included a body of knowledge that could be used anywhere to
establish a school based on the studyhall concept.
Been trying to figure out how frame the model village concept, and it
just hit me that it should be approached in the same way as studyhall
is being done – as a template.
20 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
The undertaking that were are proposing is something that is
meant to span not only centuries but millennia. It's taken
20 years of research, study and development to get to the
point where we feel that we are beginning to understand the
scope of what will be required and begin to ask the right
18 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
chenla.la landing page, we have a new
web site that now points to this blog. Chenla.la will now provide an
overview of different projects we are working on, some of which we've
already announced and few big ones that will be announced in the next
weeks. All of the content from the old chenla.la site is now hosted
here on chenla.org and can be found through the links on the left.
If you have gotten here via our
17 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
Since studyhall is designed to be a series of self-directed study
programs that are part of a larger lifetime-learning plan, traditional
course material is not adequate. Topics will be revisited at different
times of a person's life with different needs. So what is needed is a
flexible means of covering topics that can be approached at different
times in different contexts.
03 Jul 2015, by Brad Collins.
Kinto Cloud here in Phnom Penh! The blog will be hosted at chenla.org
and we will have a shiny new landing page at chenla.la that will
provide an overview of the different projects we are undertaking here
We are in the process of moving the old blog which is hosted on GitHub
(thanks GitHub!) to a virtual machine in our own cloud new service
12 Jun 2014, by Brad Collins.
StudyHall and our nascient Naga Shop that will help
further cryptozoological studies in the Greater Mekong River Basin :)
But actually this is just an excuse to get together, drink beer, show
off our new office (still very much a work in progress), and see how
people might be able to contribute to our menagerie of educational and
real research projects (it's just a shop folks). Did I mention the
beer? See the map on our contact page if you don't where we're
located. If you have any problems call Brad 010 628 234.
We're throwing a party on Monday 16, June, 2014 ostensibly to let
people know about