Teach with SOLE

Explore Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLES)

Explore Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE). A SOLE is easy to plan, educationally rigorous, and works with every subject. This is a powerful and simple way to add project-based learning to your online classroom. Empower your students to learn, collaborate, and think critically.

Let’s get back to creativity and collaboration! Here’s how:  TomTod’s guide to online SOLE

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find more ideas for middle schoolers. We would love to see what you and your students are learning and creating. Share your projects with us dailyadventures@tomtodideas.org. We can’t wait to see what your students create!   ~TomTod Team

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Will students learn just by exploring a big question on their own?


A brief introduction to the history of Self Organized Learning Environments. Visit www.startsole.org to learn more and join in!


Will students learn with just a computer and their curiosity? When a group of kids from a Delhi slum figured out how to navigate the Internet in English simply by playing with a computer for a few days, it was the beginning of a movement to harness the power of self-organized learning. “Seeing them take charge has really showed us that maybe we are being a little too rigid and structured, and not trusting our students enough.” Learn more about the classroom in the sky.


On March 18, 2016, 1,000 high school students from Cleveland and northeast Ohio were invited to SOLE around the issues of community engagement and safety in the 21st Century. This is a great example of giving students voice and choice to create ideas that help their own community. Use StartSOLE’s online tools to plan a SOLE with your students.


Miss seeing your students learn? Tired of reading lots of typed assessments? Learn how to teach remotely using Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a free program that will allow you and your students to post short videos online in response to different prompts, and to converse with each other via video.

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– The TomTod Team

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