WHAT IS WHAT IF 101?
What If 101 is a school-based program that walks students through the ideation process. It helps students make a real-world impact through experiential learning and problem-based learning.
What If 101 is an ideal starting point for students with dreams and creativity to learn about their community and gain new skills in class. We develop cross-curricular standards-aligned projects that provide student to create
EMPOWERING IDEAS THAT PUT IMAGINATION & EMPATHY INTO ACTION
In the beginning, students explore their community and their skills through research, virtual field learning experience, and by engaging with guest speakers.
Students then ideate new ideas to help the diverse needs of their community to help their neighbors and neighborhoods thrive. In the final weeks of the semester, students develop new ideas to serve the common good based on all they’ve experienced.
DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS
During What If 101, students develop 21st-century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, and social-emotional skills like self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
Students in What If 101 grapple with the importance of new ideas and thinking critically. They gain confidence in how they communicate and understand how to research as they explore new ideas. Working in collaborative teams students think deeply about how their actions influence each other and how they can create an idea together for the common good.
REMOTELY LAUNCHING IDEAS IN 2020
For the 2020-2021 school year, TomTod is offering What If 101 remotely to help support students and schools during online and hybrid learning.
At TomTod we know middle schoolers, and we know that middle schoolers want to do things that matter. What If 101 is a project-based class taht makes learning relevant, responsive, and real!
What If 101: REMOTE is a synchronous and asynchronous learning experience that intrinsically motivates students by challenging them to help their communities in real ways.
We bring real-world learning into the virtual classroom by connecting students to community leaders through Virtual Round Tables (VRT) and partnering students with community mentors. What If 101 has been designed to empower students’ ideas through fun and developmentally appropriate lessons that compliment school schedules and standards.
BRING WHAT IF 101 TO YOUR SCHOOL
If you are interested in empowering your middle school students to put imagination and empathy into action through What If 101, TomTod’s Adventure Curators would love to work with you!
What If 101 is implemented in middle schools alongside a partner teacher one period a week for either a semester or an entire year. We believe in working collaboratively with our partner schools to create a unique learning experience that compliments State standards and reinforces critical thinking, communication, and writing skills already being taught in the school.
For more information on bringing What If 101 to your middle school, email us!
SEE WHAT MIDDLE SCHOOLERS HAVE CREATED
Have you ever seen the bikes you can barrow outside the libraries in Stark County? That was the idea of middle schoolers!
In 2014, Abby, Devin, and Alexis had an idea. What If Stark County had a bike lending program that would give anyone who needed it access to better transportation, exercise, and recreation?
And, they thought, what if it could all be free?
The CantonSmart App
When Aaron and Gwyn explored their community at Camp What If, they loved what they saw. “What if,” they thought, “our city had a smart guide to all the great things in Canton? And what if it showed you where to go?”
The result? The CantonSmart App. This app navigates users through all the city has to offer with walkthroughs of the city’s fun and history.
Aaron and Gwyn worked alongside local mentors, including developers Chris Cutter and Dan Capri, and Mark Holland with the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, to put their idea into motion.
Now the public has an app that serves up local history, knowledge, and food right from their phones, all thanks to middle schoolers!
The All-Ages Tech & Gaming Club
The Friend smART App
WHAT IF 101 – CURRENT SCHOOL PARTNERS
WHAT IF 101 – PAST SCHOOL PARTNERS