More About DesignWorlds for Learning

DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc., was founded in 1997 by Dr. Ted Kahn and his wife, Frona Kahn, two early and longtime interactive educational technology pioneers, with early support from educational technology executive, Jack Gottsman. Its original mission was to design and enable use of computer-supported collaborative learning environments via the internet and web for students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners of all ages from around the world. Building on Ted’s extensive previous action research, and both Ted and Frona’s award-winning educational multimedia product development and active pioneering roles in multiple companies, they envisioned a new future for learners.

In this vision, these learners would be co-designing individual and collaborative learning and gaming environments over the Internet using emerging collaboration, social and digital media tools and resources. DesignWorlds thus pioneered two initial major projects. The first was the design of the web site content for Apple’s launch of iMovie for desktop movie-making in 2000. The second was the Bay Area Science Museum Learning Collaboratory, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Family Foundation. This collaboratory provided early open educational resources (OER) to middle grades teachers and students, drawing from the wealth of digital resources from multiple museums and other informal learning environments – all aligned with science curriculum standards.

In 2003-2004, Ted and Frona created a new division called DesignWorlds for College and Careers, providing pre-college advising, coaching and college application admissions support for high school and college students. They have since successfully supported more than 1,100 students in successfully navigating their path from high school to college and early careers.