Preparing Students to be Real-World Ready
We are super excited you are interested in joining our movement to create a generation of makers.

Our goal is to provide you with effective material that will work directly with your classes.

Below you will find information about our program and how we can help you win big with your educational goals. 

To your success,

Josh and Ruth

What if there were a proven system that opened the door by delivering an effective learning experience that helped teachers, students, and administrators to win big, even in the midst of stretched budgets, and tights schedules? That's what the rest of this page is all about. In short, this is who we are and what we do:

We help teachers and administrators get clear on their teaching and learning, so that students succeed in our technology-driven landscape. 


We know that the EFFECTIVENESS and EFFICIENCY of any resources or program are key in decision making and delivery.

The Problem with STEM

We've all seen it. The cute pictures of kids holding technology. We are sold this vision of the future where kids are being taught how to program self-driving cars. 

And we are given stats like the following. "The future of the economy is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. “That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support that assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.

This is fantastic, but it is only part of the picture (a very small part of the picture). 
Effective learning involves weaving together multiple key threads of thought progression all at once. Helping students find their thought connection points is vital for their learning success.
STEM and STREAM stats are great and all, but, where is the "T" "R" and "A" in STREAM, really?

Learn the secret why Full-STREAM Learning is important for the next generation and how to implement an across-discipline approach with fun and easy lessons that plug straight into your classroom while using the equipment you have already invested in. 
S.T.R.E.A.M. and a Bright Future
Sir Isaac Newton brought a whole new level of clarity when he helped describe  the rainbow of colors that combine to form white light. 

Why is an across-the-discipline approach important anyway? And how do I implement it?

The concept of a prism and how separate colors of light are combined to form white light will be used as a metaphor as we go to show what Anomaly Learning calls “full-stream learning.” Each key discipline is a stream of color in the overall spectrum. We will explain this and unpack more in our Free Teacher and Administrator resources and communityIn recent years, the STEM learning movement has been popularized. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
What if one or more colors is missing in the spectrum of light? How does that impair our learners?
Where is Technology and Art? And for that matter why is Reading missing? STEM is a broken model and does not prepare students for real-world problem-solving for businesses. Instead, STREAM is the ideal model because it teaches critical thinking and problem-solving using an across-disciplines approach.

But isn't that hard to do? Doesn't that take too much time? But I don't have any training or background in technology? Actually, with our learning resources and tools we make this fast and easy to implement and it fits right into your learning outcomes.


Here is What Students are Telling Us
We asked 5th through 8th graders their thoughts on the tools they use in the classroom for technology and coding skills. We asked them how it was going. The common response was "I don't feel like I am learning anything with the point and click tools. I don't feel like I am learning how to solve problems and write code from scratch."
We are in a digital digital era that is beyond point and click. 
How do we make students real-world ready with critical thinking and problem solving skills? 

To do so we need all strands of the learning process working together across disciplines.
Joshua Lomelino, M.F.A.
Hi, I'm Josh! I have been in the technology and design industry for 20 years and have been equipping the next generation through teaching for the last 10 years. I live in music city, Nashville TN. It has been my privilege to help transform the lives of thousands of students worldwide. I am an Associate Professor of IT and Digital Design at Trevecca University and an Adjunct Professor of Game Design and Programming for the Savannah College of Art and Design online. 

After many years of research and development dedicated to helping students learn, I have developed truly unique methods and I have seen the massive results immediately and even 10 years later when my students have been launched into their careers. I recently went to learn more effective strategies for teaching and learning when I was a part of a summer research institute at Oxford University. 

Additionally, I'm a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Illinois State University, holding four degrees including an A.A.S, B.S., M.A., and M.F.A, with specializations in design, music, and technology. I absolutely love helping people win big in life. I can't wait to help your students succeed.

My "Why"
I started Anomaly Learning to help transform the next generation by teaching kids creativity and problem-solving at a young age in order to be prepared for the creative and technical jobs of the future. I help students build the bridge from where they are now to their creative or technical job of the future. I help students close the gap from where they are to where they want to be. 
Ruth Reynard, PhD
Hi, I’m Ruth! I have enjoyed and still am enjoying a professional career that has kept me on the innovative side of things. I completed my master’s degree in ESL and Cultural Diversity and my PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). 

During that time, I studied under Jim Cummins, PhD, a global expert in bilingualism and Marlene Scardamelia, PhD, and Cark Bereiter, PhD, experts in knowledge building and applied learning. Through funding provided by LINC and HRDC, Canada, I created fully online learning platforms and programs for foreign-trained professionals and adult English language learners, still used across Canada. 

My "Why"
I have researched the benefits of new instructional and technology-rich learning designs. I have taught K-12 teachers in TN and IL and developed faculty training opportunities for career faculty here in the US and internationally. I am currently consulting with international universities in curriculum design and delivery and the uses of newer technology to support instruction. My focus continues to be on teacher and student success and I believe that technology can really help us in attaining those goals. Additionally, coding can support students in attaining skills they will need soon for employment and professional success. 

I am excited to work with you as we explore the most efficient and effective ways to help students develop high-level thinking, as well as creative and innovative design skills. Welcome to a potentially powerful partnership!
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