Made with love in Montreal, Canada!
linkr is a company founded in Montreal to provide revolutionary teaching and learning opportunities to the world.
Our mission is to connect teachers and students and help them create a better world.
In 2006, Gabriel Flacks began teaching at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert in the Humanities Department. While wildly enthusiastic about teaching his courses in cognitive science, philosophy, and critical thinking, he could feel something missing when he spoke to his students about their educational journeys- they lacked the ability to explore, lead, and discover.
Starting an extra-curricular group where students were tasked with blogging offered Flacks his first opportunity to see if his students might enjoy some independence in an academic context; he asked them to write about contemporary news for an audience. But the blogs fells flat as students could tell the audience wasn’t easy to find.
So, he found a collaborative partner in another country, to give his students a broader opportunity to collaborate, share and learn. Students wrote about off-campus volunteerism, contemporary news, applied academic content in new contexts, and loved the collaborative context. But It was so much work for all.
As Flacks’ group was so successful, the college suggested it become a course. Flacks designed and implemented a website to manage his curriculum and very quickly, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students joined in on the fun using the site Flacks built for this purpose, the linkr prototype.
Flacks was introduced to Gregory Mattei, CEO of ALI and ProLang, by Greg’s curriculum lead. As soon as Mattei heard Flacks pedagogical vision, he saw a potential that he wanted to help harness. He joined Flacks and helped bring linkr into existence.
The site is the product of a team who is changing the face of education, making technology serve teachers and students by bringing them together and letting each user create their own educational path, together.
Our leadership team
What we believe in
People learn the most easily and effectively when they are involved in something they care about.
Students are more aware and capable than we (or they) think they are.
Becoming informed about complex issues breeds understanding and humility.
We need to ask students what they think more, so that students are inspired to think more.
There are some things everyone agrees upon; the world is most easily changed when we join together to improve the world in these ways.
Cultural awareness can be enhanced through collaboration with people of different backgrounds from different geographic locations.
People like to write, learn, and collaborate “on their own terms”.
Everyone is useful in a different way.
Education can be enhanced by incorporating the public nature of online writing within the classroom.
Critical thinking skills are improved most effectively by exposing oneself to many points of view.
Context makes all the difference.