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Space = identity.  When students have cell blocks for classrooms, they identify as prisoners.  This Baltimore high school has a good first move away from the 1970s-era schools, but it clearly spent a lot of money to do so.  I wonder what design principles can we learn from this attempt that are replicable at moderate cost?

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Thanks for this, Daniel! Virtual space matters, too - one of the things I like about teaching online is that I can create stimulating, engaging virtual spaces for the students... unlike the typical university classroom, which is usually without any identity at all, since professors share classrooms and don't even have the chance that K-12 teachers do to create their own space for their students.
Back to the topic of Coursera, the course website there is just about as soul-less as a typical university classroom. I am so disappointed that they have done nothing at all - truly, nothing - to make that virtual space into something stimulating and engaging.
 
+Justin Schwamm I was disappointed to see furnishings that would contribute relatively vast amounts of formaldehyde to the school environment. My old department collected furniture form the media center when they got new stuff and converted a hall into several student-centered spaces. Also we had a piano that was very popular.
 
+Bob Calder - Good point about the formaldehyde!  I agree: repurposed furniture is great for so many reasons.
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