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We've recently started doing some very different kinds of experiments with space, this time off our campus. We now have a few-person membership with a co-working space in downtown San Jose called WeWork (they're global and spreading offices rapidly). We've taken students there to work on projects or interview entrepreneurs a couple times. And more recently it has also become a great "third space" for our staff and faculty to meet, work independently, host events, and connect with others. You can read more about it on our Hillbrook Center for Teaching Excellence website: http://www.hillbrookcte.org/posts

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Our Education Strategy team is designing collaborative learning spaces! More info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8X2x9lYl7UjekJEdTNnLW82Z0U/view?usp=sharing#Blueprint2Design
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We have just recently totally reconfigured the computer lab on our campus. Though we still have traditional tables -- we had them made for us -- 10 ft long.....stainless steel. We also reconfigured the "cozy area" with a nice kitchen nook, 2 black futons, and 4 small ottomans that also work as storage....plus a couple of stools that can raise or lower. The biggest change is that we went from chairs to exercise balls.....that sit in a base with wheels.
Though I am a fan of flexible seating -- right now, it is like teaching 24 bobble heads. :)
Pictures coming soon.

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Students in sixth grade science find comfy places to work together
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live Hangout today on participatory theater for democratizing classroom spaces, 21st century literacy, and student empowerment. Come join! #education #hackEducation #theater 

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As part of a podcast series on #LearningSpaces  this Hangout with Dan O'Sullivan will cover his chapter from Make Space called "Reprogrammable Architecture". Come join!

#edtechchat   #edtech   #pblchat   #makerEd  

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An almost 180 view of our media production lab. Two walls are for projections, one with wipe board surface. Tables slide together to form hexagons. The third wall is a green screen for media manipulations. As seen in this image, the room quickly converts into a rougher maker space for design sprints. Apple TV's serve to project iPads onto either wall for class critique. #ALclassroom  
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Structural variables like physical space design are the easy part (and they look great in brochures and campus tours). The harder change is the process variable of human interaction. This four part series explores digital space as an extension of physical space, and suggests how a culture of collaboration can reinvent learning.

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Hey community! I'm super excited - just got the green light to tear down some traditional computer labs and reimagine the spaces (furniture & tech) at our elementary campuses (PK3-grade 4). We already have Chromebooks so that's what we'll continue with for the tech-side of the space.

Those of you with flexible learning spaces at the elementary level, what are your "must haves" or things to avoid?

I'm thinking about outfitting the space in a variety of furniture types (wiggle stools, soft pieces, tables/chairs on wheels, ottoman seats, mobile whiteboards, etc). Any feedback is appreciated!

Becky
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