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Hack Class: Shape your ecology, Empower learning at SXSWedu 2013

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  • 1. HACK CLASSshape your ecology, empower learning.FACILITATED BY:
  • 2. How can we empowerteachers to becomehackers of their learningexperiences andenvironments?• individuals• collaborative cohorts / communities• advocates
  • 3. OURWORKSHOP PROTOTYPE BRAINSTORM INTERPRET DISCOVERHELLOS! WHY HACK? LET’S HACK! DISCUSSION: CASE STUDIES CREATING THE ECOSYSTEM
  • 4. WHA DOES HACK TMEAN TO YOU WHA DO Y HOPE T OU TO GET OUT OF THIS SESSION
  • 5. WHO WE ARE
  • 6. why... ...as a design firm do we want to empower teachers as hackers? mmunitywe lear n about co entions. ign intervneed s from des these int er prototyp ventions act as es of cha nge.we believe in empoweringteachers as problem solvers.
  • 7. WHO WE ARE
  • 8. Edutopia focuses onevidenced-basedlearning strategiesand teacher-testedideas. We providethe researchmaterials andcollection ofpractices to makethe case for hacksto schools acrossthe country.
  • 9. corestrategies Comprehensive Teacher Strategies Development Project Based Technology Learning Integration Social Emotional Integrated Learning Studies
  • 10. HACK.
  • 11. we embrace... the spirit of a hacker. the optimism of a designer. the playfulness of a maker.
  • 12. what ‘hacking’ teacher as designer can do... environment as tool empower. align. transform.teaching & learning prototype changeculture build a teammanagement engage community
  • 13. mindset problem solving open creative optimistic reflective storytelling resourcefulobservant experimental
  • 14. improvised strategizedlittlehack.BIGHACK.
  • 15. reminder... say yes to yourself.grant imperfection.yourself experimentation. failure.permission. the process itself is worth it.
  • 16. reminder... grab a buddy. your network has skills,you are connections,not alone. resources, ingenuity to make it happen. there’s always your online community.
  • 17. processdiscover interpret ideate create evolve shareunderstand identify patterns brainstorm prototype reflect advocate &context & & opportunities solutions concepts & refine expandusers
  • 18. CASESTUDIES...or adventures & misadventures in hacking and what we learned along the way.
  • 19. ROOSEVELTMIDDLE SCHOOL Urban, public middle school.Math teacher, soccer coach, service learning leader, & explorer. Four days to explore. One to prep. Two to hack.
  • 20. ESSENTIAL QUESTION How do we create a collaborative &creative math classroom that embraces failure as a learning opportunity? How can we create a safe, playful, and active class culture?
  • 21. TRAILERhttp://on.fb.me/remakeyourclass
  • 22. PREP: WEEK OF:• Teacher interview INSIGHT to IDEAS • interviews• Administrator interview • idea/solution session• Scoping trip STUDENT WORKSHOP PLANNING, VOLUNTEERS, &• Planning meetings SHOPPING m t w th f s s m } REVEAL HACK! STRATEGY DAY • ideas to strategies DISCOVERY DAY • tours • observation • insight/pattern sessionPROCESS
  • 23. teen tech bar & project studio teacher dj dashboard & desk room arrangement & flowHACKSto environmentalHIGHLIGHT imagery & identity
  • 24. SOLVE installation from pencilscustom story posters &Mr. Mattice branding simplified reference posters writable walls display student workperimeter project/tech cafewhiteboards teach from anywhere project table storage digital/analog teacher dashboard in center of room 1/3 of tables on casters
  • 25. Old teaching station
  • 26. Teacher DJ Dashboard
  • 27. Environmental imagery& identitystory & action wall
  • 28. Environmental imagery & identityMr. Mattice poster refresh MATH RESPECT. treat others the way you want to be treated share don’t be mean to others follow your rules don’t be seated don’t ...the elders be awesome be yourself the students of Mr. Mattice’s class.
  • 29. Environmental imagery& identityplayful signage & labeling
  • 30. Importance of process: observation to ideas to prototypes Involvement of community and students: student engagement & enthusiasm fueled project Scrappiness, resourcefulness, and skill finding: asking friends & looking beyondWhat Prototype as advocate forwe change: the power to start a dialogue in a school & withlearned... formal leadership
  • 31. THE LOVETT SCHOOL Urban, private school.English & American Studies teacher, culture maven, adventurer. Mixed cohort of teacher-designer fellows. School unrolling their “Vision for Learning.”
  • 32. ESSENTIAL QUESTION How do we transform classrooms and acohort of teachers into designer/hackers that embody the vision for learning?
  • 33. TIMELINE catalyst! proof of concept / scale of one / expansion / integration living research of vision / empowerment a m j j a s o n d j f m a }SCHOOL }DESIGN THINKINGWORKSHOP PHASE ONE PHASE TWO One teacher. Cohort of teachers. One class. Ecology of classes. IKEA hack. Light design meets hack. PROCESS
  • 34. PHASE ONE
  • 35. BENNETT/MR. SPANNWhat is at the core of Bennett’s classroom: • A balance between playfulness & seriousness • A commitment to an intriguing, engaging, curious, stimulating classroom • Relevance and media/cultural literacy • First day: Plays up nervousness • Favorite thing: The farewell talk
  • 36. Aligning Mr. Spann’s goalswith school vision.
  • 37. ZONES & DESIGN CONCEPTS threshold transition, invitation, curationhearth harkness studiorelationship, intimacy, meet, gather, kitchen production,focus, discussion table collaboration, flexibility, workshop stagereflection presentation,windows, debate, storytelling, nookgrouping viewing multimedia, center, consumption
  • 38. ZONES & DESIGN CONCEPTShearth thresholdrelationship, transition,intimacy, focus, invitation, curationdiscussion harkness reflection meet, gather, windows, debate, kitchen table grouping
  • 39. ZONES & DESIGN CONCEPTSstudio stageproduction, presentation,collaboration, storytelling, nookflexibility, viewing multimedia, center, consumption
  • 40. GIVINGTEACHERS THE TOOLS TO REMIX.
  • 41. Being able to write on the walls is a niceaddition to the classroom. It allows the entireclass to be writing on the "board" at the sametime...It also takes away the "teacher standingat a whiteboard" idea of classroomsand teaching.STUDENT SURVEY
  • 42. It has helped me to understand thatthere are many ways to learn andmany different settings that helpstudents learn.STUDENT SURVEY
  • 43. This new room makes it so theclass is never the same every timewe meet and, for me that is ahuge plus.STUDENT SURVEY
  • 44. I think the story studio allows kids tothink out of the box and morecreatively.STUDENT SURVEY
  • 45. STORY STUDIO BLOG
  • 46. How does the design of the "story studio"... Empower multiple Facilitate learning student VERY styles involvement MUCH 5 Energize Energize Enhance class Energize teacher students class 4.61 content Fit class 4.52 4.48 4.45 Facilitate reflection 4.2 4.39 4.27 Facilitate 4.15 independent 3.82 work 3.4 3.55 MID 2.6 1.8NOT AT ALL 1
  • 47. In addition to my observations about the physical space, Ifound myself observing teachers in a different way. ...my new approach to teaching has me asking questions and trying to see various possibilities and hypotheticals rather than observing everything at face value MR. SPANN REFLECTION
  • 48. How can we create learningexperiences and environmentsthat facilitate the development ofthe Lovett learner?What resources & access (tools, people, information)do students need to support these experiences?
  • 49. Vision for Learning Critical Thinker EXPERIENCES The Lovett Effective Communicator Student PEOPLE TOOLS Rooted in Character Creative Agent ENVIRONMENTS Independent & self-directed honesty • respectresponsibility • compassion Purposeful Collaborator
  • 50. Designing a cohort...
  • 51. A cohort of hackers...Co-processing Cross-Pollination Collaborationa moment to step back mixing ideas and perspectives building togetherreflection interdisciplinary makingintrospection creativity brainstormingconsistency interactive Critical support Experimentation constructive collegiality permission to try something new critique feedback new practices innovation tinkering prototyping
  • 52. A single class can act as a catalyst, but a constructive community is crucial to larger school change. Hacks can spread and be thought of as an ecosystem. Simple planning tools can help teachers choreograph use of space in their classes. Reflection and sharing is key toWhat professional evolution.we Measuring outcomes is tricky, butlearned... important
  • 53. let’s HACK.
  • 54. our hack themes Unleash Cultivate one project based learning. two Relationships. Capture & Rethink thethree teacher zone. four curate student work.
  • 55. StandardClassroom.25 student desks, 1 teacher desk, teacher wall, 1window wall, 1 door, no closet, 1 row of built-inbookshelves.50-min class that meets 5x week. After schoolmeetings hosted in the classroom.Maybe a blog used on occasion; standardacademic situations.
  • 56. DISCOVER. 6 MINUTESWhat does our theme currently look likein the standard classroom?What do students/teachers want to do?What barriers are there?Where do I see promising examples?
  • 57. INTERPRET 4 MINUTESWhat patterns do we see?What areas do we want to focus on?Identify 2-4 “How might we” questions.
  • 58. ideatehow 10might MINUTES cluster selectwe... & build
  • 59. ideation paletteprototype
  • 60. Lay the foundation for big ideas. Create structure, but leave room for flow. Root your brainstorming in empathy. Hone problem statements. Create an immersive environment. Gather a diverse team.There will be time for iteration and critique.
  • 61. ideate 1. Defer judgment. 2. Encourage wild ideas. 3. Build on the ideas of others. 4. Stay focused on the topic. 5. One conversation at a time. 6. Be visual. 7. Go for quantity. FROM IDEO’S RULES FOR BRAINSTORMING.
  • 62. create 5 MINUTESa sketchprototype.
  • 63. share.
  • 64. HACK CLASSshape your ecology, empower learning. FACILITATED BY:
  • 65. TAKE THE PLEDGE.
  • 66. Drop us a note. Share your story.www.thethirdteacherplus.com@thethirdteacherMelanie Kahl Christian Longmkahl@cannondesign.com clong@cannondesign.com@melaniekahl @christianlongwww.edutopia.org@edutopiaLora Malora.ma@edutopia.org@loraeducation