learning commons beta test...start with the lab\nwe needed to make it interesting enough for people to notice\npersonalized learning\ndynamic and inviting space\n
huddle areas\nHuddle Areas More and more, students are working collaboratively, and, increasingly, universities are providing student lounge and huddle areas to accommodate both academic and social activities. These non-classroom, informal learning spaces are typically made up of discrete areas sized to accommodate about four or five students at a table, with power receptacles and connectivity to a shared large-screen flat panel display, which can be table- or wall-mounted.\nThink of a series of booths commonly found in diners, which provide a minimal separation among groups. In some cases, acoustic and visual separation may be enhanced by increasing the height of the panels between booths.\nIn lounge areas in classroom buildings, libraries, and dorms, furniture is often arranged to support small workgroups. Again, power and display capabilities are often provided.\n\n
1.&#xA0; It requires teachers to be risk takers--but based on sound educational principals.\n2.&#xA0; It focuses less on content and more on process, understanding, and critical thinking about material. \n3.&#xA0; It requires "old" skills (reading, writing,etc..) but develops new skills need for the changing world.\n4.&#xA0; It exposes students to engaging social networking in an educational setting\n5.&#xA0; It establishes and allows students to can create their own knowledge based on fact and content. \n6.&#xA0; It makes learning and teaching more FUN.\n
5 Tips for the Tech Terrified Teacher\nRemember, it&#x2019;s not about you! Your discomfort with technology impacts your students&#x2019; futures. Teachers need to be preparing students for the world we live in today. So many jobs are dependent on a basic understanding of technology. Always ask yourself, &#x201C;am I teaching something that is obsolete, or something that will help my students in the future that lies ahead?&#x201D;\nDon&#x2019;t resist your tech guru teacher-friend: It is difficult to ask for help but partnering up with a tech guru teacher-friend can provide a support system that can help ease your transition from tech terrified to tech curious.\nRealize it&#x2019;s okay if you are not in control: In reflection, I realize that a major reason that I resisted tech for so long is because I feared what would happen if I was no longer in control&#x2026;but it is okay if the tech malfunctions. In fact it can lead to some pretty teachable moments.\nLet your students teach you something: Newsflash &#x2013; if you think you are the omnipotent force in your classroom, think again! Kids know a lot these days and it can boost their confidence and engagement if you call on students for support.\nIf you find a product you like, ask someone from the company to come visit &#x2013; Tech startups want you to use their products so most likely if you send an email, they will answer any questions you have or maybe even come visit your school to teach you how to use their product.\n\n
SHIFTING TO AN IDEA LABTHE NEW MODEL FOR TECH LABS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Marsha Harris Instructional Technology Specialist Trinity School
BACKCHANNELhttp://todaysmeet.com/idealabuse the live stream to make comments,ask questions, and use that feedback totailor the presentation, and addressaudience needs.
ABOUT TRINITY3’s-6th Grade625 StudentsMac Platform1:1 Laptop program 5th and 6thGrades1 Cart of iPad/GradeiPads and e-Readers in MediaCenterTech Lab for 1st-4th and supportfor 5th and 6th
100 YEARS AGO 100 years of education reform... What has changed? What still looks the same?
TRADITIONAL EDUCATION What looks different? Who’s still in charge? Classrooms still continue to function like a sealed box.
THE CHANGE Teaching MethodologyLots of talk about thetechnology, but little changewith how we teach with thetechnology.Our tech lab isn’t just aroom that housestechnology, it’s a spacewhere people cometogether, create and learn.Students have theopportunity to see theirteachers learn beside them.Students have theopportunity to teach theirteachers, to solve problemsand to become leaders.
WHAT TEACHERS FEAR How do we get teachers to WANT to come? What are the teachers SAYING? How do we get teachers to WANT to use technology? Is there more conﬁdence from the younger native generation?
IDEA WALLidea painthow do we use it as acollaborative space?how does it changeinstruction?
THE IDEA WALL Idea PaintHow does something simple like this change the way we teach?
THE IDEA WALL5th Grade Digital 4th Grade Branches ofCitizenship Lesson Government Lesson
INSTRUCTIONHow has it changed the way that I teach?
COLLABORATION AND INTEGRATIONCommunication with TeachersGrade-level MeetingsCulminating Projects and Team BuildingOpportunitiesNew Technology and Ideas for IntegrationWe provide the framework...students drive the contentRelevant modeling of tools, methods for furtherintegration