Rethink computer labs and underutilized school spaces to better reflect a new generation of learners.

How are we modifying our current educational spaces to keep up with emerging technology and the need to innovate and collaborate?

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2 evaluations so far

1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 100%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 0%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 100%

Agree. - 0%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 100%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 0%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 100%

Agree. - 0%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 50%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 50%

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Process for Identifying and Converting Underused Learning Spaces into Beehives of Activity.

Step 1: Hold a contest or host a nomination process for "Tired Space Transformation" that works with your school calendar.

Step 2: Create a Google forms to have simple submission of a photograph of the current space and paragraph or two of what could be imagined in that space.

Step 3: Promote the contest (school newspaper, social media, backpacks, whatever works).

Step 4: Host a design charrette shortly after the deadline and invite a variety of students (all that submitted ideas), faculty, staff, parents and community partners to participate. (Can a local business or PTO sponsor this?)
1. Have each idea on a separate large pad and allow open comments for first hour.
2. Give everyone in attendance 3 Avery dots and have them vote on their top ideas.
3. Select top 3 ideas, based on top vote getters (most Avery dots).
4. Break participants into 3 teams and have them do a short brainstorming session on their topic with a trained facilitator.
5. Pizza break.
6. Have each team develop a rapid prototype of their idea (to scale) and begin to price out items (research).
7. Come together and each team pitches concept to the entire group (including decision-makers).

One idea (minimum) is selected to move forward for development.
The community may be invited in to the school over the summer to help transform the space (including a mini grant from PTO or foundation to provide curriculum development or needed inservice, depending on type of space).
Do a big reveal just before school starts and thank volunteers and contributors (ask PTO for help here).

Unveil!

P.S. If a school doesn't have space to transform, perhaps it can get nominations for reusing existing spaces after school for the community to use (gym, art room, computers etc.) to extend tax payers investment in their schools and benefit to the community.



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