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A call for student volunteers was put out to the ROHS students to give input on the ROHS Learning Commons Redesign. Each group viewed three videos. The first video gave a digital overview of a Learning Commons at a university level and the different spaces within it. The second video showed how students at a high school felt about their current Media Center and why they wanted it to transition to a Learning Commons. The Last video discussed a middle school Learning Commons and focused on the function of it from a teacher's perspective. We talked about how aesthetics and function work together in these spaces. They are both important, but ultimately it's about the learning experiences and the learning communities we build in these spaces. This was a working lunch for us. Students took notes about what they saw, heard, and liked throughout the videos.
Students were then tasked with thinking up their 'dream learning space'. They loved the prompt, "if money were no object..." They were given prompting questions and then asked to analyze (or find) photos of high school Learning Commons from all over the world. They examined the images about what they saw and what they liked. We had a discussion about each point that they came up with from the photos and they actively took notes to gather information. They then had to relate what they saw and what they liked to our current space. How could we do that here at ROHS? Many of the students had great ideas for organization, arrangement and layouts. The students were very thoughtful about their points and why they felt a change was needed. We got a lot of insight on what students liked and wanted in the ROHS Learning Commons, but also what they didn't like in the current space. We don't have a prescribed process for this change, but what we know is that we want students to 'want' to come down to this space, not just be 'taken' to it. It should be a warm welcoming environment where active learning takes place.
Some of the highlights:
I think the students liked being involved in the decision process. One girl commented, "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make a difference." We have some great kids here at ROHS. #ravenchangers
Just another fun day working with our awesome students. : ]
It was a quick sign-up and an even quicker day. My friend Tim Foreman at the middle school told me about Google's Expedition program that he signed up for. Google Expeditions is Google's push into education with virtual reality 360 views of unique places to pair with lessons. The sample expeditions primarily catered to ELA, Science, and Social Studies subjects, however it was interesting to see some career focused education expeditions that followed the day in the life of a professional in a specific job role. I can only imagine the expeditions will keep getting better and better.
I didn't think we would get chosen since Google had a very small window of time that they would be in the Detroit area, but I thought, might as well give it a go and see what happens. So, I signed up and within a couple hours a representative got back to me saying we could be part of it, but needed 18 unique classes scheduled by the next day.
It seemed impossible, but I went door to door in order to get some risk-taking volunteers. I got over a dozen willing participants within a couple hours, created a schedule and we were ready to go!
There were some hiccups, but the students and teachers who participated thought it was a pretty worthwhile experience. Fieldtrips without leaving the building. How cool is that? Some students went to holy Jerusalem, others checked out different biomes, ELA went on a tour of London and Earth Science went to the moon!
Thanks to all the teachers who participated in the event. Thank you for being risk-takers, for coming in early and for your patience through the process. You guys are the best. : ]
It's a slow process, but one that is moving forward! We are using the furniture we have for now, but it's cleared out and able to be a usable space by staff and students. Can't wait until it transforms again. : ]
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