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Trapped girls call for help on Facebook – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

I find this article entertaining and distressing at the same time, as it typifies the struggle between technology and culture beautifully.  Two girls, aged 10 and 12, get into trouble, real trouble.  No matter!  In their hot little hands they have their trusty mobile phones.  So how do they use them? 

For those of us born before the web, mobile devices, and other such technologies the answer is simple–dial 911.  But instead, these girls posted their plea for help on Facebook via their phones.  Is that really the lesson we want to be teaching our children?  Its worth pondering for sure…

Computer Awareness Class, circa 2001Based upon some work I did this summer, I had the opportunity to speak with T.H.E. Journal, a technology-focused education journal catering to K-12. The result was an article, called “A Moveable Feast” focusing on learning spaces and how K-12 is reacting to the higher ed trends in learning space design. Diana Oblinger from Educause was also interviewed, putting a nice overall perspective that complimented my up close and personal experience in the classroom. The contrast between my Crestview years and now was a powerful reminder of the feeling of many educators: the learning space is the last on the list of considerations, you make do with what you have. My room was converted from a swimming pool, made of brick, and windowless. They ran raceway for power and data along the walls, and we were not permitted to move anything in the classroom. I had 30 computers, and often up to 35 or more students. I brought in recycled machines from other places (thanks to my friends and donors at the local university) and made it work. I took ownership of the one projector in the building, ran a wire 30 feet across the floor, and did the best I could. The Incubator Classroom begs a different question: how would you like to teach today? Having been constrained in rooms that aren’t much better than mine at Crestview, faculty are flabbergasted by the choices. Its been a fun road getting here.

So what did this classroom look like? Well for your consideration and revelry I dug some up and put them on here for you. Granted they were taken with a digital camera that stored 30 images on a floppy disk, so keep that in mind.

Crestview Middle School Classroom Front Classroom DoorBrain DaySetting up for the first year

Learning Spaces Seminar at Campus Technology

When it rains, it pours! The last few weeks have been On December 11, I had the opportunity to present at Campus Technology’s Winter Conference with some great folks in learning space design. Robert Emery Smith from Stanford, Alan Cattier from Emory, and James Frazee from SDSU presented along with Mary Jo and myself. Its was a great time and we really had fun. I created a page on our website with info: http://ic.sjsu.edu/learningspaces or if you want to read about the session: http://www.campustechnology.com/conference/Winter07/sessionDetails.aspx?section_id=2198. While I prattled on longer than I had wished to, the sheer experience and wisdom assembled in the room made the whole day a great success.