Learning Spaces

My Interview on Education Matters

Chicago public radio studio

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dwayne Olson on the WGTD 91.1 radio program “Education Matters.” It was a great opportunity to talk about virtual learning and libraries. I cannot embed the audio from the interview, but…
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Mediocrity is Expensive

Indoor playground at the Commons in Columbus, Indiana.

“Mediocrity is expensive,” is a phrase attributed to J. Irwin Miller. He was the head of the Cummins Engine Company and the main benefactor who transformed Columbus, Indiana from a small run-of-the-mill midwest town into one of the top 10 architectural hotspots in…
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Virtual Learning & City Buses & Library Spaces

New CT Buses

How does one connect virtual learning, city buses and library spaces? Seems like an odd connection. But as we redefine our learning spaces (physical, digital and virtual), it is important to keep in mind how other things are impacted. The Racine…
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Beautiful Design Can Mask Hidden Flaws

A picture of the upstairs fireplace at Wingspread in Racine

Almost two weeks ago, I visited the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Wind Point, Wisconsin named “Wingspread” (you can visit free of charge). This beautiful home, one that is on the National Register of Historic Places, hides its flawed design…
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Research into Ideal Digital Learning Spaces

A picture of notes and lists

Research conducted on the use of technology and digital learning spaces has told us about practices that produce evidence of student knowledge creation (CAST, 2011; Mitra, Dangwal, Chatterjee, Jha, Bisht, & Kapur 2005; Papert, 1993) beyond using a computer to simply…
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Internet Access is Still Not Ubiquitous

In the past, I have written about the misconception that Internet access is not ubiquitous for many Americans, in particular for those in rural areas. Today, the Pew Research Center released a report outlining the changing landscape of our Internet…
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If space impacts behavior . . .

If space impacts behavior, then how does your student’s digital space impact their behavior? Is it locked down, or can they define it? — James O’Hagan (@jimohagan) March 4, 2015

Why Design of Spaces?

Tonight, I was given a tour of the CNVR in Rockford, Illinois. It is truly an amazing space designed to tell stories. From art studio to public performance to video production to audio recording, this space is setup as the…
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What is an Ideal Digital Space for Students?

I had the pleasure of attending a symposium hosted by David Jakes on the topic of “Classroom Redesign: Creating 21st Century Learning Spaces.” It was a terrific two and a half hours that could have gone two and a half…
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