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Creativity Counts

ICAD 5 0f 61 (Flickr) by Teresa Robinson under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Generic License I was fortunate to listen to Dr. Keith Sawyer speak recently at the IDEAS 2016 Conference, co-sponsored by the Werklund School of Education, University of … Continue reading

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Designing for Collaboration

globe-lights (Flickr) by ptwo under a Creative Commons Attribution Generic License In reading “The Social and Interactive Dimensions of Collaborative Learning” (Miyake & Kirschner, 2014) it was no surprise to see the authors state, “It is as though the social … Continue reading

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Building Abstract Understanding Concretely

The students work in pairs to “build” the town of Canmore. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tinkering

  Bubbles (Flickr)  by Dominique Cappronnier under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Generic Licence As part of the move to a learning commons, we have set aside space on the mezzanine for tinkering. There is a big buzz in education circles about tinkering, … Continue reading

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Ideas on Innovation

I just finished reading Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, by Tony Wagner. His book is one of several, guiding our thinking in the creation of a primary school learning commons. Though a good … Continue reading

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Designing Spaces: Writable Surfaces

We have incorporated some writable surfaces in our new space. It will be interesting to see how young children use them to communicate their ideas. As Doorley & Witthoft suggest, “Install dry erase surfaces all over the place to create … Continue reading

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Designing Spaces: Flexible Soft Seating

“Instead of designing for users, think also of designing for designers” (Doorley & Witthoft, p.236). We want students to be active designers of spaces based on the learning task given them. And, for a while now, we have wanted to add some soft seating … Continue reading

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