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Using the Physical Commons for Design Thinking

Design Thinking in the Classroom: From Ideas to Practices.

This blog post is about changing units of instruction to make them more engaging to students. These interactive and collaborative units are called “Design Thinking”. “Design thinking is used to solve design challenges, or units of study structured around real world problems linked with interdisciplinary academic studies”(2014). The units are broken into five parts that include Gather, Glean, Generate, Gauge and Go.  The blog describes each of these stages. Students collaborate all the way through the project and end up with a product that has real world applications.

While this blog post is geared toward classroom teachers, teacher librarians would find the information useful. These units would benefit from the collaboration with a teacher librarian. Students need a place to gather to brainstorm their assignment and the physical learning commons would be the perfect place. A virtual learning commons would allow them to gather their information in one place, for all to share.

Ott, L. & White, E. Design thinking in the classroom: From ideas to practice. Part I. P21Blogazine. Partnership for 21st Century Skills, April 24, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/news-events/p21blog/1403-design-thinking-in-the-classroom-from-ideas-to-practice-part-i

Jana Reveles, LIBR 233, Spring 2014

Moveable shelves

As part of the gradual adoption of e-books, in conjunction with the rise of online reference sources, the library will require less shelf space. Having built-in shelving only against walls (where once were counters with desktops) and mobile shelving for the center or acting as islands will allow the library physical space to change easily and be re-configured. Laptops and tablets can be used at tables. All of the furniture could be stacked and put aside to make a performance space or increase capacity (author’s night, theater).

Instead of access to shelves, the access will be to digital content. In this capacity, the library functions as an environment that must be conducive to receiving electronic data (wifi-enabled, useful and well-considered educational programs and apps). Keeping the shelving portable gives new dimension to a remodeled space.

-Jono Jones

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