From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments

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Physical environments that impede learning hurt both studentsand teachers, and it's clear that traditional classrooms arefailing to meet the learning needs of many students. The redesignof educational spaces, both physical and virtual, can play animportant role in rectifying this situation.

In this timely and intriguing new book, futurist and educationalconsultant David Thornburg discusses how the old lecture hall, or"campfire" model of education, needs to change in order to ...

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Overview

Physical environments that impede learning hurt both studentsand teachers, and it's clear that traditional classrooms arefailing to meet the learning needs of many students. The redesignof educational spaces, both physical and virtual, can play animportant role in rectifying this situation.

In this timely and intriguing new book, futurist and educationalconsultant David Thornburg discusses how the old lecture hall, or"campfire" model of education, needs to change in order to betterengage students, reach a diverse student population, provideopportunities for project-based learning, and fully integratetechnology. To make classrooms and schools that engage alllearners, it's necessary to create a balance of Campfires (home ofthe lecture), Watering Holes (home to conversations with peers),Caves (places of quiet reflection), and Life (where what we'velearned gets applied).

The ultimate environment that brings together all of thesespaces is the educational Holo- deck, a classroom in whichstudents' rich learning experiences are limited only by their ownimaginations. Whether you are a school administrator interested inredesigning your school or a teacher who wants to prepare betterlessons, From the Campfire to the Holodeck can help byproviding insights on how to boost student engagement, enableproject-based learning, incorporate tech- nology into theclassroom, and encourage student-led learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118633939
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 686,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Thornburg is an award-winning futurist, author, and consultant and the head of the Thornburg Center, a group that focuses on emerging technologies and their impact on learning. In addition to his work with technology, David also consults on the relationship between classroom design and learning.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Prakash Nair vii

About the Author xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 The Problem with Traditional Classrooms 1

2 Campfires 11

3 Watering Holes 17

4 Caves 23

5 Life 31

6 The Challenge of Technology 37

7 Technological Campfires 51

8 Technological Watering Holes 65

9 Technological Caves 77

10 Technological Life Spaces 85

11 Learning on the Holodeck 105

Notes 127

Index 133

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