Day 8: Dreaming about Music & Media by @TeacherCast & @bassjen1 #12DOD
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Dreaming about the Library:
Reimagining the Schools Digital Hub
I have often thought, "If I could design a school, how would I design it?" This isn't a very easy task. There are many things to consider. First, you would have to find a great location. The layout of the school grounds would include various sporting fields and space for additional out-door activities. The school building (itself) would be designed to accommodate thousands of learners. Second, there needs to be strong leadership that not only had an eye on the future, but a humble mind to learn from both the present and the past. Lastly, I would build this amazing establishment with several underground tunnels and passageways leading to the worlds greatest cultural establishments so students can take a field trip at any moments notice.
At the heart of this dream is the buildings particular shape and structure. This building would have to have a common meeting area for both students and staff to meet, work, and function in a collaborative space. In the perfect school, this centralized location would be the Media Center.
I have often spoken and wrote about the concept of a Media Center. I firmly believe that there needs to be a distinction in schools between a Media Center and a Library. A Library is a place for books. It is concept as old as the books themselves. It is a place for students to sit down with physical materials, put their thoughts on paper and learn. It is a one-way place for knowledge. For more than 100 years, students have entered libraries to take knowledge away from pieces of paper that have all the answers in the world. The Media Center, however, is a place for students to sit down and not only gain knowledge, but share it as well.
Students live in a world of Web 2.0. These small but important words are often pushed around the social media markets like they are nothing, but in reality, they mean EVERYTHING to society and to education. Web 2.0 as a concept gives students and educators the ability to do something they could never do in a Library. They have the ability to teach the book something it didn't already know. This concept is far overlooked as an educational option these days. This Interactivity between content curation and content creation would be the pinnacle reason behind making the Media Center the largest social space in my dream building.
Each Media Center would be outfitted in a similar fashion to the way an Apple Store currently is set up. An open floor plan where students entering the space can have a panoramic view of everything that the room has to offer. In the middle, would be a series of tables, each with a tablet device where students can access a complete catalog of the Media Centers Resources. Against the walls would be flat panel internet video screens where students would be able to approach and control by voice manipulation. Other stations would be equipped with audio and video editing stations. The Media Center would become the Digital Hub, Social Hub, and Educational Hub, not just for the school, but for the entire community. Students would be able to create content, and with a push of a button, upload it for the entire district to view and learn from. This model would completely revolutionize the concept of a "flipped classroom."
Is this a possibility or an improbability? I hope this question never guests answered. I hope that the day never comes where we have to question the desire for technological progress and collaboration power between staff and students, and school and community. In the mean time, I will continue dreaming and pushing forward with these dreams hoping to one day make them a reality.
I'm curious to know what you think? What would your dream Educational Hub be in your school?
Dreaming about My Ideal Music Classroom