Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What Would I Hack? #edchat

I'm having my students write about this on their blog. I have found amazing writing prompts on Visual Writing Prompts that I can't wait to share with my students. Thanks to John T Spencer for sharing this one. What would you hack if you could?

From John T Spencer from here

On your blog, please answer the following question. Please make sure that you create a title for your post before you publish it.

For me, the part of school I would most like to hack woud have to be the learning spaces. I know that we are in this beautiful, but old, building, but I would love to have more room for my students to spread out and learn in different ways. Having desks in a row facing the teacher is an antiquated approach to education that needs to be left by the roadside. Learning spaces are so important as schools look to change the way instruction is delivered to students. Tables and comfy chairs are needed to allow students the ability get comfortable and collaborate.

I would also love to change the library as well. It needs to be a more fluid learning space where students can sit and work on their laptop and read quietly in a corner. Our library is heading in that direction and that gets me very excited. The room consuming labs need to be done away with and 1:1 computing needs to replace them so this room can be used for collaboration by students AND staff.

There are certain aspects of where we study and do homework that could be valuable additions to the learning environments of school. I think it is the best place to start hacking.


  1. Thanks for the kind words.

    I'm with you on the learning spaces. I would love to hack those.

  2. Love this as a prompt. I'm going to use it with my Visual Design course later in the year. I usually ask them to create something that alters a specific space in the school. Now we can open this discussion up a bit more about how those spaces are impacting them as learners and as people. I think the language of hacking will get some of them more interested in this idea.


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