The canvas is being prepared #naisac

1 03 2017

I arrived on-site today and have started to get things ready for the big build tomorrow. I am always amazed at how fast things come together in a little over 24 hours. Few get to see the conference center before it is ready to open. Here is the canvas were we will build out the NAIS MakerSpace. Here is the place where we will hear and share visions for the future. Here is the place where you will gather and network. All you have to do now is wait a day more and it all kicks off.



2250 sq ft NAISAC MakerSpace!

26 02 2017

What will you see and be able to do in this 2250 square foot NAIS MakerSpace? Drop by the exhibit hall and check out the excitement. Come and explore an independent school makerspace gallery, student projects, maker activities and tools found in makerspaces across the country. You can also take time out of your day to engage with one of the maker ambassadors and create something of your own. Can you imagine what this space might look like? In only a few more days, you won’t have to imagine. You can simply visit the NAISAC MakerSpace in the Exhibit Hall and see for yourself.

MakerSpace Hours

  • Thursday, March 2, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 3, 7:00 AM – 3:15 PM


Plan to Visit NAISAC MakerSpace

25 02 2017

This year we have 6 schools and 2 501.3c MakerSpaces working together to create a dynamic and engaging experience at the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference in Baltimore Maryland. Make sure you take time to come by and explore the space. Feel free to visit often and even engage in some making of your own! There will be lots of activities and fun for everyone. You can find us in the Exhibit Hall during these hours:

Thursday, March 2, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday, March 3, 7:00 AM – 3:15 PM

To help you navigate to our slice of paradise…


Innovative Learning Spaces

3 03 2016

I will be adding to this collection as I come across more content.

Books and Resources

Gallery of Innovation

This is a gallery of learning spaces collected from my travels and targeted searches of the Internet.

Stuart Hall & Convent of the Sacred Heart (San Francisco) A collection of photos from various learning spaces at Stuart Hall & Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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  • Carnegie Mellon Design: This site contains images of many of their design spaces within the school.
  • Blog Post by Master’s Student studying pedagogy and learning space design. There are many images here of different spaces.
  • High Tech High School, San Diego. This is a blog post with photos by someone from Purdue Polytechnic who visited.
  • Work spaces at Lumosity office. Here, each of the workspaces listed are open spaces that can be used by anyone and they range from conference rooms, to quite libraries to open common spaces. Where do you want to work today?

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The power of the press trumped by the Internet

16 02 2016

free papers

Now this is very interesting. I know that I will not publish with journals that charge the authors for publication. I believe that model creates a bad filter on the dissemination of knowledge. Those who can afford to pay get published.Research that makes the public comes from those with the funding.That model always sounded like paying a ransom to release knowledge.

Again, new models, needs, and abilities facilitated by advances in technology are challenging old world models. It will be interesting to see where this goes. To a large degree, the metrics of the academic world support the old model while members of the academic and global community would benefit from a new model with more open flow and access. Now, I am not saying this is the answer but it is possible that traditional publishing houses may have outgrown their usefulness in this modern connected world. Here is to watching the world evolve.


Connecting Knowledge through Experiential Education at Greenhill: The History and Science of Our First National Park

9 02 2015

In the Classroom

By Chris Bigenho, Director of Instructional Technology

Take a stroll through any major university and you can find great halls and facilities dedicated to the teaching of specific disciplines. K-12 schools start to look that way as you move through the upper grades. You can find classrooms where the beauty of mathematics is shared with students. English and History is learned in their respective pods while Science and Art have their own buildings. In many cases, this is necessary because of the nature of the materials used within the teaching of these disciplines. However, one effect that stems from this physical segmenting of the distribution and manipulation of knowledge is the creation of knowledge silos where discipline specific problems are addressed.

These knowledge silos bear little resemblance to how we naturally learn and how the world works. Most of the world’s problems do not have answers that reside in any…

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Computer Science and the Birth of a New Core Literacy- Part 1

29 06 2014

Sitting in a session on the value of computational thinking. It seems we may be birds of a feather. Here is a post that I wrote back in January that looks at the possibility that Computer Science is a new core literacy. What are your thoughts?

Life in the Renaissance

A series of interactions, experiences and recursive reflections serve as the stimulas for this latest entry- How and when is a new literacy born? Like the birth of a star, I believe we notice new core literacies long after their initial birth often discovering their significance far removed from their initial impact on society.

There has been a lot of press lately about the need to teach computer programming or “coding’ is schools today. From “A Day of Code” to Code Academy to the potpourri of news stories and opportunities all extolling the virtues of “coding”. While not a new concept, there is even a resurgence of conversation about how learning a computer programming language can replace the requirement of learning a world language.

I am a fan of “coding” but feel that all of the conversation about coding really misses the point. We should really be discussing the idea…

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