July 30, 2014
#ETTSummit Live Blog: Martin Moran – Celebrating the Wonderful Mess from Beth Holland
"Redesign is a professional development experience." Begins Martin. We actually began the session with an 8 minute design activity. First, we brainstormed how to capture our conference learning. Then we designed professional development with unlimited access and budget. "Redesign is a Community Experience." It's not about a small group making decisions but about an entire community coming together to determine what's best for the school "Redesign isn't about a single space." At Francis Parker, they started with 1 computer lab. However, they realized that it's about the process and not the space itself. "Learning Spaces aren't just about physical spaces." Martin says that it can be the library, classroom, hallways, labs as well as the digital spaces. Have to be able to trans-navigate these spaces for the learning to exponentially grow.
"Don't create Maker Spaces, create Maker Schools."Space shouldn't be about separation but about inclusion. We have "ghettoized" computer labs where they are single spaces that teachers and classes go to. Instead, of making better computer labs, Martin challenges to make better computer teachers. If we make individual spaces, then they become fads vs authentic learning spaces. Ultimately, the question is about school culture.
Culture eats strategy for breakfast. - Peter DruckerGreat ideas can be ruined if we don't anticipate the impact that it can have on school culture. If a school doesn't know who they are, then can't put something together that will work. "Many an administration has been felled by a lack of understanding of their human resources." Warns Martin. We have to start with the WHY.
TIDES FrameworkMartin's school is using his to guide their motion forward.
- Design Thinking
- Entrepreneurship (for)
SpaceThey first started looking at the computer lab and library. The former was an enormous waste of space with expensive computers that were more than what students needed, and the latter was configured in a way that was uninviting to learning. Essentially, it created a space that no one wanted to enter. To begin, they asked What might be possible? They looked the library and asked, "what could we do with that?" Instead of tasking the new librarian and a few others with the redesign, then it didn't make anyone a stakeholder. Instead, it created a privileged group rather than a community. For inspiration, they looked to the Stanford Design School. In particular, they liked the iterative process. When they redesigned the computer lab, they created a space that could go from orderly to messy, from individualized to collaborative, completely mobile, and utterly flexible. The keys to redesigning a space are Adaptability and Agility. Ultimately, the less a space is defined by what is in it, the better. The space is about learning and not about the objects inside.
Steps to RedesignThey used the process from the Stanford D-School to guide their thinking.
Step 1 - LearningTeachers used Social Media, School Visits, Non-School Visits, and Google Hangouts to explore what is possible. One of the great places that Martin visited was Nuvu Studio in Massachusetts. It's an old loft where students come in for 3-6 week sessions to work on a project from 9-3. Other great spaces are 1871 in Chicago (incredible co-working spaces) as well as Next-Door Cafe (a chain of cafes with unique work spaces). They also had to use a combination of observations and interviews to determine the needs of spaces.
- DON'T ASK - what should this space look like?
- DO ASK - tell me a story about how you have used this space in the past, what did it feel like when______, what's your favorite room in the school and why?