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Schools in the Digital Age

By Patrick Whitney, John Grimes, and Kevin Denney
This project identifies opportunities to bring about a transformation in the way schools can be planned and organized to best leverage the rapidly developing technical and social contexts of learning. Download the full report (results from the nine-month exploratory seed grant; reframing the problem of digital media in education) and the summary (28 page summary document) of the research at this site.

Published by Illionois Institute of design in 2009

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Technology
Fine Arts
Themes/Keywords: Change
Design
Digital Media
innovation
Schools


Vocabulary
Distruptive innovation, reframing


Essential Question(s)
1. How can schools be designed to engage our students?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What products reach today's students?
2. What designs can you imagine for students in the future?



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pictureSusan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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