D3 in my classroom

Enrique Gonzalez says that we need to Dream it, Design it and Do it.  His D3 Lab in Nightingale School in Los Angeles is a model for transforming schools into community centers of learning.
Enrique invites other people to try this important step:  

1.  Look at the NightingaleInitiative.pdf (it is a download because it is 23 megabytes)
3.  Send him an email with questions.  Let's start a dialog
An email from Enrique:

The Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles are collaborating to provide students with the opportunity to turn their ideas into action. The D3 Lab (Dream It, Design It, Do It) is more than just a physical space at the school. It represents an approach to learning where students explore their interests, work with adults to define and refine their project ideas based on proven design principles, and then implement their ideas in the school or larger community. Programs take place during school, after school,  in classrooms, in outdoor spaces, in the community, and in the D3 Lab itself.

The D3 Lab is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action. Student-driven D3 Lab programs lead to transformative learning experiences, and greater and more meaningful participation in school and in the community. 

-In Los Angeles: http://newlearninginstitute.org/content/nli-frida-kahlo-high-school 


So I asked myself, "How can we use D3 in my high school classroom?"
This page will document parts of the work.

Dream it
1.  CONTENT:  Contact my students to ask them "What do you want to learn?"
2.  SPACE:  How will we use the space?  Should we plan on moving the desks around?
3.  PEOPLE:  Whom will we invite into the space?
4.  PORTFOLIOS:  We want places for students to build their work.
5.  CLOUD:  Can we put the projects in virtual space?
6.  INSPIRATION:  How will we make the room different each day?
7.  MEMORY:  How will we remember what we did, what the room looked like?  Will we have a common blog where we can post items?   Maybe a location on Facebook?

Design it
1.  CONTENT:  create locations for magazines and newspapers.  
2.  SPACE:  quotations on walls
3.  PEOPLE:  Skype will mean clocks or a chart to convert our time into the time in other parts of the world.
4.  SPACE FOR PORTFOLIOS:  Where will we store the portfolios?
5.  CLOUD:  We need to design the right place for storage in the cloud.
6.  INSPIRATION:  Can we put up new quotes and posters each day?
7.  MEMORY:  Find a place for Memories ... let's build the "DAILY BOOK" or JOURNAL with entries every hour or half-hour.   Every 15 minutes!    If it is worth remembering 4 months from now, then it is worth spending two minutes to write what we just learned.   How do we publish this journal?  
Make a blog?  
Keep it active?  
How do we catagorize the entries?

Do it
That's the next step.  Watch this space and we'll show you parts of what we did.

to get your copy of the D3 Lab report (23 megabytes with nice photos), click on this link

That's how to design a school -- start with the expectations and dreams of the students.

Potenital partners:  
U.S. teenagers in the school, 
students who can skype in.  

There are dozens of people who want to participate by Skype in our English classes.  
The best way to use skype
a) FIRST use Youtube.  Post lessons online.
b) THEN call international students in other coutnries to ask, "What did you learn from that lecture?  What are your questions?"

We don't want Skype to be about "What is the weather today?  What time is it in your city?"


It's so secret, it doesn't have a profile photo...   ooooooo...