From the Campfire to the Holodeck. Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments

  • ID: 2542515
  • Book
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for From the Campfire to the Holodeck

"Few people have influenced my thinking over the past thirty years as much as David Thornburg. This terrific new book continues that tradition."

—Gary Stager, Ph.D., executive director, Constructing Modern Knowledge

"David Thornburg provokes us to situate generative technology as a context and catalyst for designing and creating engaged and immersive learning spaces and environments. He offers a transformative learning model—the educational holodeck—for both learning space design and learning itself."

—Stephanie Pace Marshall, founding president and president emerita, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

"From the Campfire to the Holodeck is essential reading for innovative teachers. It opens amazing possibilities for reinventing schools in order to heighten students′ excitement for learning and thirst for knowledge."

—Ray Trotter, principal, Wooranna Park Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

"Thornburg′s learning metaphors have inspired architects and educators across the world designing 21st Century schools and learning environments. In his new book, Thornburg links pedagogy, space, and technology to design the next generation of immersive learning spaces."

—Bob Pearlman, 21st Century School and District Consultant

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Foreword Prakash Nair vii

About the Author xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 The Problem with Traditional Classrooms 1

2 Campfires 11

3 Watering Holes 17

4 Caves 23

5 Life 31

6 The Challenge of Technology 37

7 Technological Campfires 51

8 Technological Watering Holes 65

9 Technological Caves 77

10 Technological Life Spaces 85

11 Learning on the Holodeck 105

Notes 127

Index 133

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David Thornburg is an award–winning futurist, author, and consultant and the head of the Thornburg Center, a group that focuses on emerging technologies and their impact on learning. In addition to his work with technology, David also consults on the relationship between classroom design and learning.

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