[Activity 4] Visit a Learning Space


I love this assignment. It is based on a simple folded book project
devised by Darwin Nordin, a Seattle Teaching Artist. It is simple to the extreme but student come
up with all sorts of variations and interesting approach. Like Darwin, I use it
as an introductions to my approach to art education. When they place the finished “books” on the table and look at them someone always says “They are all different!” and that is where the conversation starts.

Below are videos of Darwin demo-ing this project.


At school we have a wonderful sandpit area. This is an area of collaboration, creativity, individual play and problem solving. Children love it and often begin working as individuals then forming into groups working on projects and creations. The space is normally not set up in any particular way other than a container of toys and equipment (buckets, spades, sieves etc ). Students will often watch and observe others creations which may, at times develop into a whole sandpit activity of forming rivers and bridges etc. This is normally totally student directed. It is a great place to simply observe interactions and students.
image This is not our sandpit but it is very similar to ours.



Bueno al comienzo no fue fácil ya que los chicos no se conocían, pero después de la segunda semana el animo de los chicos por aprender y ver que estaban aprendiendo cosa nueva fue enorme y ya ellos mismos formaban sus pares, y trabajan muy bien en equipo.
Creo que la difilcultad mas grande era mantenerlos animados y emocionado para que se interezaran por lo que estaban descubriendo y pues para mi guiarlos en ese camino fue muy provechoso uno aprende tanto de sus intereses y como recocer eso que los motiva.
El contacto con club hause lo mantengo actualmente estoy desarrollando plan de robotica colegio privado, mantengo los viernes libres asi que la idea es seguir de tutora voluntaria durante los viernes y de este modo brindar mis conocimientos a estos chicos y ayudarlos a desarrollar su verdadero potencia.


“We need to embrace the idea that learning and learning spaces are everywhere and that everyone is a learner and an educator.”~ well said!!:heart_eyes::heart_eyes:


I visited Possibility Studios, a two-year-old maker space in Kingston, NY. Space is set up in an arrangement that does not encourage much collaboration. The machine tools are in separate rooms away from tables where people assemble projects. Formal meeting spaces were located in another room separated by doors. The intent may be to keep meetings away from the noise in the fabrication rooms. The studio would have more possibility as a community space with a computer clubhouse style make-over. I would bring the meeting table out to the middle of the machine shop floor. The individual work tables could be put together to face each other, so people could see what everyone was working on. This would keep conversations going and promote collaboration.PossibilityStudios


Hello Everyone,

I am a Professor in an Electrical Engineering course in South Brasil. I would like to show how I transform the boring traditional classroom space in a collaborative one. I used to use active methods in class, since I must adapt the traditional space to a better one.

Well, let’s go.


In first pic you can verify the traditional space. Even the students have a kind of bad posture.


In second picture you can verify the same students in a different configuration and with other motivation learning doing something that interests them. They are concentrated in the task, in consequence they learn more.

That is my way to try an improvement in education.



What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I think opportunities like these should/could be done more often in communities. And I love how strangers can bond over creating new ‘things’ together. Also like the pop-up nature of this; good reminder for thinking about future ventures I might want to launch. Kudos to you and team!


Another day I had the chance to visit the maker space at CTJ - Casa Thomas Jefferson (, an english school located in Brasília, Brazil.
It is a wonderful space with all sorts of resources needed for creative learning. The facilitators are very helpful and have lots of passion about what they are doing.
It makes me think about all the challenges and efforts needed to build spaces like that in public school for low income popilation.


I chose YouTube, because it’s my favorite online learning space. Whenever I want to learn about a concept, explore different ways to express or explain that concept, how to do or make something, or browse things I may want to make or learn, YouTube is the first place I go. The first page of YouTube is easy to navigate, with just an array of videos arranged by category with nice thumbnail pictures.

The range of expertise runs from Just-Tried-It-Newbies to Ph.D Experts, and I like that. It’s the “low floor and high ceilings” talked about in the reading. The comments sections allow people to comment, which is sometimes annoying when people are mean, but often is useful with pertinent links. I also like how makers of videos link on the side to THEIR favorite or related YouTubers, which I often like too. It’s surprising how many people like to explain how to do things! I wouldn’t have guessed that before YouTube.

With YouTube, I feel like I have the power to learn how to do anything, or just enjoy looking at other people making things that I’ll probably never make. When I started learning ukulele, there were hundreds of people to help me learn whatever I needed to know. My daughter finds new things to do that neither of us had ever heard of that now she likes, like tiny cooking (where people use miniature cooking equipment to make miniature dishes out of real food.)

All ages, all organization levels, individuals to corporations, neophytes to experts are all represented, and you can see where you are in that spectrum, as well as see any path forward. I love it!


Stack Overflow is the world’s largest and most trusted community of software developers. The site is predominately a forum with comment upvoting.

“Each month, over 50 million developers come to Stack Overflow to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.” When I first learned to code I was told the maxim: if I encounter an error, I will find the answer on StackOverflow. How and why is StackOverflow such a premier learning resource for developers?

Their 2018 Developer Survey Results had a sample of +100,000 and found:

Some developers come to Stack Overflow only to find answers to their questions, while others participate in the community by asking, answering, voting for, or commenting on questions. Developers visit Stack Overflow at least a few times per week, with over half visiting every day.

Over 40% participate on Stack Overflow a few times per month or more often. 90% find solutions that solve their coding problems multiple times a month, and half of them find code snippets they can incorporate directly into their own work. Over 80% rely on Stack Overflow “Question & Answer” when learning something new.

Overall 70% agree or strongly agree that they feel a sense of connection with other developers. This is only possible thanks to the many hundreds of thousands of developers who generously share their knowledge on Stack Overflow.


EN - The learning environment of my sons choice is at home. He always tells me that he learns so much more, interesting and useful things at home than at school. And I’m just doing my own daily tasks and hobbies. For example planting plants in the garden. I’m busy and inspire him. He gets involved. Doing what I do, but in his own way. He can choose to get involved (or not), he can choose what he wants to do (and what not). I tell him why I do what I do. He’s learning by doing.

NL - De leeromgeving die ik heb gekozen is die bij mij thuis. Mijn jongste zoontje zegt altijd dat hij thuis zoveel meer, interessantere en nuttigere dingen leert dan op school. En dat terwijl ik mijn gewone dagelijkse huishoudelijke taken en hobby’s doe. Bijvoorbeeld plantjes zetten in de tuin. Ik ben het voorbeeld en zijn inspiratie. Hij mag dan meedoen, praktische vaardigheden opdoen. Hij mag het op zijn eigen manier proberen, hij mag zelf kiezen of hij meedoet, wat hij meedoet. Ik vertel waarom ik doe wat ik doe. Zo leert hij door te doen.



Nursery school classroom (2 years old class).A classroom is designed so that a small group of children can play in groups.The work is attached to the wall of the classroom so that everyone can see it.