Bikes Instead of Desks?

I’ve been thinking about the L.A. Times article I posted last week about the teacher who shadowed a couple of her students for a day.  My biggest take-away from her reflection is how little movement the students did during the day (aside from going from class to class) and how exhausting it was to sit and sit some more.

The text of this article and especially the photos, led me to wonder how this would work in my classroom – especially the last period, freshmen one where I know they have energy to burn.

Bikes Instead of Desks?

Stationary Bike Desks

In my classroom, perhaps the bikes could power the cords to charge the iPads of the students who raise their hand in class and say: “My iPad is at 2% charge.  What should I do?”  With the bikes, the answer becomes: “Pedal faster!”

 

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Not Your Mother’s Library

The editors of Atlantic Magazine have been traveling around the U.S. and filing stories about notable aspects of the cities and towns visited.

I’m pleased that when they visited my hometown, they featured the remarkable and award-winning public library system.

Not Your Mother’s Library

I found this graphic particularly compelling:

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Caption: “A Word Cloud of how library users described the public library of their youth.”

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Caption: “A Word Cloud of how library users imagined public libraries 20 years from now.”

I think it’s particularly telling that “community,” “technology,” “information,” and “research” are all larger than “books.”