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Re-Imagine Your Classroom

Remember rearranging your college dorm room at 2am? Don't be afraid to re-imagine physical space, especially when it's tied to a child's education. Isn't that why kids love field trips?
I can see how mobile technology offers more layout options. Hardwired desktops have a limited reach and configuration. Think of ways to combine the two.

I appreciate the way the designers involve students and peers of the teacher, looking for solutions that involve those most impacted and are not just top down decisions. Modeling a collaborative environment in a real world application that has tangible results: excellent example!

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