Well, I tried!!
Here is the Twitter feed attempt:
In the end two sessions were held with teachers from elsewhere who could not make the same time and place. I have blogged about this here: http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/msimkin/2014/09/14/testdrive-for-creative-coffee/.
The process was altered somewhat for the session held at school. This was an event advertised on the school wide learning management system which has bulletin boards in all areas, and by email and face to face invitations to teaching and administrative staff. Of the adult attendees most are not regular library users, and in one case, a participant had not been into the space for about 8 years.
I began with a reading from Imagine a Place by Sarah L Thomson, paintings by Rob Gonsalves.
imagine a place….
….where words shelter you,
ideas uphold you, and
thoughts lead you
to the secret
inside the labyrinth (pages 19 – 20)
This gave a broader framework for the conversations and brainstorming that followed than I had allowed for my other participants on the Friday. Conversations were broad and enthusiastic – and quite hard for the online attendees to hear. They used their time for a “chat room” discussion of their own – and from which I saw my space through other eyes! (Thanks so much for the input Deb and Liz) here is a record of their chat:
I’m finding it hard to hear what the students are saying I’m catching phrases here & there but not at lot
Me too. I did hear one of them mention a fountain!
Lost the sound
The joys of trying out different tech.
Lovely to have a view into another school though
love the flags – full sized hanging in the library
We have someone taking Zumba outside – Mental Health week
I asked my Yr 8 students this morning for ideas about what they would change about their classroom & got some interesting answers –
they want single desks (allows for re-arranging)
There’s a lot of natural light in your Library Margaret!
*re-arranging; laptops &other devices; bigger classrooms (we are a loud group when we get going); they want to listen to music; able to go into the breakout spaces in the library more often; more comfortable furniture; make the classroom brighter; different colours on the wall
The feedback is teachers and students like our library, but think it can be too noisy.
the bright colours on the wall idea that my students came up with this morning was one that I wanted to see if Margaret’s school would change as well. Thought it was rather an interesting idea
Margaret – were they drawing ideas or writing them?
Some common themes were largely space related and in terms of practicality not really feasible while others can probably be implemented immediately.
Not so feasible:
folio sized shelving
large work desks
On the new bucket list:
student art/achievements work on display
student made book ends
On the “I wish” list
author/artist in residence
Short term wishes – some in train:
new blinds (over the summer?)
fresh paint/light colours
bean bags/floor cushions
lap top lockers/charging
tablet trolley (but could do with more)
Unlikely or further down the track:
A segment of the discussion on vimeo.
Given that the Twitter feed did not result in any other take up, the overall end result was enlightening and a great way to review our situation. The concept of examining a redesign of our library experience is looking good. The Creative Coffee enabled brainstorming by Tim Brown’s rules allowing participants and Library staff the opportunity to tell a new story (Brown, 2009 p138-139)
Brown, T. (2009). Change by Design How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. New York: Harper Collins.
I have visited the following blogs and posted a comment (and will possibly comment on more):
http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/jdtchicago/2014/09/15/creative-coffee-morning/#comment-19 James Thomas
http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/lisa/2014/09/14/creative-coffee-morning/#comment-23 Lisa Plenty
http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/plee4/2014/09/13/creative-drinks-afternoon/ Patricia Lee
http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/jesoods5/2014/09/13/task-5-coffee-chat/ Heather Jesuadian