“I love coming in here now,” said Broz as she looked over the new learning space.
“I feel more involved and like I have more opportunity to create things because of all the cool things we have in this space now and it’s not just a regular library. You are not coming here to study, you are here to create something,” she said.
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The teen said she was “overwhelmed” by school officials involving her in the redesign process.
“I was surprised to be able to put my ideas into action,” Broz said.
She picked green paint for some walls because she learned through her studies the color promotes relaxation.
Broz chose blue for other walls because “it makes you think outside of the box.”
Krista Heidenreich, director of digital and professional learning for Lakota Schools, said was happy to have the teen’s help.
The innovation hubs meld into Lakota’s recent and historic experiment of giving Chromebook laptops to all secondary school students, said Heidenreich.
The mobile learning devices allow students to take and share their work in group projects from classrooms to their schools’ new, spacious innovation hubs.
“Things they are learning in class, they can take it here and take it a step further and spend more time working with their peers,” said Heidenreich.
Betsy Fuller, spokeswoman for Lakota Schools, said the switching of school media centers into learning hubs rarely involves major, structural re-construction and is paid for from the district’s permanent improvement fund.
“We did the freshman schools and high schools over winter break,” said Fuller.
With the new, portable Chromebooks students in the hubs “have access to research and information at their fingertips now.”