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From the Campfire to the Holodeck: How Place Matters in Education

, Thornburg Center, United States


In the 1990's, the presenter published a book in which he described four learning spaces occupied by all learners during their studies: the Campfire (lecture space), Watering hole (collaborative space), Cave (reflective space), and Life (application space). This updated presentation explores the powerful role physical and virtual spaces can have on education, with a special focus on educational tedchnologies. One environment that embodies all four of these spaces is the Educational Holodeck, and demonstrations of this environment will be provided illustrating the exploration of academic topics through, for example, space exploration.


Thornburg, D. (2014). From the Campfire to the Holodeck: How Place Matters in Education. In C. Crawford, D. Willis, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price & R. Weber (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014. Jacksonville, FL: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 23, 2019 from .