Be Playful is a collaborative design studio empowered by the wisdom of play and focused on changing the way we learn. Focus: school planning/design/architecture, emerging technology, professional development, and strategic visioning.
Prototype Design Camp supports passionate and creative 11th and 12th graders re-designing the future of learning. This innovative three day design camp held at the annual Ohio Educational Technology Conference (Columbus, OH) will bring together a diverse range of talented students and professional mentors to collaborate in an intense design challenge to address real-world problems presented by conference attendees, global partners, and the digital world. From Monday, January 31 to Wednesday, February 2, 2010, student teams will go through a process of asking questions related to the future of learning. From there, they will concentrate on brainstorming diverse solutions, designing and prototyping tangible examples, and presenting recommendations to a jury of experts. Prototype participants work will be shared with over 6,000 Ohio Educational Technology Conference attendees and a global network of educators, technology experts, and designers.
Christian Long is a school planner, technology expert, passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, and educator. Additionally, he speaks nationally and internationally on topics ranging from emerging trends in education, 21st century technology and social media, and innovative school planning practices.
Before founding Be Playful, Christian taught/coached at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX, held the position of President/CEO of DesignShare, an international research and consulting practice dedicated to the school architecture/planning industry, and was the Director of Research for Learning Environments for Huckabee, a K-12 architecture firm based in Texas.
Currently, he is co-authoring a book with Chris Lehmann, founder/principal of Science Leadership Academy, with a focus on the design of School 2.0. He is also the lead organizer/curator for TEDxBloomington (theme: "The Wisdom of Play") and serves as a member of both CEFPI's World Conference / San Jose planning team and CEFPI's Innovation planning team. He also is the founder/curator for TEDxClassroomProject (soon to be a case study on TED.com) and the creator of the Alice Project (a HS student blogging project focused on Alice/Wonderland). Additionally, he is serving as a member of the jury for the American Institute of Architects | Committee for Architecture in Education Educational Facility Design Awards Program.
Christian holds a masters degree in education, with a concentration in school design, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was also a member of Bostons Codman Academy planning team serving under founder Meg Campbell. Additionally, he received a bachelors degree in English and a certificate of secondary education from Indiana University (Bloomington), was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow for emerging school leaders at Teachers College, Columbia University, and participated in extended professional development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Beyond his work in the school design industry, he spent more than a decade as an educator, coach, program director, and experiential education leader in the US, as well as an educator in Tokyo, Japan and on the Navajo Reservation (New Mexico). He also authored and directed an innovative architecture, design, and planning program for urban high school students in Washington D.C. and was a volunteer educator at the National Building Museum.
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