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Earl Center Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.| Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
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What is the Earl Center?

The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation supports the academic and professional experience of the Wheelock community and serves as a resource for current and future educators, social workers, and child life professionals within Wheelock and across Boston. Together with the Library, we provide a rich, well-rounded set of resources for both research and practice.

Laptops and iPads available!

Not seeing enough computers?  That's because the Earl Center lends out Macbook Airs and iPads!  With the ready availability of outlets, you can get your work (or gaming!) done in many areas of the Earl Center. 

Interactive Touchscreen

It is not only young children who can learn through meaningful hands-on experiences, like touching. 

The Third Space

Colorful area rugs and soft furniture make this space a very informal and relaxed area to meet, study, and do small group work.

The Importance of Play

The Earl Center is a place to learn about and develop hands-on learning activities and to explore new educational materials and technologies.

A Center for Design Thinking

The Earl Center encourages a human-centered approach for finding creative solutions and developing new and innovative ideas.  Contact us for help setting up a design thinking exercise! 

Hawkins Exhibit

Exhibit on Display October 1 - November 14, 2015

Wheelock College will host "Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins," an exhibit of the David and Francis Hawkins' work.  "Through text and photos, educators, and community members, [will] discover curiosity-based learning and integrate the Hawkins concepts in their own experiences."[1]  

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Featured Item: 3D Doodler

The 3D Doodler is a 3D pen. Similar to a 3D Printer, the 3Doodler extrudes melted plastic filament that cools almost instantly to form a solid structure. It allows the user to make three-dimensional objects the way you want it to personally look. In effect, you "write" what you want to make in three dimensional space. Start on the ground and slowly work your way upwards, creating masks, statues, and anything else that comes to mind. Think, create, 3D Doodler it!

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Boston Harbor Islands

Georges_Island_and_Fort_Warren_in_Boston_HarborIf you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer or are just looking for a fun trip before we all get snowed in again, think about taking trip to the Boston Harbor Islands!  Not all of the islands are open to the public year-round.  At this time of the year, Continue Reading

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Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Mare Parker O'Toole
Assistant Director, Earl Center for Learning & Innovation

Wheelock College Library
132 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215