Redesigning a school's learning spaces. Crafting collaborative places. School designs from around the globe My journey for understanding the transactional relationship between the learner and the learning environment began when I walked into a first and second grade public school as a teacher’s assistant in East Harlem, New York City.
This classroom was different from anything I had ever experienced; for, it was not a room with rows of seats facing a blackboard, rather it had been organised with a variety of activity settings (Tharp & Gallimore, 1997). These settings were defined zones where learners were engaged with others as they read, constructed objects, painted, built with blocks, explored the world of science, or were involved in dramatic play.
Given that these activity settings were located along the perimeter of the room, the centre became what I call the 'spaces-in-between'. It was a buffer between, yet it connected the different zones and, when needed, served as a meeting area for the entire class. Why collaborative spaces? References Lippman, P. Crafting collaborative places. Learning Space Design. Redesigning your Learning Spaces: How Mobile Technology Demands a New Classroom – from Jen Carey. Jen Carey is LIVE blogging for us from the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA.
You can also find these posts on her site – indianajen.com. Concurrent Session #2 – Redesigning your Learning Spaces: How Mobile Technology Demands a New Classroom – Don Orth, Director of Technology at Hillbrook School, Christa Flores, MS Science & iLab Director, Tim Springer, Founder & President Hero, Inc. What should classrooms (physically) look like with the learning that is happening now? The Hillbrook School is hosting an iPad School 2.0 Summit this summer. Big Picture questions: Where do you go to be creative? Don played a short video of Tim Springer that highlights our need as educators to be adaptive and flexible. When Hillbrook adopted iPad, what they found is that it shifted the learning environment. Instead of a computer lab, Hillbrook has a multimedia lab or, what they term, an iLab (Idea Lab). The primary focus here is student directed learning and allowing students to own their experience.
8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom. Editor's Note: Author David Bill is a designer and educator who consulted with The Third Teacher+ on the Remake Your Class project highlighted in the videos below.
The tips in this post go along with the companion video. We are excited by the simplicity (and low price tag!) Of this great redesign. Hope you'll share any of your own tips in the comments area below. If you're thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process. 1. Students are your primary users and should be at the center of such a remake process.
Create Visual Inspiration Ask parents, colleagues or friends to donate a variety of appropriate magazines. Digitally, you can utilize Pinterest as a way for to create a "board" of inspiration. Students Define Pain Points 10x10x10 Student Helpers 2. Word Association.