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Wanna Improve Education? Demolish the Classrooms

Wanna Improve Education? Demolish the Classrooms
"Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance." —T.H. White, The Once and Future King Who removed the classrooms? 3XN, an architectural firm based in Copenhagen, responded to the government's vision by creating a radically different learning environment for Ørestad College. 3XN's design for Ørestad College is a novel interpretation of agility and openness where the architecture complies with the pedagogy of individualized and interdisciplinary learning. In designing for teaching and learning, I am continually asking myself the following questions: 1. Well, I've found the answer—Ørestad College. For more of our coverage of 3XN's work, click here. For more images of the school, check out Dezeen. [All images © Adam Mørk / 3XN]

Colorful and Appealing Student Library in Melbourne by dKO Architecture As part of the Australian Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution, dKO Architecture was commissioned to design the student library and associated facilities at St Joseph’s Primary School in Collingwood, Melbourne. Here is the official project description we received: “Today’s libraries are repositories and access points for vast quantities of print, audio and visual materials in numerous formats. With projects of this nature the opportunity for architects is to create spaces that meet the challenges brought about by ever-changing technology as well as providing for a dynamic and diverse age group within the primary school learning spectrum. Quality of light and an intelligent use of space are paramount. Recommended For You The art of concealment: Melbourne’s Trojan House Modern Barrow House in Melbourne, Australia Victorian Residence in Melbourne Displaying Vibrant Colors Throughout Modern Home in Fitzroy, Melbourne We're on a mission to spread inspiring content far and wide.

Redesigning Education: Why Can't We Be in Kindergarten for Life? "The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys." —Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind I remember when my twins entered kindergarten at our community public school. While listening to the teachers' presentation at my twins' school, I had a moment of clarity: The kindergarten classroom is the design studio. Even the kindergarten classroom's physical environment supports dynamic teaching and learning. The status quo of classroom design from first grade through high school graduation, courtesy Steven Errico, Veer The learner-centered paradigm should extend beyond the kindergarten classroom. Take classrooms from elementary through high school. Kindergarten photo courtesy VS Furniture

THE LEVELS OF THE DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE COMPASS | Design to Improve Life Education The Design to Improve Life compass consists of four phases that can unfold into six layers, where you start by moving from the outer layer, focused on the user and the four phases to the inner layer, where you find concrete techniques that support the actions your students go through in the different phases. The Compass represents a holistic and non-linear process that alternates between repetitions and progressions related to the goal, form and content. The UserThe user is always the center of attention in the Design to Improve Life process. The phasesThe Design to Improve Life process covers four defined phases (Prepare, Perceive, Prototype and Produce). In the Prepare phase, the students are introduced to Design to Improve Life and are divided into resourceful design teams where they distribute responsibility and roles. In the Produce phase the students gather all the material they have produced in the previous phases in order to gain an overview of the process.

Learning commons Learning commons, also known as scholars' commons, information commons or digital commons, are educational spaces, similar to libraries and classrooms that share space for information technology, remote or online education, tutoring, collaboration, content creation, meetings and reading or study.[1][2] Learning commons are increasingly popular in academic and research libraries, and some public and school libraries have now adopted the model.[3] Architecture, furnishings and physical organization are particularly important the character of a learning commons, as spaces are often designed to be rearranged by users according to their needs. Learning commons may also have tools, equipment, makerspaces, and/or publishing services available for borrowing or use. Along with the so-called "bookstore model," which is focused on customer service, bookless or digital libraries, the learning commons or digital commons is frequently cited as a model for the "library of the future."[4]

Whitchurch Primary School: 'Outstanding'…Ofsted Redesigning Education: Rethinking the School Corridor "I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder how we could have tolerated anything so primitive."-John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, "No Easy Victories" (1968) Education reform is in the air and taking root in thousands of classrooms across the country. From overhauling No Child Left Behind to closing poorly performing schools and raising student expectations, the push for change is powerful. Even before students set foot in a classroom, most schools still are built like factories: long hallways, lined with metal lockers, transport students to identical, self-contained classrooms. School designers have used the double loaded corridor for easy circulation. Photo courtesy of the American Architecture Foundation Let's design hallways with human beings in mind. Photo by Nigel Young/Foster+Partners Photo by Dan Forer Trung Le is a principal education designer at Cannon Design.

Intrapreneurship Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. Definition[edit] In 1992, The American Heritage Dictionary acknowledged the popular use of a new word, intrapreneur, to mean "A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation".[1] Intrapreneurship is now known as the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. History[edit] The first written use of the terms ‘intrapreneur’, ‘intrapreneuring,’ and ‘intrapreneurship’ date from a paper[2] written in 1978 by Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot. Employee intrapreneur[edit] Examples[edit] Another example could be 3M, who encourage many projects within the company. See also[edit] Notes[edit]

September | 2011 | kingsquadrangle It’s been a wonderfully fascinating three days observing you all here at the Strand Campus of King’s College London. You are a terribly interesting bunch.As our 3 days of intensive on site research draws to a close we’d like to open some discussion on the blog about some of the learning trends we’ve noticed. The campus seems to have an extremely social atmosphere and we’ve seen a great deal of students studying and socialising at the same time. Jenny It’s been a good first day in the Kings Building foyer (above a photo of my location) – we’ve had some excellent feed back and insights so far and some truly fascinating insights from freshers too. Antonio p.s we had a lot of people yesterday reluctant to take part as it was only their first week. A learning commons is a student centered flexible learning space located on campus. The Nomad team will be on site on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts Nomad Team Thanks for helping out

American Teachers Launch Cross-Country Tour To Build The Perfect School What makes a school ‘successful?’ High test scores, happy teachers, involved parents? Is it a private school, a charter school, a public school? In a rural or urban area? What makes a ‘successful’ teacher? These questions are challenging–if not impossible–to answer without a combative debate. Will the new school in Brooklyn be ‘the perfect school,’ a model for how to create the best learning environment for American students? Tell us a little about the inspiration behind The Odyssey Initiative. A few years ago, I started a consortium of progressive educators in NYC. Why the focus on teachers learning from other teachers? Employees in new industries typically participate in some form of apprenticeship and/or mentorship experience. How will you measure common best practices? Why visit all 50 states? How will teachers (and the general public) you don’t visit on your trip benefit from The Odyssey Initiative? First, we’re documenting everything. What is the future of education? Thanks Todd!

Education Design Showcase Project Miami-Dade County Prototype Schools - West Hialeah Elementary SchoolM. C. Harry and Associates, Inc.Honorable Mention Winner 2008 Education Design Showcase MDCPS Prototype Elementary Schools: West Hialeah Elementary School Overview The goal of the ‘prototype system’ is to achieve a high performance school that delivers meaningful civic presence; responds well to varying site conditions; and creates an inviting educational environment for impressionable young minds. The library, an iconic expression of lifelong learning, is located on the second floor directly over the entry breezeway, and is a key element in the composition of the school’s main entrance. The interior design of the ‘cafetorium’ accommodates not only the school’s lunch activity, but also the special acoustic and lighting requirements of a 400-seat performance venue for staged productions, musical events, and public address. The architectural vocabulary for the campus is based on a ‘tilt-wall model’. Aesthetic Use of Tilt-Up

Learning Spaces Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration. This e-book represents an ongoing exploration as we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success. Please note: In addition to the e-book's core chapters on learning space design principles (chapters 1-13) , this site also offers case studies illustrating those principles (chapters 14-43), including links to examples of innovative learning spaces. Diana G.

Princeton University Julian Street Library by Joel Sanders New York architect Joel Sanders has overhauled a library at Princeton University by installing interactive technology and colour-coded study areas (+ slideshow). The Julian Street Library is in a 1960's building on the campus and was originally a reading room with study spaces for solitary readers. The architects removed an existing brick wall and placed a ramp between the library and entrance area, creating a new space where students can relax and socialise. Maple panelling clads the floor, walls and ceiling on one side of the library to create a quiet study area with upright seating and communal tables. On the other side, the study lounge contains blue bookcases and banquettes for more relaxed working. There's also an interactive media table, displayed via a concealed projector, which allows students to exchange information and search the book collection. The project recently won an IIDA Library Interior Design Award. Photography is by Peter Aaron/OTTO. See all our stories about libraries »

A 21st Century School on the Cutting Edge of Learning [Slideshow] We are instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many keys that are struck by the nature that surrounds us and that often strike themselves. -- Denis Diderot If form followed function in today's schools, then there would be no need to change the current learning environment. The current model that pervades today's school design is based on an outdated 19th-century model -- what academics call age-specific grouping, contain and control, didactic instruction, prescribed knowledge, uniformed progression, fixed schedules, and standardized assessment through memorization. In walking into many of today's schools, you are instantly transported to the familiar experience of the double-loaded corridor, self-contained boxes with minimal daylight, and giant, impersonal lecture halls. Artists and architects Bosch & Fjord rejected this Victorian thinking in their design of Ordrup School.