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Crafting The Ideal Class Setting

by Catherine Lange

EdSurge

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Architecture’s Pivotal Role in the Future of K-12 Learning

While the architecture of schools is not an answer to transformation in and of itself, school design holds huge potential for both creating and supporting the daily habits of successful schools. Not only are some spaces more inspiring and healthier to occupy, but simply investing in a space provides the messaging to kids that they matter.

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Designing Today’s Classrooms for Ed Tech Learners

Most learning spaces today are woefully outmoded. Technology has driven different types of interactions and instructional methods that are no longer conducive to the traditional teacher in the front, and students lined up in rows, layout of many classrooms. Updates and upgrades can be extremely expensive and outside of the reach of many school systems’ budgets. In what ways could you redesign your classrooms despite limited funds?

David Thornberg identified, back in the 1990’s four types of learning spaces to drive learning in different ways—from campfires (lectures) to caves (quiet reflection). Despite the impact of technology since that time, his concepts are still applicable and can be readily applied to today’s classrooms. Even without significant budgets, teachers can still create relevant spaces in their classrooms to enhance the use of technology and interaction between students.

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