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Giving Learning Spaces A Facelift

by Peter West and Jamie Dorrington

eSchool News

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How to plan and create true flexible learning spaces

Teachers who are moving to a blended learning paradigm soon realize that their traditional physical “classrooms” need modification. In most cases, traditional furniture in a traditional room with a whiteboard at the front doesn’t support any of the blended learning models.

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Creating Learning Spaces Where Students Can Learn

As methods of teaching change to incorporate new technology options, the spaces where learning occurs need to change too. Blended learning models require not only modified physical spaces, but staff development and training as well. No longer will a static classroom serve the varying needs of teachers and students engaging in technology in both individual and collaborative ways. What do you need to know to ensure your learning spaces are optimized to meet a wide range of learning and interaction needs?

Building your classroom for the 21st century requires careful consideration of the outcomes you’re hoping to achieve, the various methods that can be put in place to achieve them, and the options available to you. Taking the time to learn about new available options, test them, and gather feedback from learners and instructors can help educators create learning spaces that best work to their advantage.