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Learning Space: An Evolving Definition

by Lucien Vattel

eSchool News

Article excerpt

The future of learning spaces is open ended

What are we saying to our children with we line them up in 5×8 rows facing the same direction toward a voice of authority? What do we say about desks that lock us in place, where the majority of movement within our gaze is eyes forward, eyes down?

Our take

Let Form Follow Function in Your Classrooms

It’s tough to collaborate sitting in rows and staring at the back of another student’s head. With technology becoming increasingly present in the classroom, and new teaching methods (flipped learning, for instance) showing promise for better engagement and learning outcomes, it’s past time to consider how classrooms can be rearranged to better “foster each student’s inherent genius,” according to this author. Is it time to rearrange your classroom setups?

Considerations of how the traditional classroom setting may need to change to best leverage technology in education point to the wide-ranging impacts of technology; in designing strategy and infrastructure a broad approach that looks beyond the technology to technology impacts is critical. As American architect, Louis Sullivan, famously pointed out many years ago, form should follow function; it’s a concept that can apply to classrooms as well as buildings.