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mLearning: A New Perspective

by Dennis Pierce

The Journal

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3 Ways Mobile Technology Is Transforming Learning Spaces

From the outside, Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA, looks like any traditional school building built in the 1920s. Inside, it looks completely different. Instead of desks arranged in tidy rows, the classrooms have tables that can be reconfigured in seconds by the students themselves, depending on what an assignment calls for.

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Our Take: New Methods of Teaching Require New Classroom Designs

It’s not your grandma’s classroom—or your father’s either. The traditional arrangement of rows of desks facing forward no longer effectively fit new styles of learning that are aided by a wide range of technologies. Today’s students are more able to work together in groups to solve problems or challenges and the environments in which they do these tasks must be flexible enough to support this more active, collaborative style of learning. What do new methods of learning mean for your classroom infrastructures?

Technology can certainly have unintended consequences; the impact on the traditional classroom layout may be one. As school systems adopt new technology, and new modes of teaching and learning, the classroom layout must also be considered and reconfigured to provide the most efficient and effective means of instruction. Lenovo is confident that our innovations could help pave the way. When considered in combination with careful planning and smart partnerships, IT can help modernize infrastructure, identify potential efficiencies, and stay up-to-date with a constantly changing landscape.