The easy option <ul><li>I have worked out with very little effort and money my current classroom could have sound booths added, still cater to 30 students and be a far more flexible e-learning space.
The sounds booths could be arranged along the windows on either side of the classroom and provide independent learning areas with some sound dampening facilities for making videos or podcasts. </li></ul>
But in looking at 21 st century learning spaces, what do we really want?
All Areas <ul><li>Tinted windows or windows which do not face the sun.
Bad teachers cannot teach </li></ul>Photo courtesy pics4learning .com Jeff Ingraham
Online safety <ul>No students should be engaging with anyone online who has not been vetted in accordance with the regulations pertaining to face to face contact with students in schools. </ul>CyberSmart
Engaging with others <ul><li>There is a real chance with technology to use the wider community to encourage and foster learning.
Employers can be more visible online and share their needs and knowledge.
Community groups can take advantage of this generation's desire to make a difference and espouse causes.
Higher education institutions can create courses to to enthuse and develop higher level learning.
Students can be part of online groups and activities which have sound learning outcomes but also will provide some choices for individual interests and learning styles.
Qualified and suitable older people can be online mentors for students. Students can actually engage with online mentors who take a genuine interest in their work. </li></ul>
So what do we need? <ul><li>Constant technology inservice at an appropriate level