How to redesign your classroom learning spaces

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How to redesign your classroom learning spaces

  1. 1. Don Orth @finddonorth @hillbrookilab Intentional Learning Spaces in this Generation ! ! ADE! EdTechTeacher ! Instructor and Presenter ! Hillbrook School! Director of Technology & ! Strategic Partnerships
  2. 2. Context SPACE! Multi-use spaces! Computer labs obsolete?! SKILLS! Creativity! Collaboration! Communication! Critical Thinking! etc.! TECHNOLOGY! 1:1 devices! Interactive! Personal ! Mobile PEDAGOGY! Inquiry-based! Student-led! Blended
  3. 3. Started by making a space that… ❖ Complimented the mobility of the iPad! ❖ Was multi-functional! ❖ Supported project-based learning and design! ❖ Was accessible to students! ❖ Allowed differentiation
  4. 4. Lowest Common Denominator
  5. 5. This is how it…was? What was the INTENTION behind this environment?
  6. 6. WHY change
  7. 7. Is this how it is? ❖ Sue Cain* - inclination to value extroverts and collaboration! ❖ 21st Century Skills! ❖ Common Spaces vs. Classroom! ❖ All or nothing? What are we trying to do? What is our INTENTION? *Quiet: The Power of Introverts
  8. 8. Environment is NOT neutral ❖ Even neutral isn’t neutral.! ❖ Everything has an impact whether you intend it or not.
  9. 9. How do you feel about…
  10. 10. iPads vs. Laptops (turn and talk)
  11. 11. Stand & Move
  12. 12. iPads vs. Laptops (follow)
  13. 13. Observations
  14. 14. Difference?
  15. 15. How can we be about learning intentional environments?
  16. 16. Affordance Theory Environment and the stuff in the environment support and encourage certain behaviors.! ❖ wheels afford movement! ❖ whiteboards (and pens) afford writing! ❖ rocking stools afford rocking! ❖ lighting affords certain moods *Gibson
  17. 17. The Idea Lab An Agile Learning Space A space that requires students and teachers to be intentional about environment.! ! A place we pay attention to the affordance of things and space.
  18. 18. A Public Platform Whiteboard Walls & Tables ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Visible and Public platform! Collaboration/shared! Importance of work! Collaboration! Big thinking
  19. 19. Students Lead No Front of the Room ❖ ❖ ❖ Minimized hierarchy! Student ownership of prime space! Student leadership
  20. 20. Hierarchy Shift No Teacher Desk ❖ ❖ Minimized hierarchy! Shared ownership
  21. 21. Movement with Intention! An interactive environment ❖ Room Reset ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Intentional design! Understanding space needs! Student ownership! Engagement before work starts! Surprise or “spark”! Movement
  22. 22. Leverage Learning ! Modalities Folding/Rolling Tables ❖ ❖ Rapid rearrangement and space clearance! Spark with new
  23. 23. *Under New Management Movement/Energy ❖ ❖ New management! Engaging work
  24. 24. Rolling Whiteboards ❖ Creation of sub spaces! ❖ Public Platforms! ❖ Leadership! ❖ Ownership
  25. 25. Where do you need to be And how do you need to be to be more engaged? To get inspired? To get work done?
  26. 26. Configurations
  27. 27. Challenges/Questions ❖ Only good for PBL?! ❖ Good for all kinds of teaching/learning formats?! ❖ Good for all subjects?! ❖ Distracting? Divergent vs convergent thinking?! ❖ Good for all kids?! ❖ Good for all age groups?! ❖ Boys vs. Girls?
  28. 28. Hack Your Space ❖ Retrofit wheels on old tables! ❖ Tennis balls on chairs! ❖ Paint tables with Rustoleum whiteboard paint! ❖ Use shower boards as whiteboard walls! ❖ Consider effect of wall decorations! ❖ Consider “front” and teacher desk! ❖ Consider giving students choice! ❖ Consider what students own in your classroom! ❖ Consider your role as a teacher *Make Space
  29. 29. Where might you start? Before you build, create, design! DECIDE…! ❖ What do you want learning to look like? ! ❖ What kind of behavior and learning do you want to encourage or afford?! ❖ What kind of teaching do you want to happen?
  30. 30. Related Work Learning Spaces Summit
 
 Gathering of educators dedicated 
 to redefining learning spaces! San Francisco, October 9-11
  31. 31. Upcoming events EdTechTeacher Don Orth! @finddonorth! @hillbrookilab
  32. 32. Other information
  33. 33. Hillbrook’s Next Steps ❖ Introduce iLab components and philosophy into 3 more classrooms! ❖ Original iLab is prototype MakeSpace! ❖ Collect data on impact on student with CPS and other schools! ❖ Learning Spaces Summit 
 (Oct 9-11, 2014)
  34. 34. Creating Intentional Classrooms ❖ teacher desk position! ❖ font of room! ❖ decoration! ❖ what can students touch! ❖ choices! ❖ environment that sparks…
  35. 35. How do we collect data ❖ class observations! ❖ mini experiments! ❖ teacher and student surveys! ❖ video classes! ❖ edmodo group! ❖ movement tracking

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