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Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond

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Delivered at Innovate Schools 2014, 9 October 2014.

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The use of educational technology inside and outside the classroom is changing the way we teach. New models like the"flipped classroom” have emerged as more effective ways to transfer knowledge and engage learners meaningfully.

However, technology is just one aspect of the learning environment in classrooms. In this talk, I touch on the design of physical classroom space, and question the very need for constructs like grade divisions and classroom walls.

I touch on examples such as the School of One in New York, visuals of fresh classroom designs and South African experiments, like Judi Francisco's JustBlendit! experiment at Micklefield Primary.

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Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond

  1. 1. Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond Innovate Schools Conference 2014 Maritza van den Heuvel Innovation Lab Director, Pearson SA @maritzavdh Slides available on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/sandradeeza/
  2. 2. You All Deserve a Badge! … Last Day, Last Slot! Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  3. 3. Challenging Our View of The Classroom ● No Technology - (well, almost none) ● Some provocative questions ● Some pointers to research ● Some examples ● Some things to play with :) Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  4. 4. The 21st Century Classroom - Today Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  5. 5. What is this? Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  6. 6. And this? Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  7. 7. And this? Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  8. 8. Learning Environment - More Than Technology ● New technologies & pedagogies ● Same classrooms and spaces ● Good attempts - but too busy? ● Depersonalized & Disconnected ● Colourless & Bland (Cold!) ● Primary > Tertiary (Worse!) Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  9. 9. Learning Space Matters ● Barrett & Zhang - Optimal Learning Spaces (2009) ● Salford University - 34 Schools, 751 kids (2013) ● Environment responsible for 73% of variation ● Attainment impact up to 25% per year ● Inform renovations and refurbishments ● Increase attainment through design thinking ● Peer-reviewed article Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  10. 10. Factors Considered Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  11. 11. Some Examples - Classroom Library Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  12. 12. Some Examples - Workstations Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  13. 13. Some Examples - Small Group Area Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  14. 14. Some Examples - Work Desks, Multi-Space Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  15. 15. Some Examples - Speech Room Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  16. 16. Where to start? (aka - we have no money) ● Involve the kids! (Design Thinking for Educators) ● Experiment: Micklefield Primary, Cape Town http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com/2013/10/judi-franciscos- amazing-grade-6.html ● BYOD Blended Learning ● Incorporating spatial design Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  17. 17. BEFORE Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  18. 18. AFTER Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  19. 19. A Dynamic Blended Learning Space Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  20. 20. What did the girls say? “Normally we would just be sitting at desks but we could sit comfortably with each other” Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014 “The classroom we designed was the best thing. It was warm and comfortable and easy to learn in.” “I enjoyed every single bit of this project and I hope I get the chance to do it at another school again!”
  21. 21. School of One: Pushing the Walls Out Further ● Personalized Learning = Are grades still relevant? ● Learn Anywhere = Are classroom walls needed? ● Experiment: School of One, New York City ● Teach to One: Math Model ● 6 Schools - Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn ● "100 Best Innovations of 2009", Time magazine Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  22. 22. Blended Design Approach ● Technology-based curriculum ● Daily adjusted individual learning plans ● No single entry point to curriculum ● No classes - individual workstations ● Flexible learning spaces ● Teachers as coaches, skills focus Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  23. 23. Reception and Results ● First Year - Mixed Results ● Ongoing Evaluation & Improvement ● School of One > New Classrooms [Vimeo] ● Independent Study: Students gained almost 1.2 years of growth in math or nearly 20% more than the national average in the 2012-13 school year. ● Continuing to monitor, enhance and - scale? Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  24. 24. Takeaways ● Technology is changing the way we teach ● Learning Spaces need to change, too ● The changes could be more radical than we think ● Start small, involve the kids, iterate! Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  25. 25. Have Fun - Some Links and Tools ● Classroom Architect - Design your classroom ● Making Foam Cubes - DIY touches ● School Furniture Designs Galore Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  26. 26. More Credits and Reading ● Classroom Designs - Mrs Farmer, Grade 2 ● Micklefield Primary Girls - Quotes ● Teach to One Math Study - Columbia University ● Making your classroom a thinking space (PBL) ● Reimagine Classroom Design - Edutopia ● School of One Brochure Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond * - Innovate Shools 2014
  27. 27. Classroom of the Future - Technology and Beyond Thank You @maritzavdh Slides available on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/sandradeeza/

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