21st Century Learning Space

Schools need to innovate both instruction and learning space to make themselves relevant to digital-native learners. Here is my concept of an ideal learning space. This is designed for middle and high school classrooms.

Note that the layout is teacher-centered. However, this is done intentionally to facilitate making instruction student-centered.

Please let me know what you think by completing the embedded form or by commenting below.

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15 thoughts on “21st Century Learning Space

  1. I love your classroom layout and have much the same in my grade 1 room. I found it useful to cut the legs shorter on some of my tables so that the students can sit on the floor at the table. It helps with the moving of chairs around the room and if you don’t have enough chairs.

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  2. Very nice. I love the flexible nature of the design. I am looking at materials from SteelCase for maximum mobility and flexibility. Honestly, I am thinking of moving 1/2 of my class sessions into the Learning Commons (and not simply because the cafe there makes excellent hot chocolate, but it doesn’t hurt).

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    1. A very talented teacher once told me the best place to record voice is your closet because clothes absorb background noise. Think about how schools are just the opposite – large open spaces with hard surfaces for sound to bounce off. Your issue is tough. Could you collaborate with a music teacher who might have a good space for recording sound? Could your media center set up a recording space?

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    2. I’ve wondered about creating a recording “booth” by lining a box with egg cartons and setting it on a desk with the open end to the speaker and a place to prop the recording device inside. They just need to lean in a little.

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    3. I got great advice for screencasting from a lady I met at a GAFE Summit. She suggested putting a large cardboard box on a desk with the microphone inside. You can line it if necessary. The student records their voice by leaning into the box, as someone else has suggested here. It’s handy because you don’t lose line of sight but still get the benefits of a “quiet” space. That might help?

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  3. Thank you for sharing your designs. We’re in the process of designing a pilot for our Fifth Grade classrooms and have some of the same ideas! One of my EdTech support teachers really likes the bikes in the classroom for the kinesthetic learners

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    1. I haven’t been in a school with them yet. I would love to try them. This is my ideal learning space so it incorporates things I’ve seen in use and things I would like to see.

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