Innovative schools are redesigning learning spaces to enhance student success. Mary Meriskomer, Technology Integration Development and Outreach Facilitator at TIES, discusses trends in creating modern learning environments. Modern classroom design focuses on students to foster choice, collaboration, and creativity.
Traditional classroom layouts (sometimes called the “graveyard layout”) have long been identified as a obstacle in addressing different learning modes. Interior design and architecture have a real impact on our ability to study. So how can we design great spaces to learn?
In many parts of the world, today’s classrooms are almost unrecognisable compared to those of a decade ago. Technology is changing the way students learn and teachers teach. From interactive white boards replacing chalk boards to tablets replacing desktop computers, schools are becoming increasingly digital.
Amazon has a real knack for changing consumers’ buying behavior. Logging on is like being welcomed by an old friend who knows you deeply. Amazon knows what you need even before you do, because it learns from behavior: which products you’ve viewed, what items you’ve purchased and how others like you have interacted with the site.
Imagine coming into class one day after discovering the lesson plan you worked on all week has vanished. Your instincts, your experiences, your very trust in your own intuitive instructional nature-it’s all laid bare. Now what? It’s the time for teaching innovation and discovery of the unknown through messy learning.
I’ve been at this technology in education thing for a long time – much of it as an analyst and researcher, some of it as a (pretty good) policy advocate. I’ve been funded by industry and provided advice to investors and brands.