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April 6

DESIGNING A 21ST CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Discussion: How does design affect the way that a community interacts?
  • Facebook, Social Networks
  • Community Park
  • High School
Design - def. v, refers to a plan for construction of an object or system

My vision of a 21st century learning environment includes: http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/nj21century


Activity 1:

21st Century Classroom Environments include the spaces and places where we live and learn. Consider the P21 whitepaper found below in Attachments (le_white_paper) which talks about 21st Century environments.


What Aspects of 21st Century Learning Environments Would You Like to See?
  • Jot down one personal classroom change and one common area recommendation that you would like to see in your school. 
  • Add your ideas to the PDF below titled 21st Century Learning Environment Changes.
  • In the second column indicate what it might take to make those changes happen. Number the steps if there are more than one.
  • In the final column, indicate how likely / unlikely it is that the changes will take place and why.
  • Attach the file to this page using the Add File Button below.

Project Activity:

Think about the spaces in which we interact. Spaces can create mood, set the stage for a production or be used as a place to gather people together. Spaces have purpose.

In this activity, we will explore the design of spaces that are a part of our school community. These spaces may be online, or in our buildings. They can include outdoor spaces like parks and seating areas. They can include common areas in our buildings like the main office, cafeteria, etc.

First, locate two areas in your learning space. Think about the activities that take place there. 1) Fill out the worksheet entitled, Design/ReDesign. Use the links below to redesign spaces using web-based software. Answer the questions on the Word document. The questions include a focus on all five senses. Document your observations carefully. Take pictures of the space. Take video footage. Record your conversation with a friend as you discuss the space. Recommend two realistic changes to the space and how the changes can be accomplished. You need not provide a detailed budget for your presentation however, please include considerations that you might make to achieve your design change. Also include one recommendation that, if money were no object, would create the biggest impact.

Think about the type of activities you would like to see in these spaces. Write them down. Envision them. Make them work. Become one with the space. Take pictures of the space, Talk about the space with others. Research effective designs for the purpose of the space. 

Objective: To locate an area, a space, where learning happens for your students. In pairs you will redesign one of your students' learning spaces through video, pictures and words. Present your recommendations using MovieMaker or another online tool.
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Use 1 of the 3 websites below, and your cameras to document and redesign a new learning space.  Apr 5, 2011, 9:47 PM Blanca E. Duarte
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Use one of these services to present your newly redesigned space for learning.  Apr 5, 2011, 9:47 PM Blanca E. Duarte
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