DESIGNING A 21ST CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Discussion: How does design affect the way that a community interacts?
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
Office Designs for Optimizing Collaboration: http://www.bnet.com/article/office-designs-for-optimizing-collaboration/190685
Best and Worst Workspace Design: http://www.bnet.com/photos/image-gallery-best-and-worst-workplace-design/190491?tag=mantle_skin;content
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?
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.