"Since I wrote the controversial post, “5 Reasons Why BYOD is a Bad Idea” over the summer, and received such strong push back the concerns I noted, I’ve been looking forward to learning about sharing ways in which schools have addressed some of these potential issues. This week, guest writer Caroline Ross introduces us to several schools that have tackled these challenges."
Via John Evans
Now, places outside the classroom are more useful than ever as learning spaces, for two reasons. first, portable technology means you don’t have to be near a power outlet to work and wi-fi brings online access to the remotest corner of campus. Second, college work now involves a lot of group projects. More assignments reflect and teach real-world knowledge economy skills: collaborating in pairs, small groups, and teams.
So, sitting in a lecture, the regions of the brain that handle listening and language are engaged and the brain stores information in memory. Unfortunately, it isn’t very discriminating about how it does this. In fact, important information and trivia are handled exactly the same way (which helps explain why you can remember the words to the 30-year-old song “Safety Dance,” but can’t remember where you put your car keys 30 seconds ago).
Wisconsin will soon raise the bar for what students should know and be able to do in core academic subjects on the annual state test, and educators and policy-makers will have to work together to help more students reach those higher standards, the...
By now, many American educational campuses have had their first green roof installed. The ability of a green roof to reduce high summer rooftop temperatures, absorb rain storm water and to improve the life cycle of the waterproof roofing itself has convinced institutions to accept a change to the sort of low-slope roofs that they had installed for decades.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering recently opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory for its industrial engineering students. Portions of the laboratory were donated by Racine-based Ruud Lighting and Forrer Business Interiors of Milwaukee.
Over a year ago, when we were planning for our newly renovated high school space, we had the opportunity to test Steelcase’s new Media:scapes, a collaborative workstation that easily allows for 4-6 users to connect their computers, iPads, or netbooks to a “puck”. Pressing on the puck, one can easily project their screen to a flat screen display that all of the users can see.
Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to better prepare students for the knowledge economy, so they are transforming their teaching methods, reconsidering how they use technology, and rethinking how the classroom can best support learning.
Amidst a variety of changes in education, both educators and designers of learning spaces are rethinking the classroom, looking for a comprehensive space that incorporates userfriendly technology, flexible furniture, and other tools that support active learning.
The right balance of space can help build community and inspire group flow. One key principle is to help teams reach common ground by creating spaces with standing-height worksurfaces that encourage democratic participation, or designing spaces that allow for working side-by-side.
The technologies of tomorrow promise to revolutionize how we collaborate, power our devices and navigate our world, but innovative designers are already changing these tasks with the technology of today.
How do you make a classroom more engaging for both the student and the instructor? No learning space is more in need of fresh design thinking than the classroom. Everyone agrees it’s time to reconsider a new classroom paradigm where technology and the physical space are integrated to support pedagogy and create a more active and engaging experience for instructors and students.
I wasn't expecting much for my trip to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. My trips to neighboring states had left me feeling the Midwest had lost its way to a green tomorrow that would standout from more famouse leading regions. Instead I found exhilarating optimism and application of green solutions everywhere I looked.
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