"....In schools throughout the nation, teachers and school leaders are experimenting with classrooms of the future. I left California to visit NAIS schools in Hawaii. Kamehameha Schools, founded in the late 19th century to educate native Hawaiians, just opened a new middle school on Oahu. A school steeped in tradition, its new facility stunned me. Looking down the long “corridors” of the beautiful facility, I saw nothing but open space. Where there would normally be classroom walls, there were none. Hundreds of students were engaged, sometimes in traditional-looking classroom groups led by a teacher, sometimes in small groups or as individuals working independent of direct teacher instruction—in all cases, accessing resources via technology. I asked the school director about the total absence of walls, and she explained: not knowing what the future holds, the school did not want learning options constrained by architecture.
Via Lou Salza