The publication takes the reader on a ’walk through’ an educational institution, exploring the relationship between learning technologies and innovative examples of physical space design at each stage of the journey.
My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign.
The K-12 Lab started with a question: Why is it that all students start kindergarten with innate creative confidence, but few of them still have it when they graduate from high school? The lab's work centers on helping schools and teachers around the world re-think their approach to developing creativity.
We believe that creative confidence comes from repeated practice using a human-centered creative process to solve problem scenarios called design challenges. After using the process on these challenges, they will have another tool, the design thinking process, to apply towards solving real life problems.
We hope you use this space to find and share resources to teach design thinking. This is still a working prototype, so feel free to explore and change.
I have visited literally hundreds of schools. Were I to rank them from highest to lowest in terms of how they match up to my vision of “an Ideal school” , Northern Beaches Christian School would be at the top of that list.
Professor Stephen Heppell has a simple rule of three for third millennium learning spaces: 1-No more than three walls so that there is never full enclosure and the space is multifaceted rather than just open. 2- No fewer than three points of focus so that the "stand-and-deliver" model gives way to increasingly varied groups learning and presenting together (which by the way requires a radical rethinking of furniture). ? Ability to accommodate three teachers/adults with their children. The old standard size of about 30 students in a box robbed children of so many effective practices; these larger spaces allow for better alternatives.
Forty-four eighth grade students were immersed in the entire design process, from research to ideation to 3D modeling and ultimately launch. The result was a collaborative vision of today’s classroom – designed for kids by kids.