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a new classroom paradigm: a learning ecosystem
No learning space is more in need of fresh design thinking than the classroom. Given its pivotal role, architects, designers and educators are reconsidering 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.
Our research shows that this new classroom approach can be successfully implemented in facilities of any age, from refurnished rooms in old buildings to renovated spaces, as well as in new construction. The problem has been that pedagogy, technology and space have not been considered equally in classroom planning; intentional planning is necessary.
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Classroom the case for change
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.
Laptops, whiteboards and handheld devices have been added to the traditional tools of paper, pens and chalkboards. And a new generation of students, with deep immersion in social, entertainment and learning technologies, expect a media-rich but hands-on classroom experience.
These changes are driving the adoption of active learning instruction models that create more collaborative learning environments, giving students more control over how content is learned and who they learn from. But have most classrooms kept pace? Does the average classroom support the flexible agenda of active learning?
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node: keeping pace with active learning
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