Education of Tomorrow

February 16, 2011

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Education Group @ 10:06 am


Not everyone learns in the same manner. This has been known for decades now and over the course of history our idea of a classroom has changed in order to adapt to the growing needs of the students. Elementary schools used to consist of a single classroom for all grades combined. Over time, due to advancements in our education as well as a growing population this has changed to larger schools with multiple classes for each grade. We now have a better understanding of how children learn and grow as well as newer technology to help enhance their education experience.

The idea of the average classroom needs to face some changes to help accommodate the various ways in which children learn. Having different sections within a single room that allow for various learning methods is a great start. Classrooms soon will need to have areas that allow for the following methods of education: Collaboration, Education, Communication, Creation, Investigation and Generation. According to _Space, a European design company, these headings stand for respective places within a classroom that can facilitate different activities.

The collaborative section would be an area for students to gather in groups to work on assignments together. It can allow them to integrate ideas and to work on communicating with others. This not only helps them get the project finished, but helps them build necessary social skills.

For the education area, it would be a space similar to the typical classroom we have now while incorporating more modern technology. Teachers could stand up in front of their class to teach them about a new topic while using technology such as smart boards that are interactive.

Communication is an essential component to social interactions and is a vital skill that children learn through schooling. A classroom needs to have a space where students can present their work, talk about their ideas and share information with one another.

Creation is another often over-looked aspect of learning. Within every classroom there needs to be an ability to make art. This can be in the traditional sense of using paints, markers, clay and such but can also incorporate advanced technology, again such as smart boards that allow students to create on a computer to share with their classmates.

For some students, the previous learning methods don’t always suit them. They are more hands on learners. In these cases having a space for investigation allows them to experiments and test out their ideas. This can be compared to the typical science lab. In the future classrooms, smart boards and other computer software can be used to transfer their results from a lab area to the communication area in order to discuss their findings.

Finally the students need an area to generate their work. It can be a simple space for individuals to finish assignments and work alone. Currently for elementary and secondary school students to gain all of these methods of learning they have to travel to various classrooms within the school. _Space predicts that in the future all of these aspects will be combined into one room so students have the liberty to learn in their preferred method while others work in their area of choice. This will accommodate for the various ways in which we enjoy learning.

Sources:
Kembel, George. “The Classroom In 2020 – Forbes.com.” Information for the World’s Business Leaders – Forbes.com. Web. 08 Feb. 2011. .
This article discusses many general ways in which the class setting will change. It touches on a number of topics such as having a team of teachers intead of a single one, as well as how people learn and ways we can accomodate that in their class.

“_space – Learn.” _space Group. Web. 05 Feb. 2011. .
This is the web page for _Space Designs which connects with the youtube video also sourced. It gives a background information on their ideas for a future of classroom designs.

_Space. “YouTube – Classroom of the Future.” YouTube – Broadcast Yourself. _Space. Web. 04 Feb. 2011. .
This video is from a design firm in the United Kingdom that is integrating technology to create more advanced design for interiors. It discussed a proposed design layout for elementary classrooms and how we can improve upon the traditional class setting.

By: Rachel Q

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1 Comment »

  1. Rachel,

    You seemed to have some really interesting and thoughtful perspectives on how a classroom should be generated to incorporate every students’ ability. It is true that people seem to think differently and learn differently. It should benefit everyone to have different parts in a classroom to give every student the chance to learn to their style and give back to their class some how though discussion or a creation. I think that the leaning styles such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic & tactile would also come in handy if someone was not sure where they would want to go in the classroom. The chart located on http://www.chaminade.org/inspire/learnstl.htm helps to determine which of the 3 categories someone would fall under in case a teacher would have to further investigate into a station for a student.

    Thanks for the interesting and insightful read!

    Comment by Stephanie Horgan — February 22, 2011 @ 7:25 pm | Reply


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