Redesigning Learning Spaces

By Digital Learning | A collection of some of the more innovative ways that schools are redesigning learning spaces for 21st century students.

High School Flexible Seating Done Right

“Can I ask how many students you have in an average class?” That question was on teacher Stephanie Sleeper’s mind as she contemplated a photo of …


Rethinking classroom design to promote creativity and collaboration

Traditional classroom design is still the norm in Silicon Valley schools, especially at the high school level.


3 Ways Mobile Technology Is Transforming Learning Spaces

Smart Classroom Technologies<p>To support creativity and collaborative learning with digital tools, schools are creating flexible environments that give …


How Emerging Technology in Education Is Enhancing the Classroom Experience

In the 2016 K-12 Horizon Report, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) explore short- and long-term trends …


An Idea To Help Develop Innovative Spaces In Your Schools

A very close friend of mine, were talking about “innovative spaces” in schools, and the thought of bringing someone in to talk more about it. My …


3 Unused Teaching Tools: The Furniture, Floors, and Walls

I was nervous about how the ninth-grade students would react. All the tables were either against the walls or used to create the sides of a tour bus. …


Back to the Future...For Real! | EdCan Network

One thing that is often overlooked in education is the learning space. We need to look at our schools and ask, “Is this classroom flexible, open, …

Back to the Future

We’re designing schools of the future with tools of the past—and it’s hurting our education

The way we learn has changed dramatically over the past few decades—so it makes sense that the places where we learn should change dramatically as well. Continuing to create concrete boxes with fixed walls and rigid classroom spaces makes as much sense as investing in floppy disks.<p>It’s been a few …


The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

If you’ve ever attempted to clear your head by taking a walk outside or zoning out by a window as the clouds roll by, you’ve intuitively hit on …


Interactive lecture halls enhance higher ed

Active learning in the large classroomAuthor: Sherrie NegreaUniversity Business, October 2016Students enrolled in media ethics at The University of …


A Must-Have Free Resource for Educators

At the recent Tots and Technology Conference in Frisco, I was surprised to see how many educators are still not familiar with the wonderful world of …

Education Technology

Reimagining the Modern Classroom

The seats, space, and stuff that idyllic learning environments are made of<p><i>This is the fifth installment in our series about school in a perfect world. Read previous entries on calendars, content, homework, and teachers.</i><p>We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to …


The Most Important Part of the Learning Environment

Over my summer travels, I have heard this quote several times (attributed to Haim Ginott but may have been adapted from Goethe):“I’ve come to a …


Inside ‘Room 21C’: This Iowa Classroom’s Redesign Inspired Seven Other Districts

Learning Strategies<p>Inside ‘Room 21C’: This Iowa Classroom’s Redesign Inspired Seven Other Districts<p>By Dr. Sally Lindgren     Aug 24, 2016<p>Mary Jo Madda<p>…

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From the Classroom: Reimagining Learning Spaces—The Third Teacher

<i>By Tricia Ebarvia</i><p>A few years ago, I started to rethink my classroom space. I wondered, <i>What does this room say about me as a teacher, or my students</i> …

What's Your Classroom Inviting Students to Do? 4 Configurations to Consider.

<b></b><br>• Would your classroom be set up for group collaboration?<br>• Would your classroom be traditional, with students in rows, ready to consume information and …


Exploring the Science of Effective Classroom Design [Infographic]

How much of a difference does classroom design make to what gets accomplished in the room itself? A lot, as it turns out. The fact is classrooms with …


Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

<i>Editor’s note: Eric Sheninger co-authored this post with Thomas C. Murray</i>, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools in Washington, DC<i>.</i><p>When …


Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

Back-to-school conjures images of desks in neat rows, and the smells of crayons and glue. Teachers work hard to make warm, inviting learning spaces …

Design Thinking

Decrease Classroom Clutter to Increase Creativity

As educators, we’ve spent years attending classes, participating in workshops, going to conferences, and continuing our education. The more we learn, …


Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I remember exactly where I was when I had a watershed moment that changed me as a teacher forever. In fact, it inspired my EdSurge column, Why the …


Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains

By Jacquelyn BengfortGrade schools pin high hopes on standing desks and mobile classroom design.


Clutch active learning space finished! Few tech pieces not pictured. Post 2 of 2. #makerspaces_com #classroomcribs

Clutch active learning space finished! Few tech pieces not pictured. Post 1 of 2. #makerspaces_com #classroomcribs

Creating cooperative learning spaces - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

A visualization exercise for changing classrooms<p>It’s not your imagination. It really is the time of year when everyone gets a little <i>wiggly</i>. (Or a …


4 Ways Furnishings Can Enhance the 21st Century Classroom

Classroom Design<p>Page 3 of 3<p>In preparation for the school's opening in August 2015, the school's designers contacted a local office supply company in …


Infographic: Design engaging learning spaces

If you want evidence that educators care about the physical setup of their classrooms, look no further than Pinterest, where you’ll find thousands of …


Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning. With such …


Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

Project-based learning, maker lessons, and hands-on learning are all the rage in elementary and middle school, but can high school teachers do these …