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"The Third Teacher"
The Third Teacher is the result of a learning experience that began when three global design firms joined forces on an unprecedented project: gathering the stories of education thought leaders and learning communities who sought to redesign the future of learning. Cannon Design's expertise in K-12 / higher education architecture, VS America's trailblazing work with ergonomic furniture solutions, and Bruce Mau Design's unrivaled ability to capture and communicate “positive innovation” combined to create this comprehensive and novel cabinet of wonders [from website]
I don't wish to endorse specific commercial interests here but these architects have some inspirational ideas.
"Bassetti Architects has designed places where people learn, work, play, and
connect since 1947. We believe that architecture is most successful when it
reflects our clients’ goals and thoughtfully interacts with the surroundings.
Our signature is clear, enduring and delightful design. We are a spirited team of architects, interior designers, graphic designers and planners. Our approach is to share our own creative synergy and to collaborate with our clients and the community with a truly inclusive attitude and a commitment to excellence." [from their website]
"Spaces for Knowledge Generation is an ALTC project which was undertaken as a partnership between La Trobe University as lead institution, Charles Sturt University, Apple and Kneeler Design Architects. The context of the learning experience necessarily changes over time, with technological, economic and social developments influencing the types of learning spaces learners and teachers require to achieve their learning outcomes, and this $220,000 project was designed to inform, guide and support sustainable development of learning and teaching spaces and practices, maximising flexibility so as to be used by as many disciplines as feasible. The project was based on the philosophy that constructivist approaches to learning, as well as to research and study, should make use of technologies and approaches that students favour, and that learning spaces should therefore be organised to accommodate learner-generated aspects of learning. Spaces for Knowledge Generation provides a model for designing student learning environments that is future-focused and sustainable for the medium term." [from SKG Project website]
Ontario Schools :
The Capacity Building Series is produced by the Student Achievement Division to support leadership and instructional effectiveness in Ontario schools. The series is posted at: www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/
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Making Your Environment the "Third Teacher" :
Start with defining your defining your values then building a strategy to direct action. Does your environment reflect your values? Includes a worksheet as a prompt for this process.
The L!brary Initiative :
The L!brary Initiative, a partnership of the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York City Department of Education, with support from the Mayor, corporate donors, and a team of architects, seeks to reverse these patterns of low literacy skills and underachievement by working with community school districts and public elementary schools to design, build, equip, and staff new elementary school libraries. Working with schools in high poverty neighborhoods that have low academic achievement, the partners are committed to fundamentally transforming school libraries into vital resources for the whole school community — students, teachers, and parents — that will impact and contribute to improved student performance.
The Seven Spaces of Technology in School Environments,
Vimeo presentation [click here]
"Matt Locke originally came up with the concept of the Six Spaces of
I added a seventh earlier this year, Data Spaces, and have played around with how education could harness these spaces, and the various transgressions between them, for learning.
This short presentation tackles the potential of adjusting our physical
school environments to harness technology even better. What happens when we map technological spaces to physical ones?
You can see more of the detail behind these thoughts over on the blog:
edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2010/10/-cefpi-clicks-bricks-when-digital-learning-and-space-met.html " [from Vimeo blurb].