Learning Commons: How Technology is Changing 21st Century Library Design
The rise of digital technology and innovative new approaches to education have given rise to a new sort of library: the learning commons.
How Classroom Furnishings Can Delineate Learning Zones
Recently, Sean and his BRPH colleague, Barry Sallas, along with Steve, presented “Impacting Student Outcomes through Architecture & Design” at the summer 2015 conference of the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association. The Q&A with Sean and Steve that follows includes key highlights from that valuable presentation.
Computer Labs: Dead or Just Dying for Modern Makeover?
Most schools have two choices when it comes to computer labs. Denounce them as dead (or dying) or turn a drab lab into an engaging dream lab that inspires active learning for 21st Century learners.
5 Pieces of Classroom Furniture
In education, a top priority is creating the “perfect storm” for optimum learning. It’s no surprise then that design experts list classroom furniture as the first ingredient in the mix. This blog explains how just five pieces of K-12 furniture can transform a classroom into an inspired learning spa
How to Hatch the Perfect Classroom Chair
With so much at stake, where does designing a new classroom chair begin? How does a team effectively blend the ergonomics, aesthetics, engineering and economics of today – not to mention, academics! – with tomorrow’s influences?
5 Activity Tables To Enhance Your Learning Environment
In any classroom, learning scenarios and circumstances constantly change, so versatility in furnishings is key. One of the most versatile furnishings is the activity table, which come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and heights.
STEM’s Influence On Classroom Design
Next, get a sense of the type of STEM (or STEAM) program your school will implement initially. Or, if you already have a STEM program, how do you want it to grow? Let the method and scope of STEM teaching drive classroom layout. STEM can be taught in only one classroom or one subject, such as math or science, or it can be taught closely integrated, with teachers
How to Launch a Charter School
Two of us teachers started doing Genius Hour in our classrooms. Genius Hour is inspired by Google's 20% projects where their employees have the freedom to work on their own creative projects 20% of the time, as long as the projects benefit the company. We wanted to give our students an opportunity to own their learning and research and create their own projects. We would always say, "What if we had our own school? We would do this or do that differently or better.”
Kids Are Crazy for Coding
Whoever thought coding – and the people who do it – would be, well, cool? Clearly, it’s time to redefine “cool” in today’s 21st Century classrooms. If fact, students are so crazy about coding, that educators are scrambling to catch-up. That means training teachers, finding resources, and building coding into classroom plans.
A Standing Ovation for Stand-Up Learning
“When I first started talking about standing desks two years ago, people were shocked. But when I describe the benefits of using these desks to boost classroom performance and combat kids’ sedentary lifestyles, school administrators say, ‘It makes sense. Let’s do that.’”
Classroom Technology: Too Much or Not Enough?
The million-dollar question is how much is too much, or in some cases, when is a greater technology presence needed? The quick answer is, there is no answer. A Google search stirs up no shortage of valid voices representing all sides of the debate. Some educators boast the benefits of total technology immersion; equipping kids with modern-day tools is critical. Others make convincing arguments about the dangers of technology in K