MAY 2013 The latest ideas for creating inspirational learning environments
School is almost out of session for the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop thinking about creating environments that enhance learning and improve the classroom experience for teachers and students alike! In fact, now is the best time to start thinking about how the learning spaces on your campus (classrooms, libraries, student lounges, dining spaces) could work harder and better for your students and faculty when they return in the fall.
As you surely realize, education is changing quickly to adapt to the constant influx of new technology, diverse student populations and wavering budgets. And learning environments are now playing catch-up to the swiftly evolving needs of students and educators. The goal of this newsletter is to provide you with research, design ideas, products and solutions that will help you make the most of your real estate to create the ultimate learning environment!
NEWS AND RESEARCH
Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning?
Beth Blecherman is a mom of three boys and knows the challenges of getting her children to focus on school. Through all the technology that’s available, old-fashioned worksheets to practice math, reading and writing may become a thing of the past. This article examines ways gamification can help children learn – and succeed in the classroom.
4 Trends in Higher Education Facilities
Building Design and Construction takes a look at new classroom designs, flexible space and the evolving role of the school library.
Learning Spaces All Over Campus
Now, places outside the classroom are more useful than ever as learning spaces, for two reasons. first, portable technology means you don’t have to be near a power outlet to work and wi-fi brings online access to the remotest corner of campus. Second, college work now involves a lot of group projects.
RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
Active Learning Spaces Event
On March 6, 2013, we hosted Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, Director of Education Environments for Steelcase, Inc., for a learning symposium on “Active Learning Spaces.”
The event was attended by more than 60 Milwaukee-area school leaders, teachers, corporate learning directors and facilities professionals. In addition to the keynote by Dr. Scott-Webber, the symposium featured an active learning breakout session as well as a panel discussion featuring local experts in the field of education.
If you were unable to attend the event and/or would like to learn more about what was covered, visit our Active Learning Spaces Mini-Site, which features links, resources and a discussion forum.
Verb Instructor Station
The Verb instructor station provides support for multiple postures and work modes—instruction, collaboration, and concentrated work. It also stores materials and tools right where they’re needed, leaving room for teaching, learning and collaboration.
Click here to read more about Verb.
Check out the Education Solutions page on our website for more products, design ideas, videos, research and more!