The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels.Paraphrasing Bjork's song: "All is full of learning". The Future Classroom Lab seems kind of an evolution of the old ateliers. A huge amount of research on education flows into this conception of the spaces, the times and the ways of learning. I've been trying organizing my classroom space by dividing it in various zones each of them dedicated to a different learning activity and/or learning style. It's not easy, unfortunately, because I can't make important decisions on my own. As a matter of fact, this kind of choices implies a learning and teaching vision to be shared by all the actors of an educational institution: principals, teachers, stakeholders...I do hope such awareness will spread quickly.
What does my classroom look like?This isn't exactly my classroom, but it's a space my students can use quite often. Compared to the amazing classroom we've admired in the video, well, it's quite smaller and it only presents two zones which could remind us of the Interact and the Exchange zone. Well, it isn't a Future Classroom Lab yet but it isn't a traditional classroom either. It represents a significant step forward towards that goal, indeed.
Module 2: Your future classroom – towards a realistic vision.
Future Classroom Scenarios. Both scenarios take into consideration those key principles Dr Ellis has referred to: they are realistic and could be implemented in real classrooms, they are innovative and show a great use of technology, and they are definitely based on valuable pedagogical approaches. The activities are undoubtedly engaging and relevant to the learners. Finally, they include 21 Century skills. When it comes to Cons, their implementation in schools needs the involvement of the all the actors, including teachers, principals, administration and stakeholders as well as policy makers. In a nutshell, in order to Future Scenarios like these to become actual learning environments in our schools we need a dramatic change in attitude and vision
The role of trends and stakeholders. The idea of school as a global community has definitely replaced that of a closed environment: we can't even thinking of starting a process of innovation without involving other actors inside and ouside of the school. We need the support of all the people who have whatever kind of investment in the school, as Dr Rogers underlines. In my view, some stakeholders should have a more active role than others in designing and implementing a learning scenario, namely the teachers, the families and the employers: all of them are strongly interested in having young people be competent, motivated and able to cope with the challenges of an ever changing world. Besides, we need to consider the most valuable trends, mostly in education sciences. I mean that not any trend, despite how widely they may affect a temporary vision, is worth taking into account when designing scenarios. The effectiveness of a trend should be verified in the light of the most enduring views that human sciences have been supporting in the decades.
Trends & stakeholders: the classroom of 2025.Innovative vs Mainstream.The latter will definitely replace the widely used adjective "innovative" : the best contemporary experiences, the ones that already let the future come true, will be mainstream, as Gill Leahy says. The access to any kind of resources, learning outside, inquiry-based learning, the teacher acting as a mentor, a coach providing guidance and feedback and conversely the learners being in charge of the learning experience: all of them will be the ingredients of the classroom of 2025. But, most important, The classroom will definitely turn into a learning community, an interactive. social learning space with no materials boundaries where collaboration will be the key of the success of all those who are involved in the learning-teaching process.