I recently posted on a closed forum to a question someone asked about designing a school of the future. The following was my reply:
When it comes to designing the school of the future, my encouragement would be to rethink school as well as technology use. I have been using a lens of thinking about technology uses as a funnel, measuring stick and amplifier to be helpful in differentiating the ways technology is, can and should be used for learning. Most schools seem stuck in the funnel and measuring stick mode, and aren’t venturing forth into the amplifier potential much.
I think the school of the future should be centered around the library, and include not only great places to read but also inviting places to collaborate and work together, sort of like a Starbucks atmosphere. I think the library should have a design and performance studio, which would permit students to craft high quality media products for the global stage: the web. I think an educational learning portal should serve as a primary learning centerpiece. One of the big things we need to do as school 2.0 educators is redefine our identities as teachers: It’s ridiculous for us to attempt to be experts on all the content subjects we teach. We really need to embrace the model of facilitating project-based learning, so the physical structures of school should support that pedagogical framework.
It’s relatively easy to think about designing a high-tech, traditional educational environment with data ports, smartboards, lecture halls and other resources geared toward mass-delivery of instruction. Auditoriums can still be important, but that shouldn’t be the primary format for most classes. I’d encourage you to think outside the box and really design a learning environment that is learner centered, rather than teacher-directed.
There are good conversations going on at the School 2.0 Ning social network that Steve Hargadon put together. I don’t have all the answers to this by any means, but I think many of the ideas being put forward on the subject of “school 2.0” could be very informative for you as you move forward with your design process. The Constructivist Consortium is hosting a 1 day event prior to NECC that will focus on many of the learning philosophies folks are discussing related to school 2.0 that also might be helpful to you.
The April 2007 issue of EduTopia has a great article titled “My School, Meet MySpace” about the Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy and their efforts to make an inquiry-based, technology-rich and relevant learning experience a reality for high school students.
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