Transformed learning spaces begin with transformed thought For two decades, educators have been told to incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. This requires changing our thinking spaces and our physical spaces. How can or should they change to keep pace with and reflect 21st Century teaching models? In What’s in Your Space?, the group behind one of America’s most recognized school redesign projects walks you through the process of designing both “thinking” and “learning” spaces to accommodate today’s rigorous learning models. Throughout this book, educators will  • Reflect upon their craft and role in 21st Century education  • Understand the nuances of teaching Generation Z  • Discover design principles to help establish tech-embedded learning environments  • Collaborate with other educators to craft a scalable plan for redesigning learning spaces As we shift our thinking, it follows that the spaces in which we work and learn will also be transformed. Discover how to do it well. “We, as educators, can’t shift fast enough to keep up with the needs of today’s learners, but this book is a great leap in the right direction of doing so!” Brooke Menduni, Assistant Principal Dublin City Schools “There is something so unique about the framework/approach/lens of the actual physical change, so closely associated with the philosophical and pedagogical changes that can make this transformation real.” Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum Addison Northwest Supervisory Union

Let Students Use Technology

Let Students Use Technology

Several years ago a group of educators met with a senior computer engineer at the Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas. When asked how computers would function 30 years from now, the engineer paused and then answered, “Whatever we think of as magic today will be a daily part of our lives in 30 years” (personal communication with the author, 2010).

Try to imagine what magic might look like in our future learning spaces. Imagine a classroom with a strong network that doesn’t crash and where all students have premier devices. The devices might be tablets, computers, or something of which we have not yet dreamed. Try to see a future where apps make words, graphics, and voices ...

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