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What do tomorrow's classrooms look like?

One idea could look like this >>>


As more and more schools get access to Ultra-fast Broadband and consider trends like BYOD, they might also be asking, What would a flexible, open, modern learning environment look/sound/feel like?


  • Is it enough to be connected to Ultra-fast Broadband, and have nothing else change in the classroom?
  • What’s the difference between 20th Century and 21st Century classrooms?
  • Would it matter if the school's design was 50 years (or older) or a new build?
  • What about mobile and fixed technologies? Where do they fit into a digital classroom?
  • What does physical and virtual learning look like when it's blended learning?

 possibly wondering...

  • What does a collaborative learning space look like?
  • What do we need to consider in terms of an effective e-learning pedagogy?
  • What about the principles of Universal design for learning, equity, diversity, inclusiveness and personalisation?
  • Does this mean we re-think teacher roles - to include a shift away from didactic teaching towards more interactive facilitation?

More questions than answers? 

Then come and join John Creighton (HOD Digital Technologies, Burnside High School) and Tara Taylor-Jorgensen (Lead teacher, Amesbury School) and Chris Bradbeer (Stonefields School) in a FREE online discussion focused on Digital learning spaces – what does this look like? 17 Oct 2012, 3.45pm - 4.45pm. Each guest will share how their own school has considered some of the questions above - in order to create flexible/digital learning spaces - that reflect a 21st Century vision for learning. Want to know more? REGISTER NOW!



What else is influencing our thinking about modern, flexible, open learning environments?


  • Linking Pedagogy and space: by Dr Kenn Fisher. Includes diagrams to explain the relationship between pedagogical activity/instruction with building space and design.
  • Ten Trends 2012: Personalisation. Part of CORE Education’s Ten trends, Douglas Harre talks about the customisation/personalisation of individualised learning.
  • Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching: A New Zealand perspective. Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert, with Sue McDowall, Ally Bull, Sally Boyd and Rosemary Hipkins. NZCER. This paper looks at Emerging principles for a 21st century education.


  • Tessa Gray

    Take a look at how Hingaia Peninsula School has gone about creating learning spaces for "different types of learning". Influences include; digital technologies  and considerations for physical layout as well as furniture in the rooms.

    How might an established school go about reviewing current spaces for learning? 

    Video link taken directly from Enabling e-Learning - Developing Learning Spaces.

  • Catriona Pene

    Today we held the Digital Learning Spaces webinar. 

     John Creighton (HOD Digital Technologies, Burnside High School), Tara Taylor-Jorgensen (Lead teacher, Amesbury School), and Chris Bradbeer (Stonefields School)  focused on Digital learning spaces – what does this look like? Each guest shared how their school has created e-learning spaces or flexible learning spaces that make the best use of e-learning tools. Target audience: Primary and secondary school teachers, leaders.

    First Chris Bradbeer, from Stonefields School shared the journey to build a school from the ground up. Stonefields has learning hubs with shared awhina spaces in the middle, there are no doors to separate 3 classroom areas with 70 -80 students and 3 teachers in a hub. Each teacher is the guardian for a group of children but in reality there is shared teaching of all children. There is a variety of furniture, but the furniture is limited - not one to one. 

    Stonefields have developed their own learning process and language of learning, they have researched how to set up spaces in order to provide for different learning styles. There is a huge focus on collaboration, and they are seeing improvements in teachers practice as they work alongside each other and progress in children as they learn alongside each other. Teachers reflect favorably on the opportunities for collaboration and support. Stonefields is a multi-platform school, students and teachers choose the platform that suits the task best.

    Next we heard from Tara Taylor-Jorgensen, Amesbury School.

    Amesbury is also a brand new school, purpose built. They too are multi platform and are cloud based, their planning is all on google sites available to the parents. They operate multi level learning, Tara teaches in a year 3 - 6, with two other teachers. They team teach, using their expertise and supporting each other in a flexible learning environment.  Alternative maths programmes include World cafe maths - multi levelled groups, problem solving sessions, and mixing students up. see link 


    Students select their own learning paths and resources, for self organised learning. Initially students had to learn how to use the new furniture and the staff had to educate the parents about what this new style of learning looks like.

    Finally John Creighton, from Burnside School shared how they were driven from Blooms Digital Taxonomy model. They identified that the higher level activities required flexible and collaborative learning spaces. Teachers asked themselves what did they want their classrooms to look like in the next 20 years?  

    John shared the process of evolving from a traditional classroom set up, to a more flexible learning space. John reflects that once again more collaboration occurs in these spaces and that the students respect and protect the environment and the space and the learning. Burnside have invested considerable money in making digital devices widely accessible to teachers in all curriculum areas to use with students.

    The twitter feed from the webinar is on #ePLD

    Please continue the discussion below by adding your comments and questions.

  • Catriona Pene

    The webinar recording is now available for you here.

  • Tessa Gray

    Here's another great video to inspire conversations about flexible learning spaces...

    In this EDtalks, Anne Kenneally shares how her students approach learning differently - because of the flexible learning environment her and her students have created, using bean bags, tent (or cave), the 'bottle bivy', beanbags, kidney table and more.

    Anne also talks about her changing as a teacher, where in this environment…learners know how they learn best – when and why


    Anne Kenneally: Creating learning spaces from EDtalks on Vimeo.

  • Tessa Gray

    Anyone wanting to facilitate about the design of their schools’ learning space, both physical and virtual migth be interested in the following document created by Rochelle Jensen (2010). School leaders could use this document to help reflect on effective pedagogy: How does ‘our space’ support teacher actions that promote student learning?

    Word icon. Learning spaces and effective pedagogy (Word, 60 KB)

    Any similar conversations going on in your staffroom?

  • Tessa Gray

    Ever wondered what learning might look like in the future?

    Here are 3 awesome stories/videos featuring what learning might look like in the future. For example, here's one scenario of 'personlisation', 'anytime/anywhere/any how' learning with mobile/virutal/interactive tools...awesome!

    What do you think? Will we see this in our lifetime?

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