Technology encompasses so much more than just electronics and other digital assets. Architecture or social structures are in fact technologies – an application of knowledge for practical means.
Just as the world is rapidly shifting so are the ways in which we experience physical environments and interact with peers and teachers. The traditional ‘classroom’ is immensely far behind in this technological evolution and restructuring the ‘classroom’ is a major opportunity. The design of traditional classrooms lack the ability to fully realize the potential of educational technologies.
When kindergarten was designed children were made to sit at desks spaced out in a grid and instructed how to play. Such a layout is unimaginable now compared to a more organic classroom with open-ended activities. So too in our higher level classes the structure must change. Especially as more and more, with the advent and adoption of online tools, the teacher is not the holder of the knowledge.
Makerspaces and startup ‘incubators’ have proven to be immensely successful structures for learning and creation – could a school take key components from these?
Classrooms, schools, and the social structure within them has an enormous opportunity and necessity to pivot in order to cater to the 21st century student.