April 11, 2013
Redesigning your Learning Spaces: How Mobile Technology Demands a New Classroom – from Jen Carey
Jen Carey is LIVE blogging for us from the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA. You can also find these posts on her site - indianajen.com.
Concurrent Session #2 - Redesigning your Learning Spaces: How Mobile Technology Demands a New Classroom - Don Orth, Director of Technology at Hillbrook School, Christa Flores, MS Science & iLab Director, Tim Springer, Founder & President Hero, Inc.What should classrooms (physically) look like with the learning that is happening now? The Hillbrook School is hosting an iPad School 2.0 Summit this summer. Big Picture questions:
- Where do you go to be creative?
- When is the last time you reinvented your classroom, your teaching, your assumptions?
“Learning needs an engaging context.” – Tim Springer.Tim Springer highlights the research behind the iLab. Movement is not a distraction from learning, but rather is conducive to it. Engaging the body helps with attention and concentration. Movement and mobility, in conjunction with technology, becomes incorporated into the learning space and further engages students in the learning experience. When students are bored, they quickly become apathetic and disinterested in the material. By challenging and engaging students, they get into the “zone,” and feel successful. When we look at affective learning, when students “pull” material, we see that they gain a deeper and more enduring understanding. Engaging multiple senses in a challenging context ultimately provides a more enriched learning experience. While the iLab can be used by all subjects, currently it serves as the sole Science classroom for the Middle School. Students meet in the iLab for all science classes. This makes the science class about doing rather than absorbing content. Students need autonomy to develop intellectually. Learners should make mistakes. The iLab context allows them to learn and to feel successful when they ultimately achieve their goals. Flexibility is the key element of the iLab. Its environment allows students to build a space that fits the needs of their learning, and iPad, being mobile by nature, has been readily adopted into it because students can easily move and implement it as they need. You can view these presentation materials – as well as those from other presenters – on the iPad Summit web site.