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SchoolsNEXT - Changing the Face of Education
Part 2

Hudson Bend Middle School, Austin, TX

Frederick County Career & Technology Center, Frederick, MD

Domains: Process, Learning, Content, Toolbox

Course Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A705


Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 4:30pm 


Abstract:

With the intent to bring the student voice into the planning and design of exceptional learning environments, SchoolsNEXT teams from across the globe demonstrate their passion in rethinking the requisites of tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments, reaching beyond the school walls and developing solutions to global design challenges that inspire transformation in education. 


Education has been around for over 2,000 years…as the face of education around the world continues to evolve to better prepare students to succeed, educators strive to enhance learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom, providing real-world learning experiences and opportunities for students to ask questions and problem solve. Who knows better than the students who spend most of their waking hours in schools as to what their learning environments should offer and how they should look?


Their desire to make a difference in the world is remarkable and humbling. Challenged to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaborative teamwork, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education.   


Challenged to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaborative teamwork, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education. Guided by a STEAM curriculum, the “planning” teams learn the importance of collaboration and compromise as they finalize their project ideas. Their eco-friendly solutions not only meet the needs of students, but address the economy and society of the future. Guided by a STEAM curriculum, student planning teams are enabled, engaged and empowered to master the skills they need to take on the challenges of a world defined by change. 


With great insight on how challenging it is to design something for the future when you are living in the present building, students push the envelope and utilize futuristic technologies such as textile/fabric collectors of solar energy and people movers in the main arteries of their school. Skin barcodes holographic zones for testing, and solar panels on campus drives are part of their future. Learn how students transformed a 1974 year old learning community stagnant in the pursuit of education into a exemplary 21st century center for learning.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore how the shift in learning from lecture driven classrooms to collaborative, project based learning informs design. 
  2. Learn how good indoor environmental quality, natural lighting, energy efficient buildings and evolving technology positively affect student health and well-being and foster student success.  
  3. Discover the emotional impact of architecture and green technologies and how students are learning to take care of the world they live in.
  4. Consider how concepts such as critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills became the foundation of 21st century educational design.