Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future?

September 26, 2012  14 Comments

There is a lot of talk about the future of education and what the classroom of the future might look like.

Here are two different ideas of what the classroom of the future might look like.

The first classroom of the future is in Sweden

 Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future?

Sweden is often seen as the thought leader when it comes to education.  Last week I came across an article about Vittra school.  Vittra School has a philosophy of real life learning in creative learning spaces.  The above photo is one of their library bookshelves.

Some of the other learning spaces include the conversation wall.

 Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future?

The Cave

 Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future?

The chalk house

 Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future?

 There other learning spaces such as the campfire, watering hole and so on.

I have a friend who sends his daughter to one of these schools and he says that their focus is on collaboration, real life problem solving and autonomy.  The philosophy of education isn’t necessarily driven by technology but they certainly embrace new technology within their school.

The second model of the classroom of the future is very technology focussed.

I came across the following YouTube video.  When you watch it you will notice the difference.  In the Swedish model the focus is very much on the student, whereas the second model of the classroom of the future is still focussed on the teacher.

In the video below the students still sit in rows and pay attention to the front of the class.  There is some collaboration around the technology but you get the impression that the teacher still controls the learning.

 

How would you design the classroom of the future?

I would love to see a hybrid of the two.  I love the role that technology plays but I prefer to encourage the students to own their own learning.  If you can embrace the power of new technology such as the soon to be released Google glasses with the school design of Vittra you would have a real winner!

 

Mike

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  • Kajal Sengupta

    These two views of future classroom is about real classroom for face to face teaching .According to me in future we will need to have blended classrooms which will include virtual classrooms like http://www.wiziq.com/Virtual_Classroom.aspx

    • http://www.leadwell.com.au/blog Mike Reading

      It will be interesting to see how the definition of virtual will change over the next 5-10 years. I think it wil look totally different than how we imagine it today.

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  • Tania Sheko

    Thanks for the post, Mike. A few thoughts come to mind. The first example – how would it work in secondary school? It would mean a complete reconstruction of the present school system, and also reformed training of teachers. It would not work globally with the current teacher training and the focus on VCE atar. The pictures reminded me of the Google office spaces. Spaces are so important, and we’re still seeing the traditional desks facing front. Interesting that the video shows amazing technological advancement and the tables are still facing front. I was also thinking, wow, what amazing technology (in the video) and how in our school we still can’t connect to the internet often, or load pages – how do we fix these things first? Our yrs 9-10s have received ipads but teachers are still downloading youtube videos because they don’t work otherwise. We dream but we can’t fix the things on the ground. Our ipad teacher training focuses on apps and not about how to use a mobile device, how to start sharing and connecting. I like the part in the video when the students connect with an expert.

    • http://www.leadwell.com.au/blog Mike Reading

      Hi Tania,

      Great thoughts & questions! I guess my initial thought is that is not just about the space (although that’s cool) and it’s not just about the technology; it really has to be about engagement. It’s like anything else in life, no matter how cool it is, it will eventually lose it’s wow factor.

      If we can get the staff and students engaged through the right training, setting our class culture etc we will be well on our way towards having lessons and environments that are just as, if not more engaging than the ones shown in the post (provided the internet stays up lol)

      I am pretty sure that the school in Sweden is a high school as well – they really are looking at innovative ways to redesign their school system.

      Thanks for your comment

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