Can classroom design have an effect on students' learning progress? The final results of a holistic, multi-level analysis carried out by the School of the Built Environment in University of Salford say yes.
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A group of innovative school leaders are meeting as part of a Future Classroom Lab initiative, supported by Microsoft and Promethean. In this first phase, the group is sharing and discussing programmes that have been useful in helping them lead change in their schools. In June, the aim is to share their best practice to help others.
Looking for a single point of entry for European-level actions and initiatives for schools? A new website, the School Education Gateway, is here with information and resources in 23 languages!
The Creative Classrooms Lab (CCL) project, a two-year policy experimentation on the innovative use of tablets in schools, will hold its final conference in form of a capacity building workshop on 25 March 2015 in Brussels.
Within the past months any new industry partners have joined the Future Classroom Lab. With their innovative solutions and expertise, these companies allow European Schoolnet to further extend their outreach to teachers, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders.
Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, Director of Education Environments at Steelcase Inc., talks about design resolutions that empower learning. See the interview to find out how evidenced-based design methodologies and knowledge of how we learn can be used to create better learning environments.
On 11 December the European Commission celebrated a conference "Education in the Digital Era" for high-level European policy-makers. Several Ministers of Education and other senior decision-makers attended the conference in Brussels.
On 9th November, the Chinese National Institute of Educational Sciences, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Education, launched its "Future School Programme". The Programme is designed to support Chinese schools in adopting 21st century pedagogies and the use of technology in the classroom. At the heart of the Programme is the first Asian Future Classroom Lab which was opened during the launch event for the Future School Programme.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
Warren Barkley, the Chief Technology Officer for SMART Technologies, talks in this interview on technology in schools, speed of change, collaborative and other skills needed in future jobs, and scaling up the the best pedagogical practice across schools.