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Design Learning Spaces for Literacy, Technology and Collaboration: Startup Classroom Culture

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Wednesday, June 29, 1:15–2:15 pm
CCC 707

favoritesFran Siracusa  favoritesDr. Jennifer Williams  
Find out how to create innovative learning spaces designed to promote literacy, engagement and collaboration. Explore the possibilities of developing a startup classroom culture through architecture and use of space in this technology-supported think session.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Creativity and innovation
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

Digital tote resources
Description: Flex room beacon URL

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning Objective 1: Examine ways pedagogical literacy practice can be transformed and supported through innovative learning space designs.
Learning Objective 2: Understand ways learning space design can increase student engagement and motivation for learning through personalized practices of literacy instruction.
Learning Objective 3: Create a learning space portfolio and digital artifact to reflect understanding and promote implementation into practice.

Educational Significance:
Learning space design can act as a catalyst to support sustainable change in literacy instruction and learning. In this interactive workshop-style session, participants will be guided to examine classroom design to discover ways to promote collaboration, innovation, and exploration of literacy through purposeful use of space. As new instructional pedagogies focus on active participation and personalization, the role of the teacher can evolve from distant lecturer to facilitator of learning to support students of the digital age that are engaged, self-directed, and responsible for the development of their own knowledge. Thus, this design provides for a shift in ownership of knowledge and allows for all to be teachers and all to be learners.

Schools and universities seeking to prepare teachers for classrooms of the future need to find ways to positively impact practice by shifting focus from the ever-changing "nouns" of education to an emphasis on the actionable "verbs" of discovery. With this creation of an activity-based learning environment that seamlessly connects pedagogy, technology, and the space, teachers can empower students to engage and explore. Interest-driven literacy projects that prioritize student-voice, creativity, and choice of delivery can allow teachers to connect theory to practice in powerful and personalized ways. These classrooms that employ Visible Thinking routines and allow for students to visually map thinking processes are transformed into thinking-rich spaces.

Following research-based pedagogical practices, attendees will be guided through easy-to-implement ways to transform classrooms into vibrant, exploratory spaces that are alive with action and integration of technology. With physical and virtual learning landscapes designed to support literacy, collaboration, and technology, as change-agents helping students can be empowered to be change-agents and can become more skillful curators of their digital worlds.

Methods of Presenting Content:
For this interactive workshop session, the co-presenters will act as facilitators to engage the participants in learning that can allow for meaningful and thorough understanding of the topic and concepts. Through innovative and advanced presentation practices, the presenters will use active learning techniques to engage participants in meaningful dialogue and interaction with the digital literacy technological tools.

Innovative technologies used during the session will allow for all participants to be part of the conversation and learning. Sharing will be encouraged and connected to allow for transformational and relevant change and growth. An interactive multimedia presentation will engage audience members, and weblinks, digital graphics, and video will be used to demonstrate concepts. New digital technologies that allow educators to connect and collaborate will be demonstrated and then attendees will be invited to work together with facilitators in centers to examine room layouts, seamless integration of technology, and collaborative instructional practices. Each participant will create authentic digital artifacts and learning space portfolios related to personal practice, and everyone will leave with ready-to-use ideas for classroom redesign to maximize literacy, technology, and collaboration.

Electronic resources or tools used:

Evidence Base:
The interactive relationship between education and environment, both physical and digital, has been found to act as a catalyst to facilitate sustainable gains in educational practices and literacy outcomes. Based on practice of the presenters, the following specific gains have been noted:
1. Innovative physical and digital learning spaces encouraged opportunities for collaboration with peers in the classroom and globally in digital platforms.
2. Learning spaces encouraged personalized instruction and literacy learning.
3. Innovative spaces positively impacted the roles of the teachers and students. The role of the teacher as a distant lecturer developed to be a facilitator of learning. Students became responsible for the development of their own knowledge and became active participants and engaged learners.
4. Higher-order problem solving, innovation, and critical thinking were most cited skills associated with gains from the learning space project. Skills also cited were adaptability to change, increased creativity and collaboration, and intuition for abstraction.
5. Students demonstrated a deeper conceptual understanding of topics and were able to share knowledge with use of multiple modes of literacy, including podcasts, blogs, videos, etc.



1.1. Introductions
1.2. Agenda (attendees download apps/shared materials folder)
1.3. Objectives, topic overview

Activities: Introductions and Sharing
Length: 10 min.

2. CONNECT: Overview
2.1. Explore definitions of learning space design.
2.2. Examine standards of practice.
2.2.1. Examine ways pedagogical literacy practice can be transformed and supported through innovative learning space designs.
2.2.2. Understand ways learning space design can increase student engagement and motivation for learning through personalized practices of literacy instruction.
2.3. Demonstrate digital literacy tools.
2.4. Describe and detail examples of practices and projects.

Activities: Interactive Demonstrations; Collaborative Discussions; Inspired Sharing; Device-Based Activities; Continuous Feedback via Nearpod technologies
Length: 25 min.

3. ENGAGE: Creating a Startup Culture in Your Classroom through Space
3.1. Visible Thinking Routines
3.2. Flexible Scheduling
3.3 Use of Space to Tell a Story
3.4 Intentional Designs through Brain-Based Practices
3.5 Building Identity and a Class "Brand"

Activities: Interactive Demonstrations; Collaborative Discussions; Inspired Sharing; Device-Based Activities; Continuous Feedback via Nearpod technologies
Length: 20 min.

4.1. Q&A
4.2. Reflections
4.3. Next Steps
4.4. Evaluation
Length: 5 min.

Supporting research

Steelcase: Solutions for Education
10 Reasons to Re-Design your Learning Space
The How & Why Behind our Innovative Learning Space
EduCAUSE Research and Publications (book)
#ArchLearn EdCamp Global Chat on Architecture of Learning
Reasons & Research: Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces
Shifts in University Learning Space Design
5 Tips for Active Learning Spaces (Educause video)
Classroom Cribs
Tear Down this Wall: New Architecture for Blended Learning Success
The Past, Present, and Future of School Design
Classroom Setups to Promote Thinking



favorites Fran Siracusa, Calliope Global

Fran believes in the power of connections. She is a passionate educator who shares the power of technology to make a difference in the lives of learners and teachers worldwide. As co-founder and educational technologist for Calliope Global, Fran advocates for students by facilitating and inspiring student learning and creativity in the classroom; likewise, at conferences, she advocates for excellence in professional practice by engaging teachers in quality professional growth and development. As an innovative teacher and program developer, Fran coordinates digital global projects with partnering classrooms across the globe to co-create and produce authentic digital artifacts.

favorites Dr. Jennifer Williams, Participate

As a program developer for Calliope Global, Jennifer works with schools and organizations of the world. She is a professor at Saint Leo University and serves on the Board of Directors for International Literacy Association. She writes for Edutopia and Education Week and, through her vision of providing opportunities for learning with use of advanced teaching practices and latest technology, she champions classrooms to prepare for their futures in a world that will prioritize creativity, innovation, and exploration. She’s inspired every day by teachers and students that are catalysts for making the world a better place!