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A future vision for learning.
 
Exploring the capability for a new learning space to support improved student learning outcomes through well-designed learning spaces incorporating ubiquitous technologies, supporting pedagogical practices that engage, challenge and equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to prosper in a complex, rapidly changing world.
 
The capability for a new learning space to support improved student learning outcomes, depends upon the successful support by the school staff and community for all three concepts; space, technology and pedagogy.
Well-designed learning spaces incorporating ubiquitous technologies, support pedagogical practices that engage, challenge and equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to prosper in a complex, rapidly changing world.
 
Including these three areas as important components in the school's 'Vision for Learning' ensures that vital decisions made regarding learning will be effectively implemented and resourced.
 
When creating a vision for learning, it is important to think of the future for a learning space, the evolving pedagogies and the digital technologies.
The learning space is required to support students actively engaged in their learning not just receiving, creating not just re-creating; students problem-solving; working cooperatively, immersed in project based learning that is interdisciplinary, and with attention to special needs of students.
 
Consideration is given to:
 
  • What is 21st Century education?
  • What skills, knowledge and attributes are needed by students for their future life and work?
  • How does pedagogy inform space?
  • How will the learning space support pedagogy?
  • What technology will be incorporated to make learning more engaging, efficient and collaborative?
  • When do we start the process of change?
  • Who is responsible for change?
  • Where do we start?
  • How do we provide the best opportunity for successful and sustained transformation?

What is the 'Vision for Learning' for our school?

 
Preparing our students for their future life and work is the most important goal for schools engaging in the concept of 21st Century learning.
 
In preparing students for uncertain and unknown futures, schools are placing greater emphasis on creating learners that are creative and flexible, resilient, collaborative both locally and globally, can solve problems and think critically and operate in a non-routine, analytical way. Schools are also seizing the opportunities new technologies provide for personalising student learning and for learning anywhere, anytime as students use mobile ICT tools to interact collaboratively to solve problems in real world contexts.
 
Does our school's 'Vision for Learning' -
  • emphasise the skills needed for 21st Century learning such as thinking skills, problem solving, reflection, and critical thinking?
  • focus on collaboration and active learning?
  • encourage personalised learning and anytime/anywhere environments?
  • seek to align curriculum, pedagogy and assessment?
 
Having a clear Learning Vision that is shared and known within the learning community is the essential starting point for the design process for learning spaces.
 
The vision can act as an ethical reference point for all subsequent design decisions.
 
To do this school leadership teams can check whether design decisions:
  • reflect the overall learning vision for the school
  • serve to enhance the learning outcomes for the students
  • create the environments needed for 21st Century learning.