As innovators in the educational interior solutions marketplace, dancker believes in creating the right space to improve student performance. It’s our mission to integrate the right architecture, furniture and technology solutions to enhance 21st century learning experiences.
Today’s education spaces need to support the increased use of technology and collaborative instructional methodologies (class discussions, group projects, etc.). Putting the right furniture in place allows students and teachers the freedom to move about the room, come together to share ideas and break away for focused time. Architectural solutions can give the space proper acoustics to promote a distraction-free environment for concentrated learning. However, its integrating the technology within the other solutions that finally addresses 21st century learning needs. This includes the use of interactive teaching boards, video conferencing tools and interactive projector systems. With this level of integration, students have a chance to be hands-on, enhancing their learning experience like never before.
In Kevin Ryan’s article, “5 Big Takeaways From Redesigning Learning Spaces” for eSchool News, Ryan outlines the key factors one must consider when redesigning their educational space for 21st century learning. He used the recent redesign at Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96, a high-achieving district in southern Lake County, Illinois, as reference to share his findings.
When creating an engaging learning space, it’s more than purchasing fun-sized furniture for younger students or handing an iPad to high schoolers. Ryan believes that asking the right questions, understanding the needs of teachers/students, and accepting, yet gradually implementing solutions help create a successful learning environment today. However, it is a process, something Ryan stresses in the article.
The bottom line, as Ryan points out, is that the results matter. Teachers will need to alter their instructional practice and students will need to buy in, but with the right solutions put in place, there will be an increase in student engagement and in turn, overall performance.
To read Kevin Ryan’s article, click here!