Students are ear-budded, IM-ed and Facebooked. They want infor-mation in a fashion that mirrors this and allows for instant access toa variety of learning methods.
Our point of view, after much surng, blogging and reading, is thatstudents need
a classroom must respect and value diversityand avoid segregating or stigmatizing any student.
• Information Access—
electronic, print, visual display andinstant availability of the net and media tools.
modularity of the environment is crucial. Movingfrom individual to team to classroom working environments mustbe easy and quick.
Classroom tools and furnishings need to t allstudents. The ability to support the relationship between thepersonal self and the tools used for learning.
Students want prompt feedback of their perfor-mance from teachers they respect. They want to be able togauge their understanding of subject matter right away.
There is plenty of academic research that points to a strongcorrelation between student achievement and great instructors.
Our point of view, after research and debate, centers around theseinstructor traits to be most vital:
conducting learning experiences in creativeways.
current in both topics and delivery methods.
• Flexible— s
tudents learn differently. Teachers must nd the keyto each individual’s learning.
“Fired-up” instructors connect to students, produc-ing energy that bounces from person to person, feeding studentsthe message.
Structure needs to exist. Instructors need to maintainstudent’s respect and authority. A strong path for getting from“here to there” establishes learning.
Walls have become translucent and are portals to the world ofknowledge. They must facilitate the exchange of knowledgebetween student
student, and teacher
Our point of view on walls and what they must do is:
• Cradle Technology—
Access to equipment, support wiringneeds, adaptability to technology changes and provide power.
• Provide Mobility—
Teaching styles and teachers change overtime. Static response to these needs defeats support of thesechanges.
• Generous Storage—
Filing, storage trays—a variety ofoptions are needed to accommodate user demands.
• Display Options—
White boards, tack boards electronicboards, projectors, etc. are all vital requirements of the wall.
These environments are enabled so that instructors, students andcontent can be located in different, non centralized locations.Instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place.
Our point of view is that attributes these environments should have are:
to create experiments and various learning concepts
• Technology Connectivity— for
easy access to power andthe Web.
• Display Space—
for projection display & brainstorming.
to accommodate supplies and create security ofitems and possessions.
• Collaborative Tools—
to facilitate students interacting indiscussion forums, live chats, virtual ofce hours, and onlinecourse work.