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Room ReDesign

While educators devote tremendous time to refining teaching methods, curriculum and assessment, often times the physical classroom can seem a bit neglected. Here are several resources that provide quick, easy and impactful suggestions for transforming a learning environment.
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Room ReDesign
  • Dan Ryder says:
    A short video highlighting a teacher and students' reactions to a redesign of their learning space. Evident are a number of solutions for creating flexible learning environments, as well as more detailed photos of specific features.
  • ww2.kqed.org
    ww2.kqed.org

    How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

    20 minute read
    Dan Ryder says:
    This brief article by professional architect explores the benefits of moveable learning spaces, provides tips on how to adjust your current space into a moveable one, and includes links to several other cases in point. One might note the emphasis on design thinking and the process of uncovering needs & possibilities in your space.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Edutopia and The Third Teacher partnered to document the redesign of a middle school classroom in San Francisco on a $1000 budget. The three videos provide a before, during, and after look at the process and the product including many simple and funding friendly tips.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    While intended for home decorating, the tips and suggestions within this infographic from Old Plank Road Antiques are just as applicable to designing a space for learning. Of particular interest are the symbolic meanings behind color choices as well as simple suggestions for maximum impact such as creating focal points of visual interest and using intention contrast to enhance engagement.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Wonderful documenting of a teacher taking a classroom through the redesign process, initiated by an EdCamp session. Demonstrates step-by-step resourcefulness and includes suggestions on how to apply similar thinking to your own efforts. Also included are Twitter handles of chief influencers and a link to Pinterest inspirations.
  • fastcoexist.com
    fastcoexist.com

    5 Ways Classroom Design Can Improve What We Learn And Who Learns It

    15 minute read
    Dan Ryder says:
    A brief meta-analysis of research on classroom design's potential impact on learning. Some interesting insights on conventional wisdom regarding decoration and groupings and potential impact on ambition, ability and self-identity.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    While intended for early childhood space design, Kaplan’s Floor Planner tool is a fantastic online tool for arranging and rearranging your space. Simply use the early childhood furniture options as stand-ins for your actual furnishings. Requires registration but free to use.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    "Regular fixture in the digital edusphere, Finley provides helpful qualities to consider when redesigning a learning space (flexibility, belonging, attention, etc.) with particular attention given to bulletin boards and display spaces. He also provides links to further resources."