The technology and digital devices prevailing in school sectors have made way for a bigger transformation. We all are very much aware about the times when learning was only restricted to the classroom or school library. However, today school authorities are recognizing the spaces which are located in between the traditional learning environments like lounges and hallways are no longer spaces for the faculties or students to simply pass from one place to another. Instead, these empty spaces can be used in developing connections through small interactions
Apparently, such spaces have become an extension of the formal classroom system where additional learning occurs whenever collaboration between teachers and students happen. The corridors or hallways are turning into productive spaces where students can discuss, collaborate and engage with each other. Spaces can be used to interact with teachers before or after classes to clarify doubts. Sometimes, these can be used as a leisure space where teachers can take a break, rest and get rejuvenated.
These are some of the indicators that tell us about the disappearance of traditional models and emergence of future models which is basically about maximum utilization of spaces when we look at it from an architectural perspective. So, these shared spaces should be considered as an integral part of learning spaces to cultivate better learning mindset
When students are able to settle in an environment and get comfortable, they are likely to share their ideas with their peers while working on some group projects or assignments. This in turn results in improved collaboration.
Since both the parties take up these learning spaces and therefore it should be flexible as possible. They can be given an area that support both solo and collaboration sessions to partner for large group projects.
Keeping this in mind, classrooms can be integrated with best seating arrangements that aid different postures to learn, socialize and relax
1. The seating option for lounge can be nested or stacked which enable people to have a comfortable setting for longer sessions.
2. Stand height tables and chairs will allow people to connect with each other for shorter conversations.
3. Booth seating options encourage socialization and studying, also offer students with a little more privacy
4. Analog and digital tools allow students for better engagement.
5. Work surfaces are required to hold books, laptops, tablets and other materials.
6. The broadband connection or Wifi allows students to share ideas with one another regardless of whether they are in the room or elsewhere
7. When furniture have inbuilt power charging facilities to charge their learning devices, students are more likely to stay for longer periods.
8. Proximity also plays an integral part because if people are too far they are less likely to communicate and engage for learning purpose.
Integration of quieter spaces for concentration
The modern transitional spaces are generally seen as open areas where students and teachers can move freely. However, the negative side of such spaces is the outside noise which creates a lot of disturbance. There is a need for private spaces to focus and complete assignments, take down lecture notes and review presentation
Shielded settings or enclosed areas can provide privacy to staff and students away from the hustle bustle without feeling isolated. Schools are integrating sound masking systems and speech privacy technology to make it more functional and instrumental. Doing so will allow individuals to stay focused while working on a group or solo activity.
The modern pedagogy is no longer restricted to classrooms or library. New learning is all about not leaving any space untouched and utilizing it to entertain students effectively and efficiently to reach at the zenith level of meaningful learning. In this way students and teachers would take expertise in 21st century modern learning and familiarize themselves with contemporary design and architecture.
The Changing Dynamics of Educational Infrastructure In terms of School Architecture and Interior Design
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