I came across this example in our “backyard” through a blog post from the excellent Karl Fisch. UVA has a “Learning Studio,” a so-called future classroom for medical students. This classroom is round, and features round tables, taking a central speaker out of the equation. Instead of lectures, students work on problems in groups.
We’re considering creating a modern classroom next school year here in Goochland… and I definitely saw the value of round tables for small collaborative groups. I’m also interested in technology that humanizes the collaborative experiences that can take place.
Teaching like this gets me excited. Just read this excerpt from the article:
The room’s interactive technology allows her to link to students’ laptops; it also enables their work to be broadcast onto the big screens. Instead of a blackboard, she can use a document camera, which is like an overhead projector, allowing her to write or draw a diagram that will project on the screens. Absentees can view a podcast of the session.
If you have comments on what modern classrooms should look like, or have in them by way of technology, let me know in the comments.