Teachers get involved in a new generation of learning environments

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At the Didacta Educational Fair in Florence, primary and secondary school teachers took part in an innovative learning experience designed by Indire, where flexible spaces and modern furniture allowed them to merge group-based learning with more personalised approaches.

From 9 to 11 October, teachers got involved in a training and learning experience led by educationists and educational researchers in the Future Learning Lab designed by Indire and based on the 1+4 Learning Spaces manifesto.

During the sessions, teachers took part in different learning activities that demonstrated how flexible furniture, mobile ICT devices and differentiated learning zones can be used in a student-centred pedagogical approach to effectively enhance learning and promote 21st-century learning skills. The three-hour “training screenplay” was based on the flexible space learning scenario designed by Indire using the Future Classroom Toolkit produced by European Schoolnet. The scenario includes five different learning activities (create, present, collaborate, process, discuss) that are the core of the student-centred, ICT-based pedagogical paradigm proposed to the teachers.

Teachers were asked to work in groups, surfing the Internet to find resources, creating a multimedia product, discussing their solutions and finally presenting their work. They experienced a multiactivity pathway based on differentiated use of the flexible learning space. The trainees were asked to read on a beanbag, discuss their proposals in comfortable mini sofas and present their artefact in the Agorà.

Future Learning Lab map

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The vision behind the Future Learning Lab is that effective learning today means going beyond the one-size-fits-all model and the lecture-based approach. Today we know that each student learns in a different way, and mixed teaching methods and strategies are more effective that just one single method. The Future Learning Lab immersive sessions aimed to promote a new vision of learning and school spaces, not only with a theoretical approach, but through a tangible, concrete learning experience.

As a researcher, Leonardo Tosi is part of Indire’s School Architecture project, which is investigating, from a pedagogical point of view, the relationship between the physical environment, methods and technology for education, combining theoretical research with observation and analysis of excellence throughout Italy.