Early childhood teachers often struggle with creating enticing and engaging play-based environments on limited budgets. In this edWebinar, Shelley Nicholson, PhD, Owner/Director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center; and Jessica Martinez, Director of The Goddard School of Austin explored inexpensive ways to collect and create classroom learning materials. They shared helpful tips and strategies from their book, Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers…
Are you struggling with motivating and engaging students in the learning process? In order to effectively engage students and prepare them for future careers, schools have to provide an environment that has both a physiological and cognitive impact on learning. Research shows a direct connection between academic achievement and the design of the physical learning environment. Learn the three deliberate actions to implement in order to align their learning environment to High-Impact Learning Experiences™.
One of the most pressing issues facing schools today is how to make them warm and inviting places for students – and fun and exciting places to teach and learn. Creating an environment where adults and students want to be and where they feel comfortable and ready to explore the world is critical. In this webinar, leading educators Steven W. Anderson, Erin Olsen and Derek McCoy discussed ways to improve school culture.
When you decide to redesign the learning spaces in your school or district, the path from idea to action requires a number of steps. In this webinar, Andrew Taylor, the Director of Technology and CIO with Byram Hills Central School District in Armonk, New York, is joined by two of his technology coordinators. Together, they share their research, iterations, and essential questions that have helped to guide the design of the new spaces in their schools, and purchase technology equipment. Their collaborative approach has helped them create the momentum and buy-in that has supported their initiatives.
Containers are essential components to any early childhood classroom. Available in many sizes, shapes, and colors, containers are used to store, hold, and tote a variety of learning materials and supplies. They are so commonplace in our classroom environments that rarely a second thought is given to them. Containers, however, are much more than bins and baskets. In this webinar, Dr. Sandra Duncan demonstrated why the primary job of containers in the classroom is not to hold learning materials and objects but to spark children’s interest and engagement with the containers’ contents.
In this webinar, our presenter encouraged viewers to think about outdoor play spaces in new ways and how to make changes to your environments no matter the size of the yard or budget. Playscape designer Rusty Keeler lead an exploration of how to reconnect children to nature through play.
From the very start of the school year, teachers can begin to cultivate a culture of collaboration, exploration and student-driven learning. In this webinar, Beth and Douglas presented their “Design Thinking” process, showed examples of different kinds of makerspaces, and discussed how teachers can incorporate design thinking into their learning environments.
In this research-driven session, Kevin Baird helped viewers understand the core elements of creativity and how we can provide students with rigorous, powerful learning experiences through lens of a literacy makerspace.
Whether you’ve had a makerspace for years, don’t have one yet, or are just getting started, this webinar has something for you! Michelle Luhtala chronicled her experience jump-starting maker culture in her learning community and discussed funding, curricular connections, equipment, and celebrations, and challenges.
Are you interested in transforming your learning environment into a vibrant, student-centered space? By using new game-changing technology to support an innovative approach to experiential learning, you can better empower and engage students on their own learning journey.
By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, our presenters explored the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. Take a look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen.
In this webinar, Alexandra Dunn, speech language pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board, and Heather Snider, grade 2/3 teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada, discussed collaborative learning environments built around the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” Lecture alone is ineffective whether it is live or online. So, the challenge with the flipped classroom model is to engage students around the content in a dynamic way. Then, class time can be used to create learning communities where students communicate, collaborate and create!
In the mobile era, what is the role of physical libraries and learning spaces when every student potentially has a global, virtual library in their pocket? How does ubiquitous access impact literacy and learning? In this webinar, Holland explored how libraries and learning spaces can transform from archives of information to places of knowledge co-construction.
As collections shift to digital format, new opportunities emerge. Physical space can open new learning experiences for a school community. Michelle Luhtala shared effective strategies to repurpose vacated space in innovative ways. Maker spaces, and learning commons were addressed as well as other creative models that promote learner engagement.
In this webinar, teachers learned how: early language progresses and how a teacher can optimally support early language progress; to encourage kindness and caring in the classroom; to engender a deep love of storybook sharing and a pride in loving books; to instill a deep conviction in babies and toddlers that they are safe, well-loved and cherished, and can in turn behave in cherishing ways with others; to encourage curiosity and a passion for learning.
How you shop for solutions can be as important if not more important than how you buy. Is leasing computer equipment a good idea? Is price the most important factor? In this webinar, Jeff Mao and Steve Garton discussed project management and implementation.
Although a bird may seem like an unlikely role model for teachers, the bowerbird, a small native of New Guinea, has lots to teach us about early childhood classroom design. Spending countless hours searching, collecting, and decorating, the male bowerbird beautifies his habitat with broken bits of colorful glass, shiny gum wrappers, tiny morsels of beautiful berries, and multicolored bits of string and yarn. Attendees learned three lessons from the bowerbird on how to create inspiring and purposeful environments for young children.
What is the relationship between physical space, technology, and learning? What kinds of spaces can leverage technology and support the kinds of learning we want to happen? In this webinar, Bill Selak and Ilsa Dohmen from Hillbrook School shared how to create dynamic learning spaces where teachers and students can collaborate, learn together, and work together.
In this webinar, presenter Chris Sloan, High School Teacher and PhD Candidate at Michigan State University, shared how to foster civil, meaningful and respectful dialogue among young people in digital spaces, particularly for cross-cultural awareness and learning. He discussed specific techniques such as “conversation moves” and thinking routines to support civil, positive dialogue online, with a focus on middle and high school students.
In this webinar, Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, explored how physical changes to library facilities can transform learning throughout the school community.
Are you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best classroom ever? This webinar series showed fresh ways to set up and manage your classroom. In this webinar, second grade teacher and international design consultant, Erin Klein, shared specific examples of creative classroom environments, and how you can recreate them.
Are you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best classroom ever? In this webinar, second grade teacher Leona White presented tips to organize and setup your classroom in a minimal amount of time without adding more stress to your life as the new school year approaches. Experienced teachers and first year teachers alike contemplate how they are going to organize their classrooms every new school year.
In this session, Dr. Lindgren, Director of Technology & Innovation at Great Prairie Area Education Agency, shared the RDL (Re-Designed Learning) efforts that are underway in Southeastern Iowa to re-design the K-12 classroom into 21st Century Learning Spaces.