Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Future of Education: Classroom Design & Decor Trends

How do you envision the classroom of 2050? Will technology have completed surpassed the crucial role of teacher? Will the "chalk and talk" method be as prehistoric as the dinosaurs? How will children be equipped to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world? As a newly qualified teacher the above questions spark my curiosity and challenge me on a regular basis. Classroom design and decor are realms that we as educators often tend to neglect due to our ever demanding schedules and this certainly needs to change going forward. The aim of this post is to shine a light on six trends that will shape the future of design and decor in our classrooms in years to come.

1. Flexible Learning Environments

It is my prediction that in future years the role of the teacher will be that of facilitator. They will be a guide on the side encouraging independent, group and peer to peer learning amongst children. For this practice to occur educators must ensure that their classroom environment is flexible and customisable. This can be done through group seating arrangements to easily provide for collaborative learning and station teaching approaches. Classrooms of the future must also incorporate design elements such as efficient storage systems, spaces for core Curricular subjects e.g. maths and literacy centres and the indispensable place of technology when they are considering the layout of their teaching spaces.

2. Robot Teaching Assistants

Will robots completely take over the role of the teacher in our future classrooms? In my mind, no, they will act as teaching assistants. They can be programmed to carry out simple tasks such as distributing classroom materials and this will free up the valuable time of the mainstream class teacher allowing them to give their all to the educational progression of the children in their care.

3. Positive Mental Health Design and Decor

The mental health epidemic in my opinion will be the most pressing health issue facing future generations of children and young adults. Schools and educators can play a significant role in providing an emotionally safe environment for children to learn in. Calming colours such as green and blue can have a positive effect on the productivity of children according to scientific studies. Also, teachers should place a soft area including cushions and bean-bags for children to go to when they need to alleviate their stress levels.

4. Virtual Reality

Augmented or virtual reality will in my view be the next big advancement in modern technology and will feature heavily in future education. This technique could be used in areas such as science to demonstrate diagrams such as the heart in a virtual 3D model. In terms of accessibility, the teacher will need to ensure there is space for the VR Headset and Teacher Portal before they begin to unlock the potential of this exciting futuristic realm of education.

5. Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) involves creating personalised learning experiences for all and in my view this technique will form the core of the pedagogy of the future. This may be brought into classrooms through technology such as i-pads where each individual child can work at a level suitable for them and progress at their own rate.

6. Themed Classrooms

In terms of decor having a themed classroom will in my opinion be an important creative trend in the future of education. Themes can be centred around many curricular areas such as stories, poetry, music, the Seasons, animals, colours or hobbies and past-times. This will create consistency and contribute to beautiful aesthetics in classrooms of the future.

*Please note that this blog post is a part of a Blogging Competition organised by CGTrader. For more information on this project visit their website!


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