“Who knows better than the students who spend most of their waking hours in schools as to what their learning environments should offer and how they should look?” states Barbara Worth, Strategic Director for Development at A4LE and responsible for “Schools NEXT.
Over the last three years I have had the privilege of being on the Jury for the Schools NEXT competition held each year at the A4LE International Conference.
Challenged to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaborative teamwork, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education.
The students in Philadelphia in October demonstrated their passion for re-thinking the requirements for 21st century learning by bringing the voice of the learner into the planning and design of future environments for learning.
All of the projects were different and distinctive int hat the teams were responding to the local learning needs of students and their local learning communities . What was significant to me however as a former teacher and Head teacher was the similarity of so many of the assumptions about the way that learning and teaching needed to change within all of the projects and how this needed to be reflected in the design of new environments for learning..
Take a look through the “eye” of the learner at all of the finalists presentations …http://www.a4le.org/websites/main/index.php?p=161