The Future

There are many possibilities for the design and structure of learning spaces into the future. Which factors of the globe will have the most affect on these spaces? Technology, globalisation, war, poverty, multiculturalism. In the future will classrooms be based on global connections or local partnerships?

In thinking about future learning spaces, I believe it is difficult to predict what the physical structures might look like. However I do believe there will be a particular skill set necessary for all students and teachers to possess in order to succeed. This may include: creativity, innovation, problem solving, persistence and resilience. These I feel, will enable most situations to be successful.

The Electronic Learning Space

One of the things that really stood out to me about the electronic learning space, is access does not necessarily equate to enhanced learning (Hockly, 2013). Most of us have experienced fantastic uses of technology whether at uni, in school or otherwise but just because it is available does not mean it is being used effectively. For example, Interactive WhiteBoards (IWB), most classrooms have these set up for use, but how many are used for the interactive part? Are they mainly still a teacher-directed tool? I have had mixed experiences of effective use of IWBs, sometimes they have been used effectively in sharing students work, and using it as a tool to collaborate quickly on a good piece of work, however I am yet to see an IWB which works interactively, as most classes I have had experience in, the interactive part of the WhiteBoard is no longer working, due to cost, time, etc.. Although these IWBs are in the classroom, and are a great tool to use effectively, are they being used effectively or are they being labelled as 21st century technology use without utilising the full potential?

Blog vs. Website: Our Role on a Blog

A blog is an interactive platform in which information can be shared and received. It allows two way communication between the viewer and the blogger, where interaction is key. A website is a platform to share information; it is single way communication. Unlike a blog, a website does not allow you to engage in the content through communication with the author.

As a blogger, the person who authors the blog, the role entails sharing information about a topic in order to gain something from it. It enables reflection and extension of thinking. As a blogger, you have a personal connection to the content. As a viewer, the role changes to include receiving information and reflecting on this. The content may not necessarily be personal to you, but it resonates and allows communication to occur.