Schools for the Future

8:02 PM / Posted by Lenva /

I was looking on the net at the School for the Future in Philadelphia - where they have no desks, but use podiums with computers on and the floor. In this way, they say they can improve the fitness of their students while they learn.

My principal is on the Board of Trustees for a new middle school yet to be built. The other day, he asked the question "If you had a blank canvas, what would a school for the 21st century look like? (We are talking about physical buildings and classrooms, not about equipment and technology).
In effect he does have a blank canvas. What an exciting position to be in!

So I am setting the challenge - if you had a blank canvas, what would your school for the 21st century look like?

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Comment by Mr Harrington on April 29, 2007 at 8:36 AM

Lenva following a discussion with Sheryl recently - would you actually build a school at all - with web 2.0 tools you can meet virtually, tasks can be completed collaboratively via blogs and wiki's - do we really need a bricks and mortar building in the 21st Century.

Paul Harrington

Comment by lenva on April 29, 2007 at 10:06 PM

Hi Paul,
I agree, but the Ministry is still building new schools so it is up to us to ensure they meet the needs of the 21st century learners and are not just replicas of last century's schools.
I for one, wish I could be around when all this virtual school happens, but somehow I don't think so.

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