Classroom Design

The Ultimate Guide To Future Focused Learning

What is Future Focused Learning? Although, the Future Focused Learning philosophy and variations of the ‘6 Cs’ theoretical framework has been a prominent pedagogical approach for the better part of a decade… Our iteration is adapted from Michael Fullan’s 2014 New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and offers new insight in how modern and flexible learning spaces can make a difference to student learning. In recent years, Future Focused Learning (FFL) is becoming a universally acknowledged approach in Australian and New Zealand schools.  …

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Create Engaging Classrooms for Special Needs Students

Supporting All Students Everywhere This comprehensive guide provides a solid foundation with helpful information to design engaging classrooms for special needs students. When space planning for special education centres, there are a number of things to take into consideration including; acoustics and colour, textures and fabrics, sensory play areas, safety and sustainability, flexible and comfortable student seating as well as adjustable height student tables. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2009, 80.2% of children with disability attended special …

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Shared Vision For Growth

One School’s Journey to  Flexible Learning Environments The School St Nicholas Catholic Primary School was established in 1876 in Tamworth, New South Wales. The Catholic parish school hosts over 500 students and is committed to fostering an educational environment built on a love of learning, personal development, community and shared faith. The Project The project involved furnishing classrooms across years 1-6, as well as 3 common areas that can be utilised as teaching and learning spaces. The layout features flexible open …

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Ring The Bell

A New Era Is Dawning The industrial model that has been the driver of education in Australia since 1793 is obsolete and we now have the opportunity to recontextualise the New-New learning environments of the future. New-New learning environments need to be based on inquiry-based pedagogies that foster the development of skills and capabilities required for the future focused workforce such as: critical thinking, communication, connectivity, collaboration, culture and creativity. The environment and furniture should be adaptive and flexible, catering …

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The Continental Shift

From Traditional Classrooms of old to Future Focused Learning® Spaces A future-focused vision for education recognises that today’s and tomorrow’s learner will face a very different future from generations past. A Vision for the Future The transition from the 20th to the 21st century ignited a significant shift in the world of education. The long-held notion that education can only occur in a bounded space with a clearly identified front, where all students are seated in desks and facing the blackboard …

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Agile Learning Spaces

Agile spaces are learning spaces that can be easily rearranged to enable learning by group work, whole class presentations, paired work or a combination. With wheels, and interlocking shapes, classrooms can be transformed into agile spaces. Yet students need support to also be agile learners who can use these new spaces. This article describes how some Queensland state primary school students developed into agile learners when they were invited to re-design their traditional school classroom into an agile learning space …

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Amazing AudioArt Installation At St Philips Christian College

BFX Furniture doesn’t just transform learning environments with modern and flexible furniture, we now transform classroom walls from drab to fab as well. Our very first large-scale AudioArt™ Installation at St Philips Christian College in Newcastle completely blew all their expectations. This open plan classroom was designed with zones for collaborative group work, quiet reading time, lounging and can accommodate up to 60 grade one students. Among the group settings, our Sine Lounges and SmarTable™ Jotters offer flexible areas for …

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10 Amazing Library Designs Around The World

Interiors, furniture selection and architecture are the three pillars that make for exceptional library space design. Maybe you’re looking for public library designs or school library design ideas? You have come to the right place. The best place to find inspiration is around the world. You will be blown away by the architectural majesty of some of these libraries. That’s not to say we don’t have some fantastic libraries right here in Australia. While there’s something so cozy about grand …

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How Student Driven Learning Environments Impact Learning Outcomes

By Prakash Nair, Founding President & CEO of Fielding Nair International It’s a surprising fact that the top universities in the world actively recruit home-schooled students for their freshman class. The reason they do so is because these students have primarily been free to study what interests them most, and have “learned how to learn” while doing so. (Business Insider, Chris Weller, 2015) While standardised tests are too often the criteria upon which education outcomes are measured, acceptance into top …

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