This is a website I found about a Manhattan school which has a rooftop greenhouse classroom. I think this is a great example that a rooftop classroom can function in an area that is surrounded by a busy city in need of environmental awareness. The aim to teach children about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) within the framework of sustainability is a great idea in this context. This idea is similar to my design brief for the educational scenario.
I have created a Prezi to explain the different types of learning spaces:
~ the classroom and the school
~ beyond the classroom
~ the electronic learning space
~ the individual learning space
~ the group learning space
~ learning in the 21st century
I thought I might post my drawing of Scorpionum: antiquis creaturae pulcritudinem.
The scorpion I drew in science was a Urodacus elongates (I think). The opportunity to observe a real-life scorpion was a fantastic experience and one that is very effective in the classroom. It reminds me of the zoo/wildlife incursions organised at schools these days. Seeing animals and creatures in real-life can be so enriching and it brings to life everything that you have been learning about.
The learning space while drawing these scorpions was individual but also grouped because you were able to discuss features of the scorpions with peers nearby. The lesson was student-centred where plenty of questions were raised about the specific features found on this magnificent creature. It was amazing to notice the perspectives of everyone in the class… some drew the main outline of the scorpion and others noticed the tiniest details.
In my drawings, I tried to draw the scorpion from both the top view and bottom view. One of the drawings are incomplete (as you can see) but I enjoyed the lesson nonetheless.
As teachers, these days we are faced with the ever-changing effects technology has on our teaching methods. These effects can be considered good or bad depending on personal view, but the facts are that our options are vast and varied now because of technology.
The electronic learning space has been adapted widely across the world in the 21st century. With the help of the Internet, interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads, smart phones and so on, we are faced with an endless supply of resources for student learning. This style of learning space will continue to grow and advance in the future and it is up to teachers to stay updated and connected to electronic advancements. It is important to always try and test new technology like using iPad apps or blogs before introducing this to students. Ensuring that the content is relevant and appropriate will help with ensuring electronic methods are worthwhile. By doing this, students will benefit greatly and continue to be challenged in their learning.