ERIC Number: EJ782250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Movable Feast
Waters, John K.
T.H.E. Journal, v34 n12 p41-44 Dec 2007
Mobility and flexibility are the touchstones of 21st-century K-12 architecture, which sets aside conventional classroom design to create an environment that best integrates technology with learning. This article talks about San Jose State University's state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot Academic Success Center in California. At the heart of the project is an incubator classroom that combines movable furniture with an array of audiovisual technologies designed to enable collaborative classroom interaction. The SJSU incubator classroom features three projection screens: a large one in front and two on the sides. Menko Johnson, an instructional technologist at San Jose State University, believes that the lessons learned at SJSU can help K-12 districts design more effective, tech-enabled classrooms. Though the focus of Johnson's work is the impact of technology on instruction and student learning, he insists that a successful synchronizing of technology and classroom puts the teaching before the gadgetry.
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Middle School Students, Furniture, Telecommunications, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Technology Integration, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Ohio