IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience
The good folks at IDEO are thinking about learning. Their focus is more on K-12, but recommendations that sound as Snowflake Effect-ish as “Evolve past a one- size-fits-all mentality and permit mass customization” are certainly applicable before (!) and beyond school education, IMHO!
And here’s a recommendation that I certainly struggle with, for instance in my studio-based CHI course:
10. Change the discourse.
If you want to drive new behavior, you have to measure new things. Skills such as creativity and collaboration can’t be measured on a bubble chart. We need to create new assessments that help us understand and talk about the developmental progress of 21st-century skills. This is not just about measuring outcomes, but also measuring process. We need formative assessments that are just as important as numeric ones. And here’s the trick: we can’t just have the measures. We actually have to value them.
On a slightly different level, we’re pretty fortunate that we have a renovated building to work, learn and teach in in Leuven, but I’m not sure that a lot of thought went into the idea of the building as a teaching tool…
I’d love to help students design robots that actually roam our rooms, or large external displays that would actually show what we do, or location-based assistance tools for visitors, etc. And: I would love to hear about how you use the building as a teaching tool!
This is a much undervalued aspect of how we learn and teach, I think: just consider the fun fact that:
A 1999 study of more than 21,000 students by the Hesch ong Mahone Group found a strong correlation between daylit schools and student performance —including 20 percent faster progression in math, and 26 percent in reading.