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9 March 2009 / erikduval

IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience

If something comes my way through both Lisa Petrides and Marcia Conner, it must be worth my time – and yours…

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.

Makes you wonder how many opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency in learning we’re not making use of. Not to mention the opportunities for Serious Fun…

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