Alex More, Lead Teacher of Innovation in Teaching & Learning Shaftesbury School
Classroom of the Future
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Why did you create this innovation?
I saw the potential to disrupt the existing model of teacher-led instruction from the front of the class. I wanted to create a space where knowledge and skills could co-exist, a space that was engaging and practical. Too many students are passive in lessons, too many teachers teach front the front of the classroom. I wanted to shake this model up and illuminate a viable alternative.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Students work in teams of four. They work in clusters on projects and concepts. When they arrive in the Future Classroom, they are assigned a role within their team; leader, scribe, presenter & data analysis. The roles align with industry and require a transdisciplinary approach to learning.
From the offset, students have access to warm technology. I have partnered with Epson, CatchBox, SamComs Innovation, Biotecture, RedBox VR and Gratnell's to equip the room with 3D modeling, Augmented and Virtual Reality, engagement microphones, living plant walls, and a live aquaponics project based on the STEAM principles. The room is surrounded by whiteboards which are the canvas for creation. Students work on a problem, such as; carbon absorption in Science, and create a presentation to pitch by the end of the lesson. This gives a real-world context to the learning, an approach that has attracted global interest in the project.
How has it been spreading?
Phase 1 is complete with five sponsors onboard with student survey data and staff training complete. This information has been shared via podcasts, blog posts, and newspaper articles which I can share. The goals for phase 1 was to open the Future Classroom and experiment with the new technology to find a place it could exist alongside high-quality teacher instruction. This included partnering with Ed-tech companies and start-ups that include; CatchBox, RedBox VR, SatComs Innovation, Biotecture, and Gratnells. We installed a plant wall and monitored 7 learning variables via a 'Learnometer' to assess CO2 levels and effects on learners' focus and retention.
Phase 2 goes live in January 2021 and is set to include biometrics, a hologram teacher & floor projection as we strive to innovate.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Get in touch with Alex More via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the blog at www.educationalshipsters.com
Check out the YouTube Channel at Mr. More PE or find me on LinkedIn: Alex More, Lead Teacher of Innovation in Teaching & Learning at Shaftesbury School