Pedagogy Drives Change

  To be employed at a school with newly designed facilities is uncommon. Most educators inherit a teaching space that is relatively fixed and is likely to be a manifestation of an educational experience whose time has Read More »

Whiteboard Tables: I Need One… Yesterday!

Whiteboard tables are being introduced into progressive classrooms and schools all over the world. The movement towards writeable tables is driven by a desire to create spaces that enrich collaboration and empower visible thinking. Teachers want them and students love Read More »

See, Hear and Breathe: What Matters in Learning Spaces

Despite there still being a great deal of debate about empirical research related to modern learning environments, there does seem to be some common trends coming through*. Light matters. Natural light is the way to Read More »

Learning Spaces: Does the Emperor Wear No Clothes?

Learning spaces are an intangible yet vital X factor in education. Beyond the data, what evidence supports the learning spaces movement?

Modern Learning Spaces for Everyone: Extrovert & Introvert

Can modern learning spaces be differentiated for all learners; extrovert and introvert? One might easily argue that the modern classroom is very much taking a page from the modern office space. Offices and schools alike Read More »

The Case for Time

I recently read George Couros' post expounding on the importance of not only space in modern learning environments, but also time. I couldn’t agree more with Corous’ thesis. I think that while the redesign of Read More »

21st Century Skills… via Modern Learning Environments

In his seminal 2006 TED Talk, subsequently viewed on the TED website over 30 million times, Sir Ken Robinson said: “If you think of it, children starting school this year will be retiring in 2065. Read More »

Designing for Risk

I recently attended a learning spaces conference in Singapore. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka, known for his TED talk "The best Kindergarten you've ever seen". It was Read More »

Three Classroom Design Tips to Maximize Learning

Busy days rearranging furniture and organizing resources characterise the build up to a new school year. Mix in a pinch of nervous energy and a whole lot of good intention and teachers can spend hours, indeed dozens of Read More »

Cognitive Dissonance and the Flexible Classroom

Teaching in an extremely flexible classroom allows teachers to purposefully redesign their environment to tailor to a specific lesson. Whether that's setting the stage for collaboration, conversation or viewing the furnishings within the space are Read More »

Breaking Out of Your Cell

Modern education has moved beyond the confines of traditional and industrial age classrooms as it responds to an interconnected and rapidly changing globalized world. Bells, cells and the onset of the modern classroom At the Read More »

Field Trips as Learning Environments

While the four walls of a classroom often dominate this blog it is incredibly important to understand that while clever design can stimulate learning, so can the well designed use of the environment outside your Read More »

The Flexible Classroom

When we talk about Modern Learning Environments one of the biggest buzz words is 'flexibility'. Modern learning spaces need to turn on a dime and work for a variety of purposes. With that in mind- Read More »

How Flexible Furnishings Motivate

A well-designed learning space should have a motivating effect on the students, teachers and community members who interact with it. If we accept that space can be used to boost motivation then this surely needs to be Read More »

Classroom Audit: Take Another Look at Your Teaching Space

Looking to improve the impact that the third teacher has on your teaching and learning? We are pleased to offer a simple resource that provides you with structure for an audit of your classroom spaces. We Read More »

The Coolest EDU Space Products Around!

So money's no object?- Lucky you... Here are 6 awesome products you'd love in your learning space. The Hokki Stool by VS - A simply designed stool with a twist- a rounded base that allows Read More »

Discard the Desk- Collapsing the hierarchy

A few weeks back a parent met with a colleague of mine regarding their child. The meeting went well and the conversation quickly turned towards the classroom redesigns that had taken place across ES homerooms Read More »

Desks vs. Tables

In modern learning environments there is a fundamental shift occurring. The change is quite simple and is actually cost-saving for the schools and work environments that are getting onboard. It is all about moving from desks Read More »

5 Questions to Spark Your Classroom Reboot

September has just begun and for most of us it is time to head back to school for a new school year. The new school years offers us many opportunities, especially when we consider setting Read More »

Getting it all done – Hacking Furnishings

Redesigning your learning space doesn’t have to be a terribly expensive project. There are lots of opportunities to create unique furnishings that will fit your space by being creative and resourceful. Buying from established furniture Read More »