SmartLabs: Designing 21st Century Learning Spaces in District 6

As the needs of each generation of learners change, their learning environments must also change.

Imagine a traditional, teacher-centered learning space. The desks are arranged neatly in rows, facing the whiteboard, while the teacher lectures at the front of the room. Students pass notes, doze, and doodle while only partially engaging in the lesson - if at all. The teacher is responsible for managing and organizing all the materials, retrieving the appropriate materials for each activity, and maintaining the overall function of the classroom.