Rooms with a view
The future is now
How will schools look like in 2025? Will students be allowed to bring their own devices? Will there be open wifi at all times? Will schools still stick to the system of boxes containing one age group, one subject and one time slot? Will learning take place in traditional classrooms or will there be open and flexible spaces? Will there be more learning without the direct supervision of teachers? Will the traditional role of teachers have diversified?
Some schools and Ministries of Education in Europe are already dealing with these questions. All will have to face the nowadays and upcoming challenges for education.
The Future Classroom in Brussels is a center where all stakeholders in this matter can discuss and reflect. At the same time they are immersed in a classroom lab that contains a wide range of innovative equipment while being embedded in new ideas for learning.
I was very happy to welcome visitors from my own school yesterday. Students and teachers, the ICT coordinator and the school head of the Immaculata Instituut (Malle, Belgium) all took part in the same learning activity I organized for them. The theme of the day was Redesigning School. During the activities all participants learned from each other, shared views and expertise, and… had fun.
Schools are like families. There is harmony when all voices are heard, when members feel connected and respected. Decisions on the future of education should not only be taken top down by Ministries of Education and School Boards. Teachers but also students must contribute to the design of the school of the future. And the future is now.
Ownership is crucial in developing schools where students and staff can build 21st Century skills.