Personalized Learning & PBL Category 3

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Personalized Learning and Project Based Learning articles

*All articles are available upon request by emailing info@edvisions.org

Category 3: Personalized work space for each student.

A.D. (2015). Lockers give way to charging stationsDistrict Administration51(10), 18.

The article reports on the removal of high school lockers at Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia and were replaced with benches for students to charge mobile devices.

Carter, K. (2017). 5 dispositions for personalizationEducational Leadership74(6), 75-78

The author talks about personalizing learning by referring to his experience of starting a video production class by having the class identify different ways they could demonstrate course knowledge and skills. Topics discussed include role of technology in public education, creating individual lesson plans for each student by teachers, and importance of communication between students and teachers.

Kennedy, M. (2015). Becoming more flexibleAmerican School & University88(2), 24-26.

The article discusses how schools and universities in the U.S. can support multiple learning styles. It suggests that schools be outfitted with furniture that can be easily move without eating valuable class time. It notes that classroom spaces must be flexible and adaptable to accommodate to changes in tactics. It mentions the importance of improving nooks in corridors of schools.

Lippman, P. C. (2013). Collaborative spacesThe Journal40(1), 32-37.

The article describes how spaces can be designed to support, inspire, and motivate K-12 students as they acquire knowledge and master skills as part of a community of learners. As not only the physical learning environment but also social relationships and cultural values play an important role in students' level of engagement in learning, the need to consider such aspects in planning the physical environment, the spatial design, and the information technologies to support a variety of collaboration spaces is pointed out. An example of how to create a differentiated and integrated learning space is presented. The attributes of collaborative spaces are cited as well as considerations for choosing educational technology and furniture.

Rydeen, J. E. (2012). ZoN classroom 2021American School & University84(10), 41.

The article focuses on the aspects of the ZoN: The Classroom of 2021 learning environment. The author mentions that ZoN is a technology-rich environment, wherein students and coaches collaborate and discuss individual learning programs. He adds that ZoN has various space design concepts including sustainable teaching tool, flexibility and outdoor learning space.

Vredevoogd, J. (2012). Rethinking learning spaces. Chief Learning Officer11(6), 70.

The article focuses on learning space design to improve learning experiences. It states that an analysis of data from the Learning Spaces Research Program from 2007-2011 found an 18 percent increase in student engagement in learning studios compared to classrooms. Strategic education consultant Susan Whitmer commented on how learning studios allow instructors to connect with the class which allows students to master skills in a more collaborate way.