Jan 22, 2010

Classroom of the Future: Orchestrating Collaborative Spaces (Interesting book!)


I'd like to share a link to a new book that looks worth reading:  "Classroom of the Future:  Orchestrating Collaborative Spaces".


I follow the blogs of two of the book's authors.   Stefano Baraldi is  a researcher and consultant in the field of HCI, and  Albrecht Schmidt, a professor and chair of pervasive computing and User Interface Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.



"The future of the classroom is an issue that essentially concerns many of us as students, parents, taxpayers, policymakers, teachers, design professionals, or researchers. A glance at the history of pedagogical practice reveals, however, that despite rapid developments in the outside world, classrooms have evolved very little over the years. While our understanding of learning and favourable learning environments has substantially improved and technological innovations are offering a variety of new possibilities, it still seems that most of today’s schools and universities remain more or less unaffected by these developments.

This book brings together the perspectives of researchers, architects, technical designers, and teachers on emerging theoretical and technological developments pertaining to the classroom of the future.

Innovative ideas are offered on how new technologies and learning approaches can be integrated into schools. It challenges us to think of learning spaces in a new way. Classroom of the Future is of interest to researchers and students, designers and educators across various disciplines including education, cognitive, social and educational psychology, didactics, computer science and design as well as to parents and policymakers." (Publisher's description)
Free preview of the book (1st chapter)






For your convenience, the book's table of contents:




1. The Classroom of the future - an introduction ......................................................1
Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl, Jan Zottmann, Frederic Kaplan and Frank Fischer

Part I: Learning Spaces Shaped by Instructional, Classroom, and School Building Design
2. The classroom of the past .................................................................................15
Andreas Schratzenstaller
3. Spaces for learning — schools for the future?     ...................................................41
Joanna Sutherland and Rosamund Sutherland

Part II: Facilitating Learning Using Technology-Enhanced Objects and Furniture
4. Taking teaching beyond the classroom: Pervasive computing technologies
for the classroom of the future    ..........................................................................63
Paul Holleis, Albrecht Schmidt, Heiko Drewes, Richard Atterer and Petra Dollinger
5. Making the classroom a play-ground for knowledge         ................. .....................87
Stefano Baraldi
6. Computer support for children’s collaborative story-making in the classroom...........115
Giulia Gelmini Hornsby
7. Scriptable classrooms ......................................................................................141
Frederic Kaplan and Pierre Dillenbourg

Part III: Knowledge Building in Virtual and Physical Learning Spaces
8. Knowledge communities in the classroom of the future........................................163
Nicolae Nistor
9. Digital cultural heritage to support novel activities in the classroom of the future...181
Lily Díaz and Lotta Partanen

Part IV: Joint Efforts for Designing and Implementing Future Spaces of Learning
10. Designing tomorrow’s classroom with today’s teachers ........................................199
Andreas Lingnau
11. Evolving the classrooms of the future: The interplay of pedagogy, technology
and community ...................................................................................................215
Jim Slotta

Part V: Discussion
12. Turning the classroom of the future into the classroom of the present..................245
Ingo Kollar
List of contributors..............................................................................................257
Author index.......................................................................................................259
Subject index......................................................................................................267

Stefano Baraldi's blog:  On the Tabletop
Albrecht Schmidt's blog:  User Interface Engineering


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