I would like to start this blog talking about the importance of reflecting on the learning spaces where our students currently are.
Learning based on projects, corners, gamification, flipped classroom, indagative learning … There are many new methodologies and pedagogical strategies that are currently used in educational centers, and most of them are focused on an active, participative and collaborative learning of the students. All of them, together with more classic methodologies, such as the masterful explanation, are confined in a flexible way in the classrooms. In addition, the protagonists and elements that configure the teaching-learning activity are not the same as in the last century: students, professors, contents, resources, digital technology …
Even so, the space to learn in school has not experienced practically changes with respect to its configuration and structure. Most of the classrooms are structured in a traditional way, usually in rows and columns of chairs and tables, before the teacher’s table and the blackboard, to respond to a single methodology: the masterful exposition.
The traditional classrooms must be reconsidered definitively. The learning space in the school also requires adapting to the new contexts and resources that we have at our disposal, such as digital technology, which are part of our reality with increasing intensity.
Finally, SMART CLASSROOM project, is a research project that addresses this topic, and aims to co-design, implement and evaluate the organization and structure (interior architecture and design) of classroom models, the sub-spaces that configure them and the resources that fill them , paying special attention to the didactic and invisible integration of ICT