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12 Things Schools Could Be Instead Of Schools

John Jefferson Aug 28, 2019
There are several ways to transform a traditional learning environment. Check out a few of the innovational formats which schools of the future might most probably acquire.
It is clear that public schooling underperforms and has problems which should be resolved to bring educational system to a new level as per social demands. Students deserve better learning conditions and academic activities which would satisfy their needs and ensure their personal growth.
When talking about a school, people usually imagine boring lectures, chalk blackboards, heavy backpacks, exams, and depressing routine. It is time to get rid of this outdated image. Experts from Pro-Papers believe that there are at least 12 ways to transform a traditional learning environment.

1. Project-Based Learning Center

PBL presupposes that students should spend most of the learning time considering cases and solving hypothetical problems instead of receiving information passively.

Many public schools already use PBL techniques by supplementing theoretical lectures with practical seminars.
Traditional forms like standard testing should be replaced by personalized assessment. Professors should act as coordinators, help learners to perform group projects to build relations, encourage discussions and cooperation, motivate students to express ideas and develop talents.

2. Amazing Library

The emphasis is on literacy, self-directed learning, accessibility of information presented in text, visual, audio formats. Libraries in future should create customized conditions for students, use advanced technologies to store and share data, provide it quick on learners’ request.
Such educational centers have a student-centered model, in contrast to tradition librarian-centered schools.

3. Learning Studio

Learning studio is a small, cozy educational environment having much in common with coffee shops and co-workings popular today. There should be no strict schedule and dividing students into classes by age. Everyone may come to a learning studio and use resources offered, consult peers and mentors.
This helps to create strong relationships between participants in the educational process. Students start feeling that school is their second home and do not take academic responsibilities as duty.
Taking into account the fact that much money was spent on developing the public schooling system, it makes no sense to get rid of existing infrastructure. It seems much more reasonable to create cozy, small, intimate, learning zones in traditional classes.

4. Program Management Center

More attention is paid to mentorship. Each student should have an individual curator analyzing one’s strengths and weaknesses, offering options for self-development, compiling customized curricula and programs corresponding to mentee’s goals.
There should be no such thing as mass lectures. A school is a place where young people meet with their mentors at the time agreed by these two.

5. Place-Based Learning Center

This format has much in common with the first one. Learning activities are also focused on projects. In addition, educators should create a space similar to a think tank, a kind of a neighborhood resource for learners and their families.

6. Maker Space

Learners may seek tech-based solutions, solve philosophical problems, engage in crafts and arts. Their main goal is to create some product (no matter physical or digital, useful or whimsical), develop can-do mindset, and start creating goods instead of simply consuming them.

7. Self-Directed Learning System

Such schools are similar to learning studios. But educators pay increased attention to students’ independent work and the freedom of action, and strive to create full personalized academic space for everyone.

8. Literacy Center

Academic activities are directed at developing specific literacy skills. Learners are taught to read, write, process large volumes of digitalized information, conduct efficient research, articulate their thoughts, and persuade interlocutors.
Much attention is paid to digital citizenship, cyber safety, and netiquette. Also, educators create a multicultural environment allowing to study multiple languages. Young people communicate online with foreign students using video conferencing.

9. Living Museum

Visitors to a museum can interact with exhibits. An environment reacts to students’ actions and requests. Such living and breathing space with sensor surfaces, simulations, and virtual reality elements provides unforgettable impressions and bright emotions.

10. Internship-Driven Organization

Such schools should consolidate theoretical knowledge, help learners to acquire hands-on experience, and get ready for first career steps. These organizations may be curated by large companies striving to educate staff, corresponding to their needs and specificity.

11. Blended Learning Center

While experts argue whether on-campus or online learning is better, blended schools use advantages of both formats to create the most productive educational model. As a rule, students participate in joint lab experiments and study theoretical material at home.

12. Any Combination of the Above

These options may be combined to create something new and unusual. For example, project-based learning centers operating in living museums are called imagination spaces.