By Sarah Avery, Community Advocate, Educator
Community and school libraries across the nation are transforming their mission from only providing textual forms of information to inspiring discovery through the use of collaborative makerspaces. Companies, like Google and AOL utilize open office space designs to enhance creativity and innovation through a combination of relaxing, play, and work areas.
What do these different “organizations” have in common? Innovative and modern interior design. Libraries and companies that have already embraced the transition from traditional work, learning, and educational environments to those of the future have also updated their interior design. From single desks or cubes to open floor spaces with round tables. From white walled rooms with poor indoor lighting to large, airy, brightly colored rooms with large windows. These new spaces contain a variety of seating choices with deliberately sectioned spaces for a multitude of purposes, efficiently transforming outdated working spaces into modern spaces designed to promote the skills needed for the 21st Century.
Developing a culture of innovation, a generation of creative individuals, a world in harmony through the advancement and efficiency of technology will propel our nation into the 21st Century. This dream for the future begins in our classrooms.
At Zulama, we promote the development and growth of 21st Century skills through our collaborative, blended learning environments facilitated by teachers and administrators. Take a look below to see their learning spaces. What similarities can you see between their classrooms and the modern offices of Google and AOL? The Makerspaces designed by libraries? How can we, across the nation, work to change the face of modern education without first changing the spaces close to our hearts?
When deciding to update classrooms, there are many companies to turn to for furniture and resources. However, how do we know the additions to our rooms will really help? Check out this infographic by Hertz Furniture on how classroom design affects student behavior.
When updating, also consider the color of your classroom. When thinking of classrooms, we often think of rooms with white walls… but there are other options! For more information on color theory and the psychology of color, check out this infographic from Design 55.
Looking to include your students in the design process, but not sure where to start? Create a mini-unit on the history of interior design! Check out the video below from iconwallstickers.co.uk for some ideas: