Creating your Learning Environment

I asked you to revise your portfolios–I left some comments for further revision on the assignment checklist. I also asked you to complete your two reading assignments over the weekend. I hope that you were able to work on these tasks.

Today we will keep working on your floor planning. Your task is:

  • Option 1: Create a plan for your classroom
    Using Floorplanner, create your future classroom learning environment design. On your Google portfolio site, describe your design along with your reasoning.
  • Option 2: Create a plan for a future learning space
    Using your own chosen software, create your own plan (and product) for demonstrating your ability to design a learning space that facilitates “meaningful learning with technology” (e.g., transportation, library, amusement park, work place, home, and so on)

Here are some student examples from previous years:

Have you explored some examples? Did you find your model example somewhere? Take some time to google, and share the examples here .Like I said, you can start with Gretchen’s Pinterest board (you don’t need a Pinterest account to view it). Analyze it and share your model example here. You may want to read about the Georgia Department of Education’s Center for Classroom Innovation – how does this information change the layout of your classroom?

We’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like, but you are welcome to use other tools.

  1. Create your account.
  2. Complete the 12-step tutorial to help you learn more about how to use the tool. You’ll need to click on tutorial to the left of the screen. You may also want to watch this video to help you get started. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floor plan.
  3. Create a graphic of your classroom.
  4. After creating your ideal learning environment, create a screen shot of the image. You don’t know how to take a screen shot? Don’t worry. You can follow these directions.
  5. Insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page.
  6. Respond to the following directly on your “Learning Environment” web page:Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

FOR Friday:
1. Your learning environment plan is due 1/28/2013 (Monday). If you would like to have my comments and revise it, send it to me (cotton93@gmail.com) by Friday.

2. Read Ch 3 from Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting learning with technology : essentials of classroom practice. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall. You can find this chapter in our Readings Dropbox Folder. As you are reading the chapter, write 2 questions you would ask of a student if you had assigned the reading. Share these questions here.

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