Thursday, 17 July 2014

New FREE edition of Learning Spaces Magazine


We are delighted that the new edition of the online "Learning Spaces" magazine is now out - our third edition in a year.  This edition has a definite international theme and has several aticles from around the world as well as the UK.

the-learning-crowd has now edited three of these and received some great feedback.  Please do click on the link below for your free trial edition.

 http://www.teachingtimes.com/publications/learning-spaces.htm

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Daylight.. or not

I am still amazed and incredibly depressed to see schools blocking up large windows to provide additional display space.  The other side of this window is a classroom that is so dark that it resembles a cave - with a total explosion of display - some quite old and fading.  The benefit that this borrowed light into the classroom would bring  has been totally lost.

We all know that light and daylight especially is really important for young people and their learning - and that the latest research shows that young pupils like creative attractive display but not too much of it - rather zoned, organised and neat.

To increase acres of more display at the loss of additional natural light is a surely a tragedy.

Tottenham UTC nearing completion..



View from the main reception

It's been great watching the new Tottenham UTC nearing completion - a recent tour saw flooring being put down and infrastructure installations nearing completion.  I am pleased to have been involved throughout this project as Chair of the Design User Group and to see it nearing completion is a good feeling.

This UTC is being built inside an office block - whilst creating  range of significant limitations it has also ensured that learning spaces are large, (very large in some cases), light and airy allowing a wide range of innovative teaching and learning styles. The fab architects are 'Surface to Air' and contractors: Kier.

Sponsored by the Middlesex University Engineering Dept and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, its specialism is 'Technology and Science for Sport, Health and Engineering.    Other sponsors include; Festo, National Instruments, Fusion Lifestyle, Mindsets UK and the Tottenham Hotspure Foundation.

The Tottenham UTC will give students a grounding in the generic science skills required in industry, especially reflecting the rise of digital technology. Some of the science education will be delivered through the prisms of sport and health, ensuring students have the grounding required to work in associated fields such as Sports Science and Health Technologies.

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