The Develop zone is a space for informal learning and self-reflection. Students can carry out school work independently at their own pace, but they can also learn informally while concentrating on their own interests outside of the formal classroom settings both at school and at home. By providing ways to foster self-directed learning, the school supports learners’ self-reflection and meta-cognition skills. The school encourages its students towards true lifelong learning by acknowledging and validating informal learning.

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Future classroom learning places much importance on the ability to collaborate with others. The teamwork takes place while investigating, creating and presenting. The quality of collaboration is composed of ownership, shared responsibility and decision-making process within groups. ICT can help to create a richer way of communication and collaboration. Collaboration in the 21st century classroom is not limited to face-to-face and synchronous communication, but can take place online and also asynchronously.

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In the future classroom, the teacher can use technology to enhance interactivity and student participation in traditional learning spaces. One challenge of the traditional classroom setting is getting all students actively involved; technology enables each and every pupil to contribute. Solutions vary from individual devices like tablets and smartphones, to interactive whiteboards and interactive learning content. In the Interact zone, learning involves both teachers’ and students’ active engagement.

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The students of the classroom of the future will need a different set of tools and skills to present, deliver, and obtain feedback on their work. The presentation and delivery of the pupils’ work has to be factored into the planning of lessons, allowing students to add a communicative dimension to their work. Sharing of the results can be supported by a dedicated area for interactive presentations that, through its design and layout, encourages interaction and feedback. Online publication and sharing are also encouraged, allowing the students to become accustomed to using online resources, and familiarising themselves with the principles of eSafety.

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The future classroom allows the students to plan, design, and produce their own work – for example, a multimedia production or a presentation. In the Create zone, simple repetition of information is not enough: students work with real knowledge-building activities. Interpretation, analysis, teamwork, and evaluation are important parts of the creative process.

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In the future classroom, students are encouraged to discover for themselves; they are given the opportunity to be active participants rather than passive listeners. In the Investigate zone, teachers can promote inquiry- and project-based learning to enhance students’ critical thinking skills. The flexible furniture supports this concept, and the physical zone can be reconfigured quickly to enable work in groups, pairs, or individually. New technology gives an added value to the research by providing rich, versatile and real-life data, and also by providing tools to examine and to analyse.

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