An important point to make is that, while some of the learning labs inspired by the FCL have chosen to adopt the FCL model of learning zones and even some of the FCL furniture, branding and visual identity, European Schoolnet is not trying to provide a prescriptive FCL ‘blueprint’ or suggest that all labs must be identical. On the contrary, it recognises that all such spaces must be adapted to the local context and local needs. European Schoolnet is also very conscious to promote the message that creating a FCL is just a first step in a more comprehensive change management process that will require teachers and school leaders to adapt classrooms and other potential learning spaces throughout the whole school.
The initial six learning zones exist in the FCL today and each of them focuses on a different approach or aspect of teaching and learning. They encourage those exploring the FCL to consider the physical space, resources, the changing roles of students and teachers, and how to support different learning styles. Collectively, the zones provide a way to visualise how different, innovative pedagogical approaches that incorporate ICT can be implemented in classrooms and across a whole school. The zones reflect what good teaching should be about: being connected, being involved, and being challenged.