How to Gain the Benefits of Next Gen Learning Spaces

You know research has shown that classroom design has a big impact on academic success. What should you look at to create classrooms that support 21st century learners?


Proponents of new best practices in classroom design to support effective 21st century learning agree that flexible furnishings and collaborative technology are critical to student success. Research* has shown that 73% of the variation in student performance can be attributed to design factors that:

  • Provide for physical comfort – such as temperature, lighting and comfortable seating
  • Provide visual stimulation – in a vibrant way that balances color and complexity
  • Enable individuality – allowing for personalization and the flexibility to adapt to support a variety of activities and teaching approaches

Mobility, choice of seating and providing breakout zones have been found to be of particular importance. Recommendations include offering:

  • Selective seating – couches, floor pillows, bean bag chairs, and traditional chair/desk combos
  • Mobility – bookshelves and other wheeled furnishings that can be easily rearranged
  • Collaborative configurations – combine desks or use larger tables in place of individual workspaces
  • Huddle spaces – offer convenient group seating plus technology to facilitate small group collaboration and content sharing
What you'll need

What you’ll need to create a 21st century learning space:

  • Interactive display – for front-of-room viewing plus collaboration. Options include interactive flat panels, interactive projectors, and retrofit interactive kits for select LightStream® projectors.
  • Interactive software – bring robust interactive capabilities to existing flat panel displays with ViewBoard® for Education
  • Content sharing – gain efficient wireless sharing from personal or school-issued devices with ViewSync® 3 interactive presentation gateway; ViewStick2 HDMI adapter/AutoProject app; and Solstice collaboration software
  • Huddle spaces – combine ViewSonic smart displays, interactive displays/projectors & content sharing to offer small group spaces for active learning

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