Where are you teaching?

January 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Review: Who are you teaching?

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why?
  • How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?

Where are you teaching?  – Creating a Learning Environment

This small project is to get you start thinking about where you will be teaching.

Discuss with your group:

  • What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like?
  • What will you be doing in the room?
  • Who will be there?
  • What do you need in the room? Or is there a room? Will you be outdoors?


Read this article: 21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

Let’s see what you all think about these things that will go obsolete?

Go to PollEv.com/eunbae and select the items that you think will be gone by in ten years. You can select as many items as you wish.

Additionally, read about the Georgia Department of Education’s Center for Classroom Innovation

How did reading these articles change your thoughts about your learning environment?

Classroom Layout

Now, you will create a layout of your classroom (or wherever it may be) using a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner but you are welcome to use other tools.

The best thing to do is to create an account in Floorplanner (so you can return to your floor plan if you don’t finish it in class) and then go through the 12-step tutorial so you’ll know exactly what you can do with the tool. Because you are using the free version you will only be able to create one floor plan.

You can see an example of a classroom layout here.

Assignment: My Classroom

1. How to submit: Create a new page in your portfolio called, “Learning Environment.”

2. What to submit: Once you have the classroom layout created using Floorplanner, attach the image to the Learning Environment page.  Then, describe your learning environment: Keeping an audience in mind (students and/or parents), give a narrative for your classroom layout – What is the room for? Who will be using the room? What would students do in the room? What are some highlights of the room? Why you designed the room in this particular way?  How it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum? What is the role of technology in your classroom? Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

3. When to submit: My Learning Environment is due Monday, January 27th 2014 11:59 pm EST.

4. Tips:  Spend some time exploring images of classrooms. Ask a few friends about their favorite classrooms. What made them special? Arrangement of the desks, a reading loft, a couch?  Think of the readings about tomorrow’s classroom. How does this new information change the layout of your classroom?


  • We will discuss what you are teaching next class.
  • Read the introduction (only the introduction) to the National Educational Technology plan. You can find the plan in our Readings dropbox folder.

For next Thursday

Read Bray, B., & McClaskey, K. (2013). A step-by-step guide to personalized learning. Learning & Leading with Technology40(7), 12-19.  You can find this article in the May 2013 issue of Learning & Leading with Technology in our Readings DropBox folder. This article directly relates to a large portion of what you read from the NETP. It is also a good introduction for the 20% Project you’ll begin working on later next week.


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