21st Century Classroom – the beginning.

Today was a big day. After a very stressful couple of months breaking my neck to get the kids through SATs I finally got into my new classroom.

For those that don’t follow my Twitter feed (@mrkp) we have recieved a grant to create a ‘transformational learning space’ in our school. The theory is that in a couple of years we will be moving to a new all singing all dancing new build school, as such over the next two years my role is to try and develop a new pedagogy for such spaces. This really does present lots of exciting new opportunities. The basic layout is as follows :
– one large classroom linked through double doors to the year six classroom
– a large double stock cupboard that can be used as a mini breakout space
– a larger breakout space with interactive whiteboard and projector
– a large decked outdoor area with canopy and outdoor plasma screen
– a plasma display wall
– two 77″ smartboards aide by side to run multiple windows
– a tablet pc to wirelessly control everthing
– a switch system so that children’s umpcs can be projected onto the different whiteboards
– 1 to one access to umpcs for each child.

Needless to say I was very excited to take on such a project. The possibilities of changing the way in which I interact with the children and the way that they interact with their learning are endless. My head has been constantly buzzing with ideas.

Today however the reality of what I’ve taken on finally hit home. I walked into the classroom to find that it was completely bare. This shouldn’t have suprised me as it was a community space previously next to my old room. What was a little worrying though was that there was no sign of any of the kit! I’m sure that it will get sorted out soon enough but there’s only a week and a half before term starts!

Not only that but I hadn’t realised just how much stuff you need in a room, bookshelves, drawers etc etc

I think that I’ve made some progress today but it does look like a bombsite. I’ll blog more about the experience as things go along. Hopefully next time the post will be more to do with practical ideas once again but everything has to have a beginning!