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Victorian Institute of Teaching. (N.D.) The Effect of the Physical Learning Environment on Teaching and Learning.

Research has shown that the physical environment of students learning environment does effect achievement. Significant improvements in the learning environment attributed to better attitudes for teaching and learning.

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Lippman, P. (2010) Can the Physical Environment have an Impact on the Learning Environment? OECD.

This report challenges traditional architectural designs for learning environments.  A  responsive design approach moves away from teacher centered learning and creates learning spaces that are conducive to social interaction and use of 21st century technology.

 

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Horn, M. B. & Staker, H. (2011). The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning. Innosight Institute.

Most of the growth is in online learning is occurring in blended-learning environments, in which students learn online in an adult-supervised environment at least part of the time. As this happens, online learning has the potential to transform America’s education system by serving as the backbone of a system that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students. Tips and strategies to incorporate blended learning into the school environment are included in this report.

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Barakos, L., Lujan, V. & Strang, C. (2012). Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Catalyzing Change Amid the Confusion. Center on Instruction.

This document offers an overview of the role of STEM in current educational improvement efforts and provides a brief history of STEM initiatives and publications.  The document captures important trends, clarifies the goals and approaches of STEM initiatives, and presents several important considerations for state and district educators in developing STEM programs that serve the needs of their students.

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Yoo, T. (2008). Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century. Cisco.

The future growth and stability of the global economy depends on the ability of education systems around the world to prepare all students for career opportunities and help them attain higher levels of achievement. This guide provides tips to engage in a new paradigm of 21st century learning; one that will require a holistic transformation of education systems. A vision for the local journey is specified.

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Education Week (2010). How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?. Education Week.

The term “21st-century skills” refers to core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving.   Those who advocate for the teaching of 21st-century skills believe that developing such skills will help students thrive in today’s world. In a broader sense, however, the idea of what learning in the 21st century should look like is open to interpretation—and controversy. To get a sense of how views on the subject align, Education Week asked a range of education experts to define 21st-century learning from their own perspectives.

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Kay, K. (2011). The Seven Steps to Becoming a 21st Century School or District. Edutopia.

Focusing on the “4C’s” (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity), this article describes seven steps by which schools can foster learning and leadership in the 21st century. A video discusses the possibilities of 21st century learning.

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New Learning Institute (2012). Technology and 21st Century Learning. New Learning Institute.

These videos examine how the latest technologies — including mobile and digital technologies — can potentially transform young people’s educational experience. The videos include thought-provoking ideas, and argue for the urgency of “releasing” students from traditional American models of schooling. These videos also suggest that the key to transforming contemporary education rests in giving students the tools to produce, share, and evaluate their own knowledge.