The educator arranges furniture and space so students can easily transition from collaborative groups to direct instruction or individual work when using technology.
Based on a teacher’s outcome for a lesson, they arrange the class layout by implementing learning clusters (also known as “pods”) and/or learning zones to support the blended learning model, in which students rotate through technology-assisted activities.
Teachers who design an effective physical environment for technology-enabled learning improve the ability to personalize learning through the 1-to-1 device program.
Educator designs clusters in the learning environment that promote interactive and social activities. Clusters allow students to work in small groups of two to six, interact directly, see facial expressions, and establish eye contact.
Educator designs an area in a classroom for students to work in collaborative groups while others work independently. Learning zones allow students to move freely to the area that is appropriate for the type of work they are doing. Teacher can move from one area to another to inquire about new or retained information from students.
Learning Zone Examples:
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, as well as a “Yes” for Part 2.
(200-word limit for each question)
Please submit a sketch or a picture of your classroom layout (desk arrangement, learning spaces) and annotate the sketch or picture.
Suggested resources for this task include: Skitch/Evernote, Google Drawing, Apple Pages.
Example layout goal: Furniture and space in learner-centered classroom is arranged so students can easily transition from collaborative groups to direct instructions or to individual work.
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