Media and Learning 2011

What is a Creative Classroom and what does it take to make one?

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Join Yves Punie, IPTS leader of the Up-Scaling Creative Classrooms in Europe (SCALE CCR) Project to discuss what it takes to set up truly creative learning environments. What role do media play in the mix? Is it just a case of moving the furniture or are we talking about more fundamental change…

The IPTS SCALE CCR project aims to further define the concept of 'Creative Classrooms' (CCR) and to provide a better understanding of ICT-enabled innovation in Education and Training (E&T) that can be brought to scale, in a cost-effective way.

This session will include input from Riina Vuorikari, European SchoolNet about iTEC - Designing the Future Classroom.

Moderator: Bart Verswijvel, Future Classroom Lab, Belgium

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Bart Verswijvel

This space is available to discuss what it takes to set up truly creative learning environments. What role do media play in the mix? Is it just a case of moving the furniture or are we talking about more fundamental change… what do you think?

Jim Devine

The 'Creative Classroom' concept of course has a particular meaning in EU policy and Commission circles, pragmatic, but in my view perhaps still a little too narrow in focus. The emphasis is on how digital media and technologies can be integrated in a transformative way into our school systems and on how the school-home, formal-informal continuums can be harnessed so that learning opportunities are seamless, personalised and supported/mentored whenever they need to be. In framing it this way, an underlying frustration is evident: after years of throwing money at 'ICT/Innovation' projects, little seems to have changed. And yet, everything has changed, at least in the lived digital lives of students! Perhaps we should turn the creative classrooms definition 180degrees and think about a creative classroom in terms of a space (real or virtual) where creative things are happening.That means we have to think about how we physically design spaces...the flexibility we need to make them more like studios or workshops, that can be configured in different ways to suit different purposes. Sometimes the activities in a creative classroom have nothing to do with technology. But of course, so much creativity nowadays is mediated by technologies of one kind or another, so our spaces have to be richly digitally enabled. The time is right to focus on the wider attributes of creativity and to stop looking for things to do with our ever expanding panoply of technologies and devices.


14 - 15 November 2011 Flemish Ministry of Education Headquarters, Brussels
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