Technology is a key aspect of the school of the future, although it does not drive learning. Rather it is a support and a tool that is used for a specific purpose rather than “for technology’s sake.” In a future-ready school, solving a particular problem may require technology one moment and Popsicle sticks and glue the next.

That said, personalized education, where each student works on unique problems and projects, tackles new subjects at his or her own pace, and moves forward only when reaching competency, goes hand-in-hand with technology. The ultimate goal is for schools to implement 1:1 programs where all children are in reach of a tablet or other mobile device 24/7, no matter where they are, and are never far from digital resources.

Schools of the Future looks at the spaces designed for learning as well as the shifts in curriculum, educators' role in learning, and learning models and materials.

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Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • The School of the Future: An Introduction
    • What is the School of the Future?
      • A Move toward Student-Led Learning
      • Technology Supports Learning
      • A Comfortable and Collaborative Environment
      • Transformation in Teacher-Leadership
    • What is Driving the Changes?
    • Potential Challenges Ahead
    • A Fragmented Landscape of Change
  • Curriculum and Content
    • 21st Century Learning Models
      • Personalized Learning
      • Blended Learning
      • Hands-on Learning
      • Cross-Disciplinary and Multi-Age Learning
      • College, Career, and Community
    • Impact on Instructional Materials
      • Growth in Digital Resources
      • Kits and Components for Hands-on Learning
      • Free and Open-Source Materials
      • Assessments
    • Scheduling for 21st Century Learning
    • Educators' Changing Role
      • Impacts on Professional Learning
      • Hiring for Change
      • Role of the Librarian
  • Technology and Tools
    • A Digital Environment
      • Devices for All
      • Digital Content and Resources
    • Tech Tools For Schools of the Future
      • 3D printers
      • Robotics
      • Virtual and Augmented Reality
      • Gamification
      • Other Technologies to Watch
  • A Look Ahead
    • Developing a Vision
    • Seeking Inspiration
    • Generating Educator Enthusiasm
    • Focusing on Flexibility
    • Other Considerations
      • Grassroots Growth
      • Supporting Expansion
      • Guiding the Transition
      • Promoting Partnerships
      • Time Management
    • The Future
  • Case Studies
    • Salt Lake City's Innovations Early College High School: Personalized
    • Albemarle County Schools: Grassroots Initiative Leads to District-wide Hands-on Learning Curriculum
    • South Fayette School District: School-to-Business Partnerships Foster Project-Based Learning
    • Evergreen Public Schools: Using Open-Source Math Resources in Lieu of a Commercial Core Program
    • Design Tech High School: Design Thinking as an Organization Principle
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • The School of the Future: An Introduction
    • What is the School of the Future?
      • A Move toward Student-Led Learning
      • Technology Supports Learning
      • A Comfortable and Collaborative Environment
    • What is Driving the Changes?
    • Potential Challenges Ahead
    • A Fragmented Landscape of Change
  • The Physical Space
    • New Building Projects
      • A Primary Goal: Flexibility
      • Common Configurations
      • Environmental and Other Attributes
    • Retrofitting Existing Spaces
      • Modernization and Renovation Projects
      • Alternatives to Large-Scale Renovation
      • The Role of the Library
    • Furniture and Furnishings
  • A Look Ahead
    • Developing a Vision
    • Soliciting Input from Stakeholders
    • Seeking Inspiration
    • Generating Educator Enthusiasm
    • Other Considerations
      • Focusing on Flexibility
      • Grassroots Growth
      • Change Need Not Be Costly
      • Promoting Partnerships
      • Time Management
  • Case Studies
    • Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center: New Building Supports Collaboration and Community
    • Red Oak Independent School District: Transforming Libraries to Learning Commons
    • Boulder Valley School District: Innovation as a Marriage of Curriculum and Physical Space
    • Frederick County Public Schools: Replacement Middle School Serves as Blueprint and Inspiration
    • Lexington County School District One: Creating a Cohesive Schools-ofthe- Future Plan