There is a video (I'm planning on showing at a school design conference in 3 weeks) at the end of this post that I'd love feedback on by anyone with time/interest. Thanks ahead of time.
Preparing my keynote presentation for the CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) Southeast Regional Conference in early April in Myrtle Beach, SC, I've been re-working my "Designing School 2.0 --Agile Environments for Tomorrow's Learners" slide deck this week.
One of the unique opportunities is to re-think the entire premise of designing schools and 'learning spaces' that will be relevant for our collective futures.
Needless to say, this demands we balance 2 sides of our wish-list:
practical issues of construction costs, safety concerns, enrollment projections, long-term maintenance questions, funding strategies, traditional views of what 'school' looks like, etc.
opportunities to design 'schools as center of community', partnerships, new ideas re: learning styles & brain science, 'green' design, 'flex-spaces', emerging technologies, customizing learning opportunities for tomorrow's 'digital natives', etc.
With that in mind, I have been playing around with a variety of ways to engage a large conference keynote audience filled with architects, builders, and educational leaders -- that I won't be able to 'workshop' or casually talk with due to the size of the room -- that manages to speak to how learning in the future will be affected by both physical spaces and emerging technology/ideas
Less about providing specific answers, my keynote tries to provoke new questions for all of us who are racing to grasp what the future of school design & education will look like, no matter our roles.
Furthermore, I hope to try to bridge the gap that often arises between differently-focused experts working on design projects in an effort to foster a shared future-think language that ultimately supports learners & communities.
Now I come to the part where I'd love feedback from anyone w/ time:
During the opening 10 minutes of my presentation, I'll be showing the following video of a single toddler classroom. I'll then ask my audience to use their professional expertise to:
a) take notice of what they literally see design-wise inside this toddler classroom
b) to make design/construction suggestions as if the toddler classroom actually belonged to a client or a colleague.
Towards the end, I'll shift gears suddenly -- the 'Designing School 2.0' set-up -- in an effort to ask my audience to consider 'how' they're even able to watch these kids. Ultimately, this opens up the door for the design concept of 'school' as a 24/7, transparent, 2-way 'hub' of collaboration and interaction.
The rough time-line for this 10-minute video goes as follows:
Note: There is no soundtrack as I'll be talking with my audience and also asking them to idea-storm with folks sitting near them. Feel free to fast-forward (esp. during the 1-2 minute segments where you watch the kids move around the room without sound).
0:00 Let's visit Toddler Room #1.
0:11 As designers, builders, educators: what do you notice about this space? (1+ minute watch-n-notice)
1:51 As designers, builders, educators: what changes would you suggest if this were a client's or colleague's space? (1 min watch-n-brainstorm)
3:02 Share ideas with your group. (2+ min discussion @ your table)
5:57 How are we even able to 'see' these kids, 'see' this classroom?
6:12 The epiphany: whenever we want, wherever we are.
6:20 As designers, builders, educators: how does this change your view of the project?
6:45 If you could connect this easily to your child, how would it change your relationship?
6:58 Let's reverse the idea: Imagine if your students could connect this easily to the world of 21C ideas, 21C experts, 21C opportunities
7:14 What would the impact be on their futures? What would the impact be for your leadership?
7:24 Idea-storm (1min discussion)
8:29 These are the questions we must begin to ask ourselves, we must begin to ask our partners, we must begin to as our communities
8:45 Beckett, class of 2024, expects nothing less from us; same with his classmates. (note: a this-is-personal papa moment)
8:58 So...where do we go next? (1 min discussion before the slide deck and heart of the presentation actually begins)
The remainder of the presentation -- approx 45 minutes -- is a slide deck with a focus on emerging technologies & a re-imagination of what it means to 'learn' in the future. Ultimately I'll ask my audience how these ideas/examples CAN/WILL shape the buildings & campuses we will design & renovate over time.
Thanks in advance for any feedback on this opening video.
Still plenty of time for me to re-think & edit. Just keep in mind that 90% of what will matter most will be the conversation happening as the video sparks questions and plays in the background for my audience and me.