Designing for Learning with Susan LaMarca, Head of Library Services at Genazzano College and author of books on library design.

Key ideas for designing spaces:

Flexibility.
See http://www.robinhood.org/initiatives/library
movable furniture - makes library able to do different things

Collaboration
* group spaces
* TV news broadcast around school

Learning Driven
* what do students want/need and when?

Creativity
* bright colours, patterns
* Make a statement with the entrance
* combine student art gallery with library - but good set up of art
* giant chess board mat - I know there are plans for a painted giant chess board. I wonder whether a mat would be better?

Efficiency
* impact on learning outcomes

Inclusiveness
* including various cultural views, attitudes, beliefs and values

Human-centred
* feeling welcomed, home-like

We are building a new campus, so some of these ideas will be useful. I hope to use a couple in our current campus.
 


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    Wayne Burnett is a technology teacher and coach and a doctoral student in educational technology focussing on educational robotics. This blog is an experimental one, to see if it works as a way to document and share PD.

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