21st Century Learning is a Hot Topic Worldwide

The discussion continues, and this issue features articles, events and even a documentary that showcases new approaches to educational spaces and technology integration.

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Should a Classroom Have Four Walls?

Randall Fielding

On December 14th, 2010, Compass Group and Cap Digital, Paris France invited the architect Randall Fielding to present 21st Century Schools by Fielding Nair International. This article, by François Jarraud of the on-line French magazine, Café Pedagogique, showcases Fielding’s innovative approach to educational spaces and asks provocative questions about the possibilities of changing the concept of school design in France.

Link to the English translation of the article here.

Link to the original article in French here.


Some schools giving desks the boot: Education reform extending to classroom design

By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel, Jan. 22, 2011


Jennifer Lamar, interior designer for FNI, was interviewed for an article about innovative ideas in the classroom, written by the education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The piece is about how the classroom environment and furnishings can affect educational outcomes.

Link to the article here.


Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

Digital Media

A documentary film about digital media and education, Sunday February 13th, on PBS:

“Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century takes viewers to the frontlines of what is rapidly becoming an education revolution. The film, targeted at parents, teachers, and anyone concerned about education in America, explores how exceptional educators are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.”

See the show open here. Check your local PBS station listing for future air dates.

Randall Fielding of FNI reviews the documentary on the DesignShare web site here.


Randall Fielding is Keynote Speaker at the AIA Portland Symposium

Architecture + Education Symposium: Schools for the Future of Our Communities: March 10-11 2011
COMMUNITY | SUSTAINABILITY | ADVOCACY | INNOVATION

Event start time: March 10, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM; March 11, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: AIA Portland, 403 NW 11th Avenue

Randall Fielding, Chairman of Fielding Nair International, will make the keynote speech on March 10 and panels will be featured on March 11. By inspiring participants to challenge and rethink the typical school, this event seeks to expand the available resources and knowledge base for K-12 school design. This event will serve to raise the public profile of schools within the community, while building bridges with schools districts in the metro region.

Join Portland’s top architects, designers, and education leaders as we:

-- Inspire participants to challenge and rethink the typical school design
-- Produce resources and expand the knowledge base for K-12 design and research
-- Explore the goals and needs of local school districts
-- Raise the public profile of schools within the community
-- Build bridges with school districts throughout the metro area.

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, March 10, Keynote Event: Trends in New Models of Teaching with Randy Fielding, School Design Expert at Fielding Nair International
Friday, March 11 Morning Panels, Panel 1: Curriculum Driving Change & Specialty Spaces;
Panel 2: Schools, the Community, and Design Excellence;
Morning Closing: UniverCity: Lessons in Building Community by Building on Learning
Friday, March 11 Afternoon Panels, Panel 3: Net Zero and Passive Enclosures;
Panel 4: Historic Preservation & Renovation

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Nishkian Dean, P&C Construction, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Ingersoll Rand for making this event possible!

You may register for the Thursday evening keynote, Friday AM Panels, and Friday PM Panels separately, although we encourage registration for the whole event. Through the generous underwriting of our sponsors, we are offering a full 20% discount for registering for all three panels! Just select the "Package Discount" price after clicking the "Event Registration" link, or by calling AIA Portland at 503-544-8533. Register today -- 30% off full registration until March 4, 2011!

Registration Link.


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