21st Century School Design Symposium

Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, July 01, 2010

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21st Century School Design Symposium
Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Capitol Theater at the Riffe Center
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States

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This day-long symposium will bring together school districts, design professionals, legislators, students of education and architecture, construction managers, state agencies and many others.

Join us for a FREE day of learning and inspiration. Two 21st Century learning and school design enthusiasts and experts - Randy Fielding, award winning international architect and coauthor of "The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools," and Christian Long, educator, school planner, and passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, will be your guides as you answer the questions, "What is a 21st Century Learning Environment, and What Does it Look Like?"

The morning presentation by Christian will focus on 21st Century learning, learning ideas and models.  This serves as a set-up to the afternoon session, where Randy will focus on tying those ideas and models to design principles, strategies and outcomes of 21st Century school designs in the creative age.


9:00 - 9: 30 AM - Welcome Addresss & Symposium Overview

9:30 - 11:30 AM - Defining School 2.0 - Christian Long

We live in an age of paradox. We deeply cherish our schools and yet we wonder if they are relevant in the way they used to be. We need our schools more than ever before and yet we wonder if our traditional view of education matches our future needs as a society.

While education appears to be more and more important to our society as a whole, we are becoming split in terms of what we mean by 'school'.

School used to be a 'place', a literal landmark that centered a community. Today, however, an explosion of just-in-time technology challenges the very definition of a campus.  Virtual schools, global competition, and pressures to provide customized learning offerings no longer allow us to think of a 'school' as merely a brick building open to students from 8 to 4 with one-size-fits-all programs. Schools are challenged to provide a rich foundation of traditional skills while becoming agile in terms of emerging technologies, all while responding to local community needs and increasing pressure to adapt to an ever-changing global economy.

Likewise, the good ol' days of a teacher and encyclopedia being sufficient for a student's growth are quickly being challenged as learners are able to access the world from the smartphone carried in their pocket. And even more importantly, students can no longer afford to be passive recipients of lessons; they must learn to be collaborative, innovative, and agile. This means that students must become 'authors' and 'creators' in real time...with real audiences/networks giving them feedback. How schools and educators respond to these challenges will define our collective success going forward.

Defining School 2.0 attempts to offer school leaders a vision of how schools can/must respond to this paradox. While the session will consider the role of emerging technology, the spirit of the talk lies in supporting students/teachers doing authentic work that is relevant in the real world today, not just practicing for future opportunities the way schools were able to traditionally operate. 

 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch - on your own

1:00 - 3:00 PM - Design for the Creative Age - Randy Fielding

Description:  Campus and school facility design for the Creative Age includes a wide variety of spaces supporting both the old basics of literacy and numeracy, as well as the new basics, including fluency in independent learning, creative collaboration, and mastery of emerging technologies.

The presentation will connect the needs of Creative Age learners with design patterns, real-world case studies, floor plans, and curriculum maps. Attendees will engage in peer-to-peer discussion, a large group forum, and will come away with an awareness of the essential tools for an integrated design, staff development, and change management process, all wrapped together into a sustainable whole.

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Panel Discussion

 Description: Facilitated discussion between Christian Long, Randy Fielding and attendees, focusing on the themes of Defining School 2.0 and Design for the Creative Age.




Contact Information

  • Phone: 614-387-1049, Email: program.info@osfc.ohio.gov
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