Why learning environments need to catch up with technology - Spaceoasis

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Why learning environments need to catch up with technology

  • Spaceoasis unveils LearningSurface™: the next generation of dry wipe surfaces
  • How to create learning environments that support technology-enabled learning
  • Visit stand F120 at BETT 2015 to find out how colours affect learning

Spaceoasis unveils LearningSurface™ at BETT 2015

So many students now have smartphones with built-in cameras it’s easy to record and save work created on a dry-wipe surface, which means their popularity is soaring.  Dry wipe surfaces have come a long way and they’re no longer simply whiteboards at the front of the room.  At BETT 2015, Spaceoasis will unveil its LearningSurface™ range which includes screens, pods, tables and desks with writable surfaces and even WorkingWall, a mobile dry-wipe wall.  To find out why dry wipe surfaces are such a great asset in the classroom turn to page seven and eight of our new magazine, Create, which is available on stand F120 or from the press office or by emailing hello@spaceoasis.co.uk with your name, school and address.

The colour of learning

What’s the meaning of green? That very much depends who you ask and when. Spaceoasis offers 130 colours as standard and it can be difficult to decide what will work where.  To help we’ve written an article, The Colour of Learning, which is on pages four to six of Create.  We’ll also be offering advice on the stand about how to integrate colour for best effect into learning environments as well as asking visitors to tell us what colour they would like their classroom to be; their answer could win them an iPad Mini.

Why learning environments need to catch up with technology

Simon Hick, Managing Director of Spaceoasis, explains why learning environments need to evolve to support new ways of teaching and learning enabled by technology:

“Because of technology, learners are becoming more independent, able to source knowledge for themselves, so the role of the teacher can be quite different.  If you want to provide some instruction, either before or during the class, and then ask students to go off and work independently or in small groups using mobile devices, that’s very hard to do in a traditional classroom set-up.  Introduce a flexible, agile, open-plan learning zone and it enables new and inspiring ways to teach and learn.  Students exist in a highly sophisticated world and finding more engaging and energetic ways of working, such as dry wipe surfaces, is crucial.”

Spaceoasis will be on stand F120 at BETT 2015 from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January at London’s Excel.