The New Design for the Classroom that ROCKS MY WORLD!!!

Today, Finn McKenty a strategist for Kaleidescope, a product design company, and Greener Grass, gave me a quick view of some concepts for future classroom design.


I felt my whole world turn over.


I've been telling my students that one day we'll laugh about how we had computers on our desks b/c they will become integrated into everything – walls, desks, and we just won't need the PC anymore, but I didn't really UNDERSTAND what I was saying.


Now, maybe, I do.


Take a look at this board.







Just a whiteboard???? NO!!!!


Now, look at this picture:





What you see are individual, microsoft surface enabled BOARDS in the upright position and individual, Microsoft Surface enabled DESKS in the background.


Boards are desks, desks are boards.  Upright, they separate the room and allow for group and individual projects.  Laying flat, they are desks for more traditional environments.  And, they roll.





Some schools have janitors that put dots on the floor to tell teachers where they have permission to “put” their desks.  They might as well get over it, because our classrooms, if configured with such configurable, movable, computing / surface devices which are multi wall / table will be OURS for the teaching.


How much are these?


Not for sale yet.


Do they have potential?


Absolutely.  Absolutely. Absolutely.


I would love these and am now thinking — if Microsoft Surface is truly configured as it needs to be, could a screen be split into multiple screens for editing and working on the same surface – individual or group spaces.


Oh my goodness – I WOULD LOVE A ROOM LIKE THAT.  And I teach technology.  I am that teacher who takes my kids to the auditorium to sit on the floor, the lunch room to sit at flat tables (w/out monitors in the way) — moves monitors and keyboards onto the floor to have table tops for special projects or brainstorming sessions.


Sometimes my room has 40-50 kids in it (when doing elementary projects where my older kids are teaching digital citizenship.)


I say, GIVE ME MY ROOM BACK.  I'd use these devices in a heart beat if they were available and I had the budget.  Of course, the one thing we DON'T see are those pesky power cords and cables that are such a beast to deal with and to truly make these possible, that sort of thing would have to be discussed and planned for!



Just showed them to my principal and curriculum director and looking at things like this definitely cause a complete shift of the brain.  But I like it, I really do.  These things have potential.



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4 thoughts on “The New Design for the Classroom that ROCKS MY WORLD!!!

  1. Wow, not only the ability to split, but then rotate the splits for different perspectives and working from all sides… And of course, with the new bluetooth style wireless energy transmission, at some point you won’t need the pesky wires… WOW, WOW, WOW.

  2. That’s pretty fantastic. I imagine you’d get in a lot more trouble for carving your name into one of these, though.

  3. Wow! This is incredible! I utilize cooperative groups in my classes…imagine the possibilities! No wires, no mess, and the ability to customize all types of collaboration…I think I am in love…

  4. Vicki I am so there with you on Surface, I’ve been watching the progress since the day the Microsoft Website went up.
    Small districts might have issues affording the technology as it first hits the market. Looking forward to the Surface boards, and Center tables and the collaboration that can be done in the classroom with Surface.

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