The National Agency for Educational Technology and Teacher Professional Development (INTEF) has unveiled its new Classroom of the Future, a project that seeks to promote specific environments to meet the needs of new learning methodologies. This space, aimed at fostering active learning, has been equipped with some of the designs that Alegre Design has come up with in recent years for the school furniture manufacturer, Federico Giner.
The chairs: DIDA, Pad Chair and the Actiflex tables make up this space that strives to be seen as a model and benchmark when it comes to creating a network of classrooms of the future in collaboration with the autonomous communities. The three designs – DIDA, Pad Chair and Actiflex – have been conceived, designed, developed and manufactured with a flexible and dynamic educational model in mind in which students are at the heart of the process.
The Classroom of the Future is based around three principles: active methodologies, digital technologies and learning spaces. Three areas that we, at Alegre Design, have been working on and applying to the field of design for years. Combining these three pedagogical opportunities can lead to more flexible learning and improved teaching processes, explained the general director of Evaluation and Territorial Cooperation during the presentation of the project, María Dolores López.
The following companies have collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to get this space up and running: Federico Giner, Samsung, Smart Technologies, IT3D, Robotix and Vodafone.
This project, the seeds of which were sown as far back as 2012 with the European Future Classroom Lab project, has been brought to life in a pilot classroom, launched in Madrid, in which activities in six areas are fostered: Investigate, Explore, Interact, Develop, Create and Present.
School furniture is one of the project’s key elements, which also includes whiteboards and touch screens, mobile devices, virtual reality glasses, 3D printers, a small recording studio and a traditional study area.
Within the framework of this project, INTEF will provide teachers with a toolkit and a bank of learning situations and activities that will make the adoption of active methodologies in their respective classrooms easier, by taking advantage of the available resources.
Through products and projects such as this, teachers go from merely passing on contents to moderating and guiding students. In this regard, the entire range of school furniture that Alegre Design has created for Federico Giner has shared this premise for quite some time. It also stands out for its design, robustness and ergonomics as well as its ability to evolve and support the methodological transformation that classrooms are undergoing.