Classroom of the Future

| January 18, 2011

Title: Classroom of the future : orchestrating collaborative spaces
Author: Kati Makitalo-Siegl, Jan Zottmann, Frederic Kaplan, Frank Fischer (eds.)
Publisher: Rotterdam; Boston : Sense Publishers, c2010
Call no.: LB3325.C5 C523 2010
From the Publisher: The future of the classroom is an issue that essentially concerns many of us as students, parents, taxpayers, policymakers, teachers, design professionals, or researchers. A glance at the history of pedagogical practice reveals, however, that despite rapid developments in the outside world, classrooms have evolved very little over the years. While our understanding of learning and favourable learning environments has substantially improved and technological innovations are offering a variety of new possibilities, it still seems that most of today’s schools and universities remain more or less unaffected by these developments.

This book brings together the perspectives of researchers, architects, technical designers, and teachers on emerging theoretical and technological developments pertaining to the classroom of the future.

Innovative ideas are offered on how new technologies and learning approaches can be integrated into schools. It challenges us to think of learning spaces in a new way. Classroom of the Future is of interest to researchers and students, designers and educators across various disciplines including education, cognitive, social and educational psychology, didactics, computer science and design as well as to parents and policymakers.

About the authors

Kati H. Mäkitalo-Siegl: Doctor of Education: Studied Education at University of Jyväskylä. Postdoctoral researcher (Academy of Finland, SA project 126643) at Finnish Institute for Educational Research, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Jan Zottmann: M.A. Research Asssociate at University of Munich’s department of  Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Frederic Kaplan is the founder and CEO of OZWE, a company that designs and produces innovative interfaces and consumer electronic products. He is also the supervisor of a research team of the CRAFT laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He graduated as an engineer of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris and received a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris VI. Before coming to Switzerland, he worked ten years as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory contributing in particular to the AIBO robot.

His life-long scientifc objective is to found a new “science” of our interactions with everyday objects. To progress towards this goal, he collaborates regularly with psychologists, neuroscientists, designers and architects. His researches have been published in international scientific journals of these different fields. He authored several popular science books in French and English. He is also the chief editor of a multidisciplinary journal publishing leading edge research in the science and technology of embodied autonomous systems. His inventions and devices have been exhibited in several museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Frank Fischer: PhD in Psychology from University of Munich. Professor at University of Munich’s department of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Chair of Empirical Pedagogy and Educational Psychology.