BLOGS & VLOGS

As long as students are engaged in learning, there are no right or wrong answers. Let the types of learning be your guide, and don't be afraid to change. Hear from various K12 thought leaders on how they have encouraged students to engage in a more active learning style and how the school environment has supported their efforts.

Vlog : What To Look For In Classroom Seating

There are so many classroom seating options out on the market today – recognizing what to look for will certainly help narrow the search. This week Mark Hubbard discusses what to look for in K12 student seating. Thank you for watching. #TRANSFORMLEARNI …

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Tips for Equipping a Maker Space on a Budget

You can have really powerful experiences with kids and not spend a lot of money on your maker space. Watch Mark this week as he discuss, “Tips for Equipping a Maker Space on a Budget”. And thanks to Convergence Design Lab for allowing Paragon® to showc …

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How To Make The Change To Active Learning

Making the shift to active learning can be a big transition for many teachers, especially if they have been lecturing for their whole careers. For one thing, it involves giving up some degree of control over their classroom and transferring ownership o …

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Vlog : Creating a Maker Space

When you are designing a maker space, you’ll want to make sure the space promotes creativity and collaboration. You can encourage both of these traits through the design of the space itself. How do you do that? Watch this week’s vlog post entitled, “Ho …

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Vlog : Redesigning School Libraries

In this week’s transforming K12 learning spaces vlog, Mark Hubbard shares some tips on redesigning your school library. As the purpose and function of school libraries evolves, transforming the physical space to accomodate these changes becomes imperat …

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Vlog : Sensory Ergonomics

In this week’s transforming K12 learning spaces vlog we will continue to explore how learning space design affects student success, but this week we will put the emphasis on design elements such as color and texture. How the elements in our environment …

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Vlog : Collaborative Learning

Are you a school looking to transform your learning spaces? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Mark Hubbard Paragon’s President, will be posting a 2-minute vlog that aims to help K-12 schools create environments that foster active learnin …

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Eight Essential Elements of a Good Maker Space Project

Cannot embed video source. You can view it here: https://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/WEB-tech-trends-furniture-stem-education-467394113.html Are you looking for a template to follow when designing high-quality maker space experiences? In their …

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Why Active Learning?

A 2016 survey of K-12 leaders from the Center for Digital Education reveals why more schools are moving toward active learning. In the survey, K-12 leaders said active learning is more engaging and effective than a traditional lecture-based approach to …

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More Important Than Ever, Libraries

In today’s information-rich society, with the Internet at our fingertips, students and teachers no longer need a library for access to information. But that doesn’t mean school libraries have become irrelevant. On the contrary, it can be argued that sc …

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What is Active Learning?

Active learning is an instructional approach in which students take an active and fully engaged role in their education, rather than sitting passively and absorbing information. This might involve several different kinds of activities, such as class di …

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Redesigning your school library

Redesigning your school library requires rethinking how you want the space to function—and what new roles you would like it to serve. As technology becomes an increasingly important part of education, and as teaching and learning continue to evolve, ho …

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PROMOTE CREATIVITY AND COLLABORATION IN YOUR MAKER SPACE

When you are designing a maker space, you’ll want to make sure the space promotes creativity and collaboration. You can encourage both of those traits through the design of the space itself. Here are some ideas to guide you. Ask students what they want …

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Maker Space: Transforming the Teacher’s Role

Launching a successful maker space program requires training teachers to use the space effectively with their students. Teachers must learn not only how to design high-quality projects, but also how to transition into a new role they might not feel con …

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Creating an Environment for Collaborative Learning to Flourish

Collaborative learning, in which students work together to solve a problem or complete a task, is becoming more common in today’s classrooms—and for good reason. The ability to work with others as part of a team is the skill that companies most desire …

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How to Teach Students Collaboration Skills

When students work together on group projects, they learn critical 21st century skills that will help them in the workplace—and they also develop a much richer understanding of core content. But implementing collaborative learning in the classroom can …

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Three School Library Transformation Projects That Will Inspire You.

With the Internet now just a finger swipe away, students and teachers no longer need a library to access critical information. But that doesn’t mean school libraries have become irrelevant. On the contrary, school libraries are transforming from archiv …

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The Paradigm of School Libraries is Shifting. Here’s How.

Close your eyes and picture the school libraries you spent time in as a youth. Chances are they all looked pretty similar: Rows of thick wooden shelving piled high with books. Students sitting quietly at tables, reading independently or perhaps working …

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When Redesigning Learning Spaces, Get Students Involved

When the leaders of Ohio’s Pickerington Local School District decided to redesign their learning spaces to better meet students’ needs, they turned to the real experts for help: the students themselves. In return, district officials received a wide ran …

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Eight Ideas for Redesigning Learning Spaces

During the 2017 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, David Jakes, a former educator and administrator who now helps schools transform their learning spaces, shared several strategies for redesigning K-12 l …

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Technology’s Role in Active Learning

Although technology is not essential for active learning, it can be a powerful tool to support student-driven learning. If students have access to a device with Internet connectivity, they can do independent research and use rich applications for creat …

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What Successful Active Learning Looks Like

Active learning is an instructional approach in which students take a hands-on, fully engaged role in their education, rather than sitting passively and absorbing information. Research shows that active learning is more effective than traditional lectu …

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Five Key Considerations When Designing a School Maker Space.

In my last blog post, I highlighted four questions that can help you plan an effective maker space for students. Once you have a plan for how your maker space will be used, you can design the actual space itself. Here are five design aspects you’ll wan …

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How to Get Started with a School Maker Space.

Looking to inspire the next generation of tinkerers and innovators, a growing number of schools are creating maker spaces equipped with everything from popsicle sticks and glue guns to electronics kits and 3D printers. When educators encourage students …

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How Students’ Emotions Affect Their Learning.

When we think of learning environments, we often think of how the desks and tables in a classroom are configured. That’s an important consideration, but it’s not the only factor affecting student success. How the design of these items makes users feel  …

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Classroom Design Has a Big Impact on Learning. Here’s How.

The way the furniture in a classroom is set up can have a significant effect on both how students learn and how much they learn, studies suggest. How a classroom space is designed shapes the kinds of learning that happen there, writes Nancy Van Note Ch …

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Students Need More Agile Learning Environments. Are You Ready?

A decade of research from the national nonprofit group Project Tomorrow tells us that students want access to anytime, anywhere learning opportunities through the use of mobile digital devices. And K-12 leaders have responded in kind, with a growing nu …

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Four Tips for Redesigning K-12 Classrooms.

The traditional classroom setup, with rows of desks facing forward, worked fine when lecturing was the main form of instruction. But as more schools have shifted from a teacher-centric to a student-centric approach to learning, the design of K-12 learn …

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