Principal, Angela Lowe, with students from Newlands Intermediate School

Clear Space for Learning

Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, is just about to unveil it new Hīnātore | Learning Lab.

Hīnātore | Learning Lab - flexible learning space. Image: Matt Richards 2016
Hīnātore | Learning Lab – flexible learning space. Image: Matt Richards 2016

Newlands Intermediate School was invited to bring some students for a sneak peek and give the lab its first go. Since I will be joining the NIS team next year, I got to tag along. Lucky me.

When you first walk into the lab, you can’t help but be blown away by the epic tech. I’m talking state-of-the-art devices available in a beautifully designed, flexible space.

However, when you step back and watch what happens when this empty space fills with students and teachers, you quickly see it is not about the tech; it’s about a new learning paradigm. Everyone plays. Everyone learns. Lines quickly blur between student and teacher. Everyone take the journey together, sharing what they know when asked and asking for help when needed. Learning becomes a conversation, rather than a lecture.

I love where Matt Richards and his team are taking the Hīnātore | Learning Lab in terms of designing innovative learning experiences. If NIS’s sneak peek was any indicator, Te Papa will surely be a leader in how to bridge the best of the old with the best of the new, ensuring that learning always stays relevant in an ever-changing world.

It’s awesome that NIS is keen to be on that journey with them. Lucky me.

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