I’m not sure there is anything more endearing than an elementary school chair and desk. After hours spent combing through renderings of private offices and workstations, it’s almost refreshing to get a look into the future of our children’s schools.
While it’s certainly been a challenging year for parents, children and teachers alike, I’m curious as to how this next generation will respond to their increased digital exposure and technological acumen. Even as a tech-evangelist myself, I truly believe that the pandemic will reinforce the benefits of personal relationships and cutting-the-cord, so to speak.
While we are all anxious to get our children back in the classroom, we need to remember that the opportunities to develop digital content that will enhance their education and personal growth are as endless as the ways with which to engage with it. As we put this issue of Puzzle together, we placed our focus on flexible spaces that encourage various modes of learning, collaboration and socialization to support students in their formative childhood and adolescent years. Allowing for adaptable classrooms, libraries and social spaces helps give choice to students who may have felt restricted by past learning environments. We hope you’re open to the possibilities of reimagining the classroom with us as we excitedly anticipate the return to school.