As technology continues to evolve ever-so-quickly we are faced with challenges to keep schools equipped with the latest and most efficient learning tools. Most primary and secondary schools, which have been around for a number of decades, have reliable infrastructure, but simply lack spatial learning environments that are conducive to the current age of learning.
Barker College recently commissioned NBRS+Partners to repurpose two 1970s classrooms to be transformed into a state-of-the-art learning environment known as The Imaginarium. The Imaginarium took shape after the demolition of heavy internal walls, opening up a large learning space that is able to accommodate up to 50 students. In order to maximise the natural light and ventilation within the classroom, external walls were replaced with glass, creating a sense of transparency and seamless flow between indoor/outdoor spaces.
The Imaginarium primarily provides limitless possibilities for flexible learning with the latest technology and a reconfigurable classroom set-up that is conducive to various teaching methods. The different-shaped furniture pieces allow students to arrange them according to specific activities such as group work, presentations or working on projects. This gives both students and teachers and opportunity to identify what works best in terms of furniture arrangements, lighting, colours and technology, and how these elements interface with effective pedagogies.
The classroom is also equipped with cutting-edge technology including cameras, microphones, speakers, touch screens and a permanent green-screen wall giving students endless possibilities to learn and grow. The two touch screens are connected to cameras that capture the lessons, ideal for students to review lesson material or watch from home, if absent.
Nicknamed, the “experimental sandpit”, The Imaginarium has set new heights in terms of flexible learning environments for students and teachers to “experiment”, explore and grow.