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Empty Learning

Changing the social norms of teaching spaces

Photo of Imrat Singh Matharoo
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Empty learning is an abstract concept of how to cultivate creative confidence that moves away from the ways of how educational institutes have taught us to be creative but staying within society’s norms. But this allows for new and unconventional ways to study as walls, chairs and tables turn into your creative equipment.
So you are able to draw on  tables and chairs and take notes on walls all while you study? It allows for secondary schoolchildren aged 11 to 16 years of age to become more expressive when doing class and team work, with the room being used for activities and projects that involve drawing, writing, brainstorms etc. It allows for an improvement of communication skills.
buy placing items such as whiteboards as tabletops and walls it changes the way you think, as you enter as you are allowed to break the rules in a sense and do what you were told off for doing as a baby.
It also adds to a sense of fulfilment and achievement as you are able to see what you have produced during their day and this will boost your confidence. 

At the end of classes or activities that used the classroom images would be taken of the brainstorms/ work done, and would then be uploaded to a central hub connected to school accounts to access the images so they are able to keep the work they have done. 

*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

The future would see more confident young people as they would have freedom to display their creativity from drawing and writing on walls and tables. They would also be more creative and confident in group work and team working activities as they would be displaying their work as it would be on the walls and tables throughout the lessons.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

We would be involving young people (students) and teachers in the testing phase of the the proposed concept;
We would get a few small classes within a few schools that fit the age range and have classes taught within them such as; design, English, maths etc.

And then get both the students and teachers feedback on questions like;
- how the overall experience was?
-did they find the concept classroom useful for its intended purpose?
- what they enjoyed?
-what they disliked?
And then from this feedback we would then further refine and develop to improve the concept.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

It would be great if the IDEO community could comment on how i could improve the concept further so it could be refined to become a stronger concept.


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Photo of Maroun Jawiche

Awesome idea especially for Children as it allows them to be comfortable in their environment which would help with work motivation.

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