March 7, 2010

Third Grade Teacher Discovers Innovative Use for Classroom Architect

Filed under: March 2010,Tech Tutorials — mbrown @ 8:30 pm

Classroom Architect is a free online resource designed to help teachers determine the best classroom arrangement without the strenuous process of moving heavy furniture items around in advance. This unique resource allows you to put in the dimensions of the room you are designing and drag graphic representations of classroom furniture around until you find a layout that works best for you. You can then print your design and arrange your classroom.

Recently, we received feedback from a teacher who has found a new way to use Classroom Architect with her students, we thought her innovative use of Classroom Architect would be useful to share with other educators, below is a description of her classroom experience:

I am a Classroom Technology Coordinator here in the Easton Area School District at Forks Elementary. For several years now I have been using your Classroom Architect tool to teach my third grade students symmetry. Following the NETS – Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making -two students sit side by side, each with a Macbook. The students then construct two classrooms by adding items to their ideal classroom that are symmetrical to one another. Traditionally students have designed butterflies, shapes, etc. Using your Web site takes symmetry to new level.  Working with objects like the kidney table really encourages students to think spatially and problem solve. Thank you so much for an outstanding educational tool.

If you’ve found a new way to use one of our tools, please contact us and we may post your innovative idea on our Blog

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