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Designing the Schools of the Future

When we envision 21st century learning environments, a lot of us probably picture classrooms loaded with the latest technology and maybe some new skill sets being taught. But at the upcoming Architecture 4 Education symposium taking place this weekend in Pasadena, California, school architects and researchers will converge to talk about what the physical structures of a 21st century learning environment might look like, including how emerging technologies will influence how schools are built.

A copy of the symposium's agenda, as well as a list of the speakers that will be presenting, are available from the organization's Web site. And for those of us who won't be able to make it to Pasadena, the group will be streaming the events online, which I think is how I'm going to check up on the ideas that come out of this event.

This topic—how to build schools that facilitate effective learning environments—is one that I think sometimes can be overlooked, but is equally important, in my opinion, to the overall meaningful integration of technology into education.

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