Flexible Learning Environments


Student needs drive the design of the learning environment. All operational elements—staffing plans, space utilization and time allocation—respond and adapt to support students in achieving their goals.


How does the physical environment in your classroom support personalized learning? In this section, you will explore ways to adjust your classroom to support the needs of your students. 


1. Read this blog post with lots of pictures and ideas for changing your classroom environment. 

2. Watch this video from Edutopia featuring Albemarle County Public Schools

3. Check out the hundreds of cool designs and how-tos on Pinterest from teachers. 

4. Now it is time to design your own classroom. Use TinkerCad to create your classroom in 3D. There are over 4 million designs in the gallery. For instructions go to https://www.tinkercad.com/about/learn

5. Share your completed design with your instructor. 

If you would like to try a more complicated program, try out SketchUp Make, the free version of SketchUp from Google. The software does have to be downloaded. Check out these tutorials

Now it is time to move on to the Final Assignment

Additional Articles and Resources for  Flexible Learning Environments

Flexible Classroom: Providing the Learning Environment that Kids Need

Creating Flexible Learning Environments


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,c,d;

2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c,d;

3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,d;

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b

5. Engage in Professional Growth and leadership c


1. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback;

2. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers;

3. Summarizing & Notetaking;

4. Assigning Homework and Practice