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This demonstration addresses ways in which we can begin to consider starting points for rearticulating the goal of education today. It argues that in an age when billions of facts are at students’ fingertips through the internet, the central goal of education should focus on learning how to think and how to be curious, rather than learning how to remember facts. Furthermore, by encouraging teachers to transform their environments of learning into interactive and immersive creative spaces, where inter-disciplinary learning and play are intertwined, the demonstration argues that students will assimilate a wide range of personal, if unpredictable, learning opportunities.
The demonstration includes film footage from the initial research project, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, which explored how children engage with their environment by transforming the learning zones of a school into a lunar landscape and allowing the children freedom to interact with this creative space. Here children had access to both traditional ‘play’ materials (card, paper, sticky tape) and new technologies (audio recorders, video, cameras, animation), and were offered opportunities to reflect on their experience by looking at films of themselves ‘in process’.
Building on the findings of ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, the post-demonstration discussion will explore the potential for reapplying the key themes to new learning environments -eg museums, galleries, and non-school contexts. The aim is to continue to develop this practice-based research to investigate the themes of offering choices to students, holistic and immersive inter-disciplinary environments, personalised learning and opportunities to learn through creativity.