ES Design Lab

We are getting some strong interest in the new ES Design Lab and it’s been great to be able to work with some different Grade 4 classes over the last couple of weeks. Julie has prepared a fun “toy rescue” design challenge where students need to design and develop a device that will pick up a small toy from the ground. After having 4MW and 4RB working in the lab we have uncovered a few improvements so the activity is undergoing its own design process : )

I’ve had a go at making some “aesthetic changes” to the ISB Design Process graphic to introduce a bit more contrast and make it a little more bold. The colours are the same but more intense. This will allow us to create further resources that link each colour and stage to the sorts of learner activities and characteristics that we want to be promoting. We have also been working on some other simple branding that can help build an identity and profile for ISB Design.

In the space we have had wonderful excitement and output from students, they have embraced our design philosophy and are keen to engage with everything we provide them with. Working across a sequence of 3 or so lessons allows us to value add to the “making” activities with lessons on peer feedback and reflection. I am also looking at how to incorporate lessons on design sketching & annotation. Every lesson I am learning a little more about how to grow the program and embed design thinking and process meaningfully into the ES curriculum.

Continued thanks to Geoff, Shane, Clint and of course Julie, all of whom offer a wealth of ideas on how to use the Design Lab that we share to the faculty at every opportunity.


2016 E21LE Symposium: “What’s Working?


On Friday I was able to attend the 2016 Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments symposium, “What’s Working?”. The full day forum allowed various educators, architects and academics the opportunity to present and discuss their study of innovative learning spaces.


The day sought to answer the question: ‘What is working in learning environment design and occupation, and how does this success inform future best practices?’

Around 15 current and recently completed research higher degree students presented a range of evaluation tools and shared their findings of how the new generation of learning environments can enhance teaching and learning.


There was a strong contingent of architects including representatives from Hayball (designers of the Learning Project) with some excellent discussions around the role and benefits of prototyping of new generation learning environments as is the case at CGS. This is pertinent as in Term 3, E21LE will be working with Hayball and CGS to evaluate the Learning Project space.

I also got to have a good look at the new School of Design at the University of Melbourne, it’s an impressive building especially the fabrication lab (FabLab).