Toolkit: Tomorrow’s Classroom

This toolkit encourages students to think about their (life-long) learning as a product of inspiring interactions with people and the environments around them, and that their potential role in contributing to both delightful and functional design solutions requires a deep understanding of the user experience.

In the 1940’s Italian teacher and psychologist Loris Malagazzi founded the Reggio Emilia approach to learning in preschools and kindergartens on the premise that children naturally develop through interactions with their parents (the first teacher), their classroom teacher (the second teacher) and ultimately with the environment around them (the third teacher). In this Toolkit we will investigate some of the principles of this approach and how they might apply to your own learning at school, to allow us to investigate opportunities to enhance your school experience through the design process.


Natalie Wright

expected duration

Depending on the intensity of the focus, the unit of work could be developed over a 2-5 week program (approximately 4-10x 60 minute lessons/workshops), or as smaller workshops treated as discrete learning experiences. Teachers and students are also encouraged to explore further inquiry (background research) to enhance the ideation exercises.


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