Published: Thursday 4 August 2011

As part of their 2011 Education Leadership Summit, Apple invited education leaders for an informative and interactive event committed to finding innovative ways to help teachers teach and students learn. Held in Singapore, the keynote speakers and workshop sessions provided an enlightening, engaging, and excellent opportunity to expand personal education networks and to share visions for education with the other forward-thinking educators.

Lara Mackintosh, Viridis Architecture and WA CEFPI President, and Fiona Young, BVN and NSW Chapter President Elect, lead the workshops in which delegates were Creating Learning Environments for Today's Learners. Together with assistance from Alec O’Connell, WA Catholic Education Office and WA Chapter President elect, and Ian Elder, Santa Maria College and WA CEFPI member, the workshops encouraged participants to better understand the role of space usage and design in supporting learning. The sessions provided presentations of various design strategies that have been used to create 21st Century Learning Spaces; hands-on design and create activities; and a panel discussion with the presenters. The outcomes of the workshops were not only the final designs themselves, but the experience of sharing. As evidenced in Perth last year, by enabling the final users and managers of the spaces to have become involved in a design process, the sharing of ideas and experiences enriches the final outcome and the process itself. It is hoped that by involving all participants in this process, it may provide a catalyst for increased stakeholder involvement in future projects, and innovative and inclusion learning spaces. The activities at the workshop were documented by students from the Singapore School of the Arts and can be seen here