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New Active Learning Center In Harrison Models Classroom Of The Future

LHRIC introduced a new active learning center in Harrison.
LHRIC introduced a new active learning center in Harrison. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Colette Connolly

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center in Harrison houses new active learning center models.

“Since my arrival at the LHRIC, I have encouraged out-of-the-box thinking to permit this type of service to develop, which should enhance teaching and learning and encourage the development of 21st century learning skills,” said LHRIC Executive Director Dennis Lauro, a former superintendent of the Pelham School District.

The Active Learning Center features four zones created to support unique learning interactions: the sharing studio, the reflection lounge, the "collaboratory" space and the knowledge kiosk.

All four zones are decorated with brightly colored, ergonomically comfortable furniture and feature workspaces with writable surfaces, dual monitors and a showcase space for personal use or team-shared whiteboards.

The ideas behind the new learning space are strengthening professional development offerings and establishing a local center for the exploration of active learning.

“The decision to create such a learning space was based on emerging trends in K-12 education such as active learning, maker spaces and flexible learning environments.” said Randy Hall, a senior facilitator for educational technology at the LHRIC.

“What we’ve done here at the LHRIC is to create a laboratory classroom where teachers and administrators can come touch, feel, move and experience such a learning environment themselves," said Hall. "Then, step back and consider how instructional design, technology and space can enhance and support digital-age teaching for digital-age students in a digital-age classroom.”

The Information Center is at 450 Mamaroneck Ave. in Harrison.

Local educators can contact Hall at rhall@lhric.org to learn more about the Active Learning Center.

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