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Damien Newman (Cen+ral)
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Apeejay developing new education for the 21st century
a synopsis of the D(esign thinking)-lab
Apeejay teachers and staff are attending meetings in a new build pavilion on the premises of Seikh Sarai Location. This open studio provides working tables, comfortable lounge seats as well as high-tech communication and ICT facilities. Black, white and smart boards and a wall for pushpins are dividing the open space into separate areas.
This is the D-lab of Apeejay. In this setting participants are invited to work in co-creation on challenges they face in education for the future. All bets are off. The openness of the building invites even curious students to take a peek and join the process of designing and creating new education. Solutions, ideas and products are tested almost instantly at the participating pilot schools of Seikh serai, Saket and Faridabad and the experience and feed-back is directly influencing the process of further development.
Although it seems to be a pirate’s cove, it is all but that. The building sometimes closes of into an almost monastery setting of contemplation and reflection. Participants are working solitary in concentration and experts are invited to give input and reflection on the process.
This process isn’t bubbling up spontaneously but well orchestrated and monitored. Like an endless documentary series, staff, teachers or students raise questions and teams are formed to research, experiment, visualize and find answers and raise new questions in a (un)structural way. Working during sessions lasting for several hours until they are satisfied with the outcome. Participants are implementing and testing the outcome and reflecting on it by using the latest technology. The process is registered and reflected upon by participants and an external advisory board to put the process in a national and even international perspective.
Being part of the D-lab is an ambition of every-one at Apeejays . To join this group of pioneers who are able to change their education in a way that students are motivated, ambitious, creative, independent and successful is felt as a teachers dream. The sense of autonomy, competence and relatedness is motivating and stimulating. They visualize this by creating digital portfolio’s to show and reflect on their experience and personal growth.