25-09-2017 14:00

A document on Good Practices for Creating Education Laboratories has been published

Coordinated by the educational environment designer and researcher Susanna Tesconi, the publication From the Classroom to the Laboratory is a milestone in the work process carried out over nearly two years by Hirikilabs. 

Tabakalera, the International Centre for Contemporary Culture of San Sebastián, has published the English version of From the Classroom to the Laboratory (Good Practices for Creating Education Laboratories) through its digital culture and technology laboratory (Hirikilabs). The document, available in digital format under a creative commons licence from the Tabakalera website (https://www.tabakalera.eu/en/classroom-laboratory), is the translation of the book published in May of 2017 -- a book which includes recommendations for good practices when addressing the idea of laboratories in the field of education.

Coordinated by the educational environment designer and researcher Susanna Tesconi, the publication From the Classroom to the Laboratory is a milestone in the work process carried out over nearly two years by Hirikilabs. Throughout this time, a group of educational professionals have compared their experiences with the objective of analysing the hows, whys and what fors relating to people’s use of technology and in particular its use in educational contexts.

Over fifty pages, ideas are addressed such as the individual teacher as a designer of environments, the Maker movement and STEAM environments for active pedagogy, as well as matters such as what we seek to achieve by including education laboratories, the ways of doing so and how to work with said spaces, types of spaces and tools and the methodology and organisation of the laboratory – including issues ranging from who should manage the laboratory to strategies for facilitating gender inclusion in the laboratory setting.

Susanna Tesconi

Susanna Tesconi is an educational designer and researcher, her work is inspired by the interaction between children and technology. After getting a degree in Philosophy of Language she became a primary school teacher. During her teaching practice, she started observing the interaction between kids and technological devices and decided to improve her technological expertise, being her goal to engage groups of children in developing their own technologies. In 2012, during a residence at LABoral Art Center, in Gijón, Asturias she worked with a small group of teachers creating educational kits and activities for k12. This was the starting point for an experimental programme in school dropout prevention, taking place at fabLAB of LABoral, that uses, among other things, design and digital fabrication in order to improve the motivation of public high school students and promote a methodological change in teachers.