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The 5 Important Elements of The 21st Century Classroom

Technology is radically transforming the way education is delivered and part of this transformation is taking place right inside our classrooms. From the ancient  one-room school to the 20th century classroom where we have been taught, the classroom, as a pedagogical concept, has never witnessed such a transformational  revolution as is the case now with the uptake of digital technology.And guess what this is only the beginning.


The pace with which technology is developing makes it really impossible for anyone to predict what kind of classrooms we will have in the next few decades. What is apparent, however, is the fact that new ways of learning are mushrooming here and there as a direct impact of the embrace of this technology in education. Mobile learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, to mention but a few, are some immediate examples that come to the surface when talking about this interactional relationship between the digital and the educational.

This excellent graphic below sheds more light on how classrooms have been transformed by technology and draws clear comparisons between several learning modes. I invite you to have a look and share with us your thoughts about it. Enjoy


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  1. A rather depressing, shallow and rehashed overview of the bright and shiny of new educational technologies.

    Simply injecting new technologies into a classroom is not going to have a discernible and sustainable impact on the achievement of learners... and if you have not plotted the relationship between the investment in new technologies and the return on that investment in terms of enhanced learner outcomes you risk losing unsustainable amounts of money to no discernible added value.

    The infographic seems to illustrate teachers doing the same thing as always pedagogically, simply using the technologies to present the information in a different (I was going to say more engaging, but this is not necessarily the case)way.

    The purposeful use of new technologies needs to take place in the context of taking on board our increased understanding of how the brain functions as an organ of learning, the expansion of learning to encompass multi media and more memorable ways to engage learning and new pedagogies which are about attitudes, behaviours and competences and not simply content transfer.

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    1. So Anonymous.... Do share your ideas on how to achieve this. What will it look like, sound like , and feel like? Sensory Integration is also supported by brain research. The brain is indeed an organ of learning and we do in fact need to address "engaged learning" but I don't see any tangible suggestions from you. What programs, platforms, methodology do you recommend? Rather than criticize the limitations of this graphic - share what it should include or look like. As an educator for 25+ years- I'm truly curious.

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  2. Hum, regarding the "environment" impact, I am really not sure, the electronic books not in final more bad impact than paper books... Paper is recycling material, electronic also in theory, but not fully (battery impact, recycling higher cost the paper => not often, or never recycled...)

    I am also agree technology will never replace clever educational people. It will just easier their job & workload (after a while, new techno adoption always costing time), accelerate correcting process, and easier sharing content.

    Just hope this time earning will be reused for teachers, taking time for a better & improvement their classroom and educational impact.

    But I am more afraid about a usage this, to overload them additional schedules, and lower global salary costs (less teachers, for more students...)

    As usual with new technologies, should come to easier our life, and just provide society more power and more pressure on workers :(

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  3. This can be said about any new "strategy" or "tool" that is presented to teachers. "Cooperative Learning," "Active Learning" or "Literature Circles" as simple examples. If teachers don't consciously implement the strategies in an intelligent way aligned with standards and objectives, the strategies are meaningless. That is inextricable from the responsibilities of our profession-to take new ideas, strategies, etc, and make them meaningful in the classroom. It is true that making a poster on paper, for example, is not intrinsically different than making one on a iPad, but then what do the students do with it? Maybe they post it to their blog and receive written feedback from peers across the country. Maybe they take it and extend into a digital brainmap. I feel that paper posters are great, but a digital element does open ip limitless possibilities that is our job to unravel or students. I'm just starting out, so I'm far from having the answers, but I do believe we need to stay open to changes and accept that it is now part of our job to integrate technology into teaching, not because its the next new thing but because it interests learners, simple use and exposure will help them in the future and because, if you put your mind to it, technology CAN enhance classroom learning.

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