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  • 1. Connected Learning - Interactive Classrooms and beyond SMART Technologies Christian Lortz June 11, 2009
  • 2. Technology in classrooms Evolution of ICT in learning and teaching Technology enabled classroom Traditional classroom Connected learning classroom
  • 3. The SMART Classroom
  • 4. The challenge Connect ICT to support teaching and learning ·Millions of computers in classrooms ·Growing number of VLEs and LMSs ·Digital content is widely available ·Computer to student ratio declines fast ·SMART alone has an installed base of over 1 million IWBs in classrooms ·Some countries have interactive whiteboards in almost all rooms ·Fast adoption of interactive whiteboards and learning technology How do we enable efficient usage?
  • 5. The ingredients Components of connected learning Interactive Whiteboard ·Central hub for digital learning ·Provides a direct connection from the web into the classroom ·Captures digital notes that can be saved and distributed Software and Content ·Needs to be designed for education ·Content becomes more interactive and “travels well” ·Built-in sharing capabilities ·Everywhere access Student devices ·Great to have personal devices ·Alternative: quot;Mobile softwarequot; and/or VLE and LMS Infrastructure ·Web based systems for synchronous and asynchronous learning ·Space for files, homework, digital artifacts ·Professional development
  • 6. Bridging the Gap Overcoming common barriers in an ICT enabled classrooms
  • 7. Solutions Examples and ideas Learning platforms and interactive whiteboards ·LP stores all lesson activities ·Teacher can access activities directly on the IWB ·Lesson notes can be saved to a course or class ·Students use IWB software to create presentations at home, upload and present in class Interactive Whiteboards and remote learning ·An IWB is ideally suited to connect students at home ·Using conferencing software they can hear and see the classroom and everything that is done on the IWB
  • 8. SMART Solutions Integrating technology
  • 9. Real world examples Connected interactive classrooms eTwinning project ·Schools have access to Bridgit software for real-time collaboration CommSy – Hamburg, Germany ·Online platform for all schools in Hamburg · Hosts SMART Notebook files of teacher and students
  • 10. Recommendations Questions and discussion
  • 11. Thank you!