Our classrooms today must meet the goals for future- ready students of the 21 st century?
•Twenty-first century technology and learning toolsare available and are supported by school facilities that have the capacity of 21st Century learning.
What is a 21st Century Classroom?• It is an engaging, technology-enabled environment that is appealing to 21st century learners are available today.• It provides many opportunities for students to learn using 21st Century Skills, such as; blogging, podcasting, presenting,• Technology is used as a resource in the learning process.
Smart ClassroomsThese make a remarkable difference on how teachers teach and how students learn.
Where are we now?• Rapid developments in technology havebrought many exciting changes to life in thenew millennium, presenting new challenges for schools. Multiple new literacies arerequired to navigate the “forest of signs and symbols” of our globalized media culture. (Douglas Kellner, UCLA)
Classrooms should provide Technology where students can use it as a resource in the learning process -- for information retrieval, communicatingwith others, building models of solutions, engaging in simulations, and making presentations.
Classrooms should provide technology to support instructional activities.
Laptops Level the Playing Field “Certainly there are families who cant afford a laptop for theirchildren, and those kids who dont get one are going to be behind forever until we do something to catch them up.” (Law)
Technological Components Used Today•Digital cameras•Overheadprojectors•Ipads•Laptops•Ipods•GPS devices
Wilkes County Schools has provided the school infrastructure necessary for 21st Century technology.• All classrooms have high speed internet access and wireless connectivity;• Currently all 4th and 5th graders are provided Personal handheld computing devices;• Currently 600 classrooms are identified as Smart Classrooms (SMART Board, laptop for teacher, and data projector);• Students in 6th and 7th grades issued mini-laptops;• Students in 11th and 12th grades issued laptops
Why do we need 21st Classrooms?• Wilkes County saw their graduation rate increase from 63%-73% in a six year span.• It engages all learners.• Engaged learners results in a higher level of achievement.• Today’s kids have grown up in a digital world.
Saya, Japanese Robot TeacherA primary-school class in Japan is being taught by a robot that can express sixemotions, take class rolls, assign basic tasks and speak several languages. Therobot is controlled by a human, and is not expected to replace humanteachers.
Italy- In this classroom showing each Singaporestudent with a netbook