Traditionally, it has been a four cornered room with chairs arranged in rows or circularly with desks in front of them. It is conventional for the pupil to attend classes, write notes and of course attempt class works and afterwards, examinations.
For hundreds of years, teaching mostly involved standing in front of a class of students and talking. But the past 20 years has seen an unparalleled degree of innovation, enabling teachers to experiment with new models of learning. As the world is changing fast and wide, classrooms too are changing with the aid of ICT.
The future of classrooms is such that allows learners to learn at their own pace other than the traditional classroom which subjects the pupil to the pace and effectiveness of the teacher. Many have asked this big question, Will computers take the place of teachers?” I can answer them, “No, they won’t!” A computer is a tool that a teacher uses.
Here are few areas ICT is featuring in the future of classrooms:
It has always been a long blue ledger that bears the row call of the teacher but with new ID cards that have with smart tags and RFID cards, student can walk into the class with a smart ID card which automatically makes them present in class for the day.
The Radio frequency Identification Card doubles up as their ID card and the students just wear the card and the technology does the rest for tracking, recording and reporting attendance of students.
2. Lesson Note:
Study has it that conventional classroom teachers spend not less than thirty of a one hour period on note taking; this can even be more cumbersome at elementary classes. ICT can help a teacher make his notes available in soft shareable copies for his students. Students can have the note even before the class.
ICT can eliminate the need for students to buy a library of text books by having them equipped with a virtual library which offers a more robust knowledge repository of written and oral references for each topic.
3. The Flipped Classroom:
Instead of the teacher having a lesson, then setting homework on what they’ve learned. Flipped Classroom Apps can enable students do the relevant preparation work at home first, since they have access to the lesson notes, so the spends the teacher spends the lesson period in dealing with the questions that arise. The aim is to improve students’ engagement and their ability to learn independently. For teachers, it offers the ability to find out exactly what their students know and don’t know, so that every moment of the time spent teaching is used productively.
4. Interactive boards :
The removal of the whiteboard from the classroom of the future is inevitable. Our classroom of the future demonstrates full interactive boards as its replacement for the traditional whiteboards and markers.
This IP Boards will be able display audio-visual reference for the normal lesson notes.
5. Interactive desks :
Pupils’ desks will evolve into interactive devices, similar to larger class screens. All work will be submitted from this interactive desk device to the teachers where he or she can access and provide feedback. This can be in form of tablets or laptops from which student can take test and get individual feedbacks.
6. Virtual Reality Environment :
One major change that the classroom needs to prepare for is virtual reality. The virtual reality is used to fire imaginations, opening students up to sights and sounds that they might never experience in the real world. Geography students can use virtual reality apps to visit landscapes beyond the reach of any field trip. With Green Screen Technology students can imagine they’re visiting the Berlin Wall or conducting a full orchestra – an experience that will be introduced to music lessons in the near future. Imagine being able to show a class full of inquisitive pupils a cross-section of the Earth or the solar system? Well, this will become the norm in the classroom of the future.
Conclusively, the best way to create the classroom of the future is by making small changes to the classrooms of today. Moving desks around, installing projectors and asking students for ideas is the best way to change traditional classrooms into futuristic ones.
So, if we are preparing ourselves for the classrooms of the future, it is important that we start implementing these changes now. They will be slow, but every innovation in technology should be met with innovation in the space around it. Classrooms of the future will be different, but we can start preparing for them now.