How smart is your classroom?
Let’s imagine a space, that is free from limitations, free from stereotypes, accessible to all and open to a new way of thinking. Welcome to the modern day classroom, or how it could be.
When you walk in through the door of a classroom, can you easily predict the level of intelligence in the room? Would a modern day genius stand out to you? The truth is, apart from the amazing students and worldly teachers, classrooms as we traditionally know them have changed. They have got smarter and it would only take a few seconds after walking in to notice it. Gone are the days of following the teacher on a chalkboard, as interactive whiteboards, smart screens and iPads have taken over. If you are a parent, teacher or student, this will come as no surprise to you. Technology has had an impact on every part of life, none bigger than the profound changes we are witnessing in the education sector. It has changed the way we learn, the methods we teach and how we evaluate.
It wasn’t that long ago that only an elite few had access to educational opportunities, today, massive amounts of information including books, audio, images and videos are available at a click of a button on the internet. And with that comes opportunities for communication and collaboration like we have never experienced before.
At Delta, we have technology that will not only deliver a 21st century classroom experience, but it will also make better use of space, lower operational costs and most importantly maximise learning. These powerful visual tools have revolutionised the way teachers run their classrooms, including how they
handle simple record-keeping tasks, engage student interest, demonstrate complex information, assess learning and prepare students for an increasingly digital world.
Let’s take a closer look.
Students can take the lead
Increase learning through collaborative discussion and problem-solving by flipping the classroom model, where students access lectures, videos, TED talks and other instructional content online before class. Teachers can then spend classroom time facilitating discussions, problem-solving exercises and group activities.
Interaction beyond the classroom walls
A class can now learn about the Antarctic by following the expedition of a team of scientists, read their blogs, view photos, e-mail questions and even talk live with the scientists via a videoconference. Technology can support collaboration, not just between the students within same classroom, but also between the students from different classrooms within same school or between classes from different schools regardless of distance.
Access for all abilities
Using technology has also been reported to play a positive role in helping students with tactile learning preferences; students with
visual or other physical disability; and students who need extra support in learning.
Engage tech-savvy students and enhance learning
If you want to provide the best educational experience, tech-savvy students need to be engaged in the ways they live, play and study. More than 60% of students’ smartphones and tablets are reportedly being used for academic purposes, a rate that has nearly doubled in just one year.
“More than 60% of students’ smartphones and tablets are reportedly being used for academic purposes, a rate that has nearly doubled in just one year. ”
Minimise the need for eyes In the back of your head
By connecting a computer to a smart screen, or having students all connected to the same content, the teacher will no longer need to waste time turning their back on the class writing on a whiteboard, they can now face the class, always attracting student attention by sharing presentations, software lessons, or interactive websites with the entire class in one sitting.
Provide academic and digital learning
Make fractions more comprehensible by using virtual tools, such as pictures of cubes, pie graphs, and other objects. Take a walk-thru tour of a historical event or view and underground railroad and ask the class to make choices on direction to see where their choices end up. Or even watch a virtual dissection of a frog rather than having 24 of them perish in one class of biology.
Build motion into kindergarten lessons
Young children have short attention spans and respond better to instruction if it includes movement and hands-on action, such as getting up to answer a question or demonstrating how to use a tool. They also respond well to the colourful graphics that are much easier for a large group to view on a large screen.
It has been found that when students are exposed to interactive or enhanced learning environments, they tend to adopt deeper approach to learning and develop higher learning skills. This kind of learning is needed to develop innovative, imaginative and creative tendencies among our students. It is also necessary that our students learn the effective use of technology for working and learning in a collaborative manner. These skills are essential to face the challenges of future workforce and society.
At Delta we offer a variety of tools to help you do this, and whether you are a member of a school P&F, a business manager or in a position to improve the classroom environment around you, we would love to have a chat about making this a reality.