What will our educational system look like in a decade? Will there even be physical classrooms? Will school have evolved into some sort of theme park full of interactive technologies and fun learning gadgets?
Technology will certainly play a part in creating the exciting atmospheres that educators seek to provide for their students. Educators and administrators have even taken the conversation about educating our youth to the next level by utilizing social media tools such as Twitter and Edmodo.com to communicate with each other for fresh ways to inspire youth to find their own education intriguing.
In a recap of recent Twitter Chat #edchat, The Classroom of Tomorrow highlights conversations motivated teachers and administrators from around the world came together to talk about. They presented interesting ideas about what they think the classroom will look like in ten years. Not the physical classroom, but the future of education.
While we can’t make every school feel like a theme park, we can inspire students to get excited about getting engaged in their learning experience. Here are some of the ideas educators shared:
- Global collaborations: Interactions online on class blogs, online pen pal programs and picture exchange networks.
- Education across time and place: Encouraging students to converse over common interests instead of just projects or assignments, creating a classroom hashtag to follow conversations outside of the classroom.
- Contributors who aren’t found in the classroom: Get “outsiders” who are not traditional teachers and administrators to inspire students through interactions online. Bringing real subject matter into their hands from professionals and real-life sources for a larger impression than reading about it in a book.
What if the technology that will be used in 10 years could start to shape the interactions our youth have with their educators today? Using tools such as video conferencing and social media to encourage students to interact and actively engage in their own learning process.