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10 years from today: Classrooms with different cultures

April 5, 2012 - 10 Comments

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 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.

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  1. As always it is the teacher and parents who must make education relevant to students. Technology should become an inclusive tool. Where alll can obtain access to hardware and applicationsif needed.Laptops, iPads, and laptop computers — paid for with the help of state dollars — are becoming an increasingly popular sight in classrooms.

  2. I 100% agree with you on this ,classroom would not be the same 10 years from now. I would love to see the change happen!!!

    • Absolutely, Aayush! I can’t wait to see the transformation. I was talking to a teacher this weekend about the possibilities she’s opened up by implementing some project-based learning in her classroom and putting students in charge of their own education – very exciting.

  3. Nah. Not always the case Kerry. There are a lot of schools, especially in my place where teachers do not apply technology in their lesson, probably because of lack of resources. Then the big challenge lies to the teacher and to the school itself I suppose. What teachers feed them will become the learners. 🙂

    • Very true. Good educators will find a way to be successful – regardless of technology. I know of many highly effective, under-resourced schools struggling to access technology. Others are able to find resources and grants to focus on using technology to reach beyond geography.
      Hopefully, more and more schools will be able to increase access to technologies that help them reach out beyond the classroom and classtime for learning.

  4. Students nowadays tend to engage with what the new technology offers them, educators do. So as an educator, you need to be flexible and be in with your students’ interest.

    • I absolutely agree, Joanne! Students utilize technologies outside the classroom and are more engaged when they can utilize the same devices and communication methods at school. With the tools available today, the world really is the classroom!

  5. oh thank you for this post kery superb.

  6. Hey thanks for highlighting this issue. I wouild agree on this point that in the coming decade class blogs will serve as a platform for educators to interact with students and help them clear their concepts. I would stress no matter how much we rely on technology the role of human teachers will remain intact and rightly so as humans have emotions while gadgets, internet lack emotions.

    • I completely agree – technology will never replace and will only be effective in supporting the work of good educators. It is exciting to see what teachers and students are accomplishing with the help of various collaboration technologies. Will be fun to look back in another ten years!