Technology for a “21st Century Classroom”

 I was recently asked by the chair of the education department at a local university to create a list of technology tools that should be included in a “21st Century Classroom.” Our IT-Ed Services team brainstormed and came up with the following list. What would you add? -Nancy

 

Technology for a 21st Century Classroom

The room itself should be a flexible learning space, with the ability to re-configure furniture and equipment based on student need. Further, the entire school should be a flexible learning space, with the ability to re-purpose any room, combine classes, or create small collaborative work space for students.

Classroom Environment Needs:

  • Wireless connection
  • Sufficient bandwidth
  • Sufficient electrical outlets
  • Sufficient storage for multimedia projects (may be handled at the district level)

Basic Classroom Technology

  • Projector
  • Document Camera
  • Classroom response system (“Clickers”)  – unless all students have their own digital device (see below)
  • Classroom management System – such as Moodle – moving toward “Flipped Classroom”, blended learning and personalized learning
  • Electronic Portfolio software/storage system – helping students prepare for changes to college application processes and building a “positive digital footprint”
  • Access to digital resources (through the library)
    • Ebooks/etextbooks
    • Databases
      • Organized databases of primary sources
      • Journal/newspaper and scholarly works
      • Educational Digital Videos/Simulations to include 3D Technology
      • Access to Web 2.0 Tools for collaboration and communication
        • Skype
        • Wikis
        • Google Docs/Apps
        • Blogs

Teacher Technology Needs

  • Laptop – preferably a tablet

Student technology Needs:

  • Personal Digital Device – this could be a netbook, iPad, iPodtouch, tablet, or their own cell phone. This eliminates the need for some kind of classroom response system
  • Digital cameras and digital video cameras for student use in projects
  • Headsets/microphones for podcasting, Skyping

Author: Nancy White

Learner, Curator, Innovator, Teacher, Librarian, and Collaborator. Passionate about designing learning that is engaging, relevant & sticks. 20+ years in education.

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