Turn An Ordinary Classroom Into A Smart Classroom

Posted by Jerry Doll on Fri, Nov, 23, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

smart classroomSmart classrooms are often known as technology-enhanced classrooms. Whatever they’re called, it’s a term used to refer to dedicated classrooms that have been enhanced to accommodate a variety of learning technology tools. In a typical configuration, classroom technology will include networked personal computer terminals, a data projector, DVD player and an audio system. A touch panel to control screens will be located at the instructor’s desk. An intelligent lectern in the classroom will also incorporate a PC or tablet computer and audio-visual controls. The room should also include Wi-Fi connectivity and/or available network connections for guests with laptops.  

Here are some of the guidelines schools and other educational entities have adopted for incorporating the smart classroom.

  1. Resist both the temptation to over-engineer technology-enhanced classrooms and the impulse buying that accompanies it. Smart classrooms should be easy to manage. Reduce cable clutter where possible -- wireless connectivity is a good step toward that goal.

  2. Don’t impose technology in classrooms where it isn’t required and may not even serve the interests of the  learning process. Allow teachers input into technology decisions. Faculty should not be made to feel that the adoption of technology in a classroom deprives them of their individual approach to teaching or over-standardizes learning.  

  3. Train first, then migrate. Don’t install technology in a classroom before instructors or faculty have the proper training in how to utilize it. The school should make sure everyone’s up to speed before expecting lectures to switch from a chalkboard to an interactive whiteboard with web links.  

  4. Configure the technology-enhanced classroom for the teachers and students -- not hired A/V consultants. Outside advice about smart classrooms should come from instructional technologists with real-world experience in both classroom teaching and technology.  

  5. Stay current by regular re-evaluations of the hardware and software in  classrooms. Decide what’s truly useful and what’s just advanced bells and whistles. Think about how close to the “bleeding edge” of new technology you really want to be.  

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