Lessons learnt: If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our students of tomorrow

Lessons learnt: If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our students of tomorrow
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Consider a simple schoolroom in the 1950s. The space is modest, with rows of desks and few decorations. Children sit quietly in their seats as the teacher writes notes on the chalkboard. Over time, we’ve seen many changes to this basic system: furniture has become more comfortable, we’ve introduced innovative technologies like computers into classrooms, and teaching methods have grown more diverse to include project-based learning and online education platforms. The classroom is not the only place for learning. The modern world has opened up many opportunities for learning outside of traditional educational institutions, and we are beginning to see this reflected in our education system. New models that take advantage of these opportunities are emerging that will help us better meet the needs of today’s learners, whatever they may be.

Expectations for a 21st-century classroom

The classroom is the centre of the learning process. This may seem obvious, but it's important to remember that this isn't just a room full of desks and books. The classroom is also an online community and a place where students can receive support from their peers and teachers. It should feel like home, which means you need to find ways to make every part of your school unique and welcoming for everyone who walks through its doors.

  • The classroom is a place to learn.
  • The classroom is a place to be creative.
  • The classroom is a place to be social.
  • The classroom is a place to be active.
  • The classroom is a place to be healthy.
  • The classroom is a place to feel safe and secure, physically and emotionally

Interweaving technology into a classroom can empower students to make their own decisions about what and how they learn.

Technology can be used to enhance the learning experience, making it more engaging, interactive and collaborative. It can also make the classroom accessible to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Using technology makes it possible for teachers and students to share ideas quickly and easily in different ways. Through e-mail or blogs, they can keep in touch while they are away from school;
  • Students can work together on projects with people all over the world if they use online tools such as Skype or Google Docs.
  • Through platforms like Adiutor, school leaders, teachers and guardians can easily access students' records wherever they are to save time on decision-making processes and communication.
  • Looking to the future, as virtual reality technologies advance, the prospect of an immersive learning experience for every student around the world draws closer.

The possibilities are endless and exciting. These ideas would be a great starting point for any school looking to move past the traditional classroom model. With a little bit of thought, we can bring technology into our classrooms and campuses in ways that will benefit us all.


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