Smarter Spaces – How Tech Is Being Used in Classrooms.
Gone are the days when classrooms for primary school pupils were drab places with rows of desks all facing the teacher who stood at the front of the class and talked. Occasionally she wrote on the blackboard and asked a few questions. Pupils were expected to put up their ands if they knew the answers and were asked to speak. The modern classroom is likely to be a colourful space with the pupils work prominently displayed on the walls and hanging down into the classroom. Desks are arranged in groups so that pupils can collaborate.
The old blackboards are no more, but have been replaced with Smartboards and Interactive Whiteboards, which give both pupils ad teachers a more dynamic working space. The teacher acts as a facilitator, guide, mentor and arbitrator rather than the fount of all knowledge.
Educators have realised that new technologies can enhance the teaching and learning experiences and pupils are encouraged to use them in class. If the class computer breaks down, then Smartphones can be used to get relevant information. Today’s classrooms are a far cry from those of twenty years ago.
To enhance learning environments, the Smarter Spaces campaign was launched in 2015. The aim of the campaign is to improve classrooms and to improve relationships with the school and its local community. Teachers and pupils can take charge of their teaching and learning environments and so autonomy is being fostered. When pupils have control over what and how they learn, they are being readied for their future role in the global marketplace. Autonomous learners and teachers are essential for the future. Technology can help make pupils independent learners as they are given more responsibility for their own learning.
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Using technology in the classroom has become essential, as pupils and teachers need to keep up-to-date with new developments in the field. In the real world, everyone needs to have computer skills, not just to get a job, but to communicate with others outside the small community we live in. Schools have a duty to equip their pupils with the skills they will need when they leave school and attempt to enter the world of work.
Social networking also has positive effects as communication can take place between people with different cultural backgrounds. Tolerance of “The Other” can help promote peace and harmony, counter suspicions and help foster a more harmonious and peaceful global society. How did we manage without our new technologies?