In the article, "Transforming Education with Technology", Karen Cator paints a picture of a classroom of the future. The atmosphere is filled with not just technology, but collaboration, authentic tasks, problem solving and relevance in learning. These students aren't using technology for the sake of using it, but the teachers are facilitating authentic learning through the use of 21st century skills.
Although my students are not blessed with personal laptops and smart phones or broadband internet, my classroom is similar in many ways. My students' desks are grouped in pods, with no clear front of the room. There is a Smartboard hooked to a laptop, as well at three other computers (and now a Netbook!) The student are usually not at their desks, instead they might be at the carpet using the Smartboard, spread around the room collaborating with one another or working in small math or reading groups. After Pinnacle last year I decided to get rid of my teacher desk and I didn't even miss it last year. I still have a long way to go to become the ideal ISTE teacher, but I'm definitely willing to work to get there :)
Maybe for the future....
|A few of my pods, Classroom Library, Small Group Area and Manipulative Area. This is before school started....That explains the neatness!|
|Smartboard and Carpet Area!|
|I even covered my white board and made a Word Wall!|
|One can only hope!|
|And keep hoping!|
Anyway, education is definitely changing and it is crucial that we change with the times. Not only so we can have cool gadgets, but so the students stay engaged and are prepared for the future!