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Technology for a “21st Century Classroom”

March 4, 2011

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. Projectors are widely used in learning process, so it is always possible to check out BuyDLP.com options to choose the most suitable. 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

3 Comments
December 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

Can I get more information about this? Thanks!

    Nancy White
    March 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hi Karen, I highly recommend Educon for anyone passionate about public education and learning! The conference is held in January – always the weekend before Superbowl! Here is a link: http://2016.educon.org/ -You can access many of the resoures from the website.
    Best,
    Nancy

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