a classroom thesis




My son brought home his first night of 5th grade homework the other night; he flipped open his District- issued personal laptop and logged on to his teacher’s YOU TUBE channel and got to work.

Somehow, despite my knowledge of the changing 21st century classroom (in my mind, I think I viewed these changes as the “Higher Education” setting, more so than the K12 realm), I sat amazed. He still had paper and pencil, but only to show and record his work. The teacher poises the question/problem via the video, students pause and complete the problem, and then resume the video to hear the answer, as well as the teacher explains the reasoning and method of reaching the answer. Such a simple concept, yet I was impressed with the brilliance of its simplicity. Isn’t the sole purpose of homework to reinforce concepts introduced during the school day, not just busy work, as generations of children have bemoaned?

This is just a small example of how technology has impacted education. Not only is the way “we” teach changing, but the environments our teachers are teaching in and our students are learning in, have also evolved based on how technology has infiltrated our lives.

Teknion has recently partnered with Gensler on a study about technology in the classroom (https://teknion.app.box.com/s/hlrp5qzfzugu1ygq1zbs), which reveals some telling trends and considerations for not only our society in whole, but gives vendors and manufacturers tangible data to forecast and proactively engineer products/goods to meet those changing needs.    “Active learning, collaboration, reinforcing concepts through hyper-connectedness and ease of access,” are just a few of the trends associated with the 21st Century Classroom. How will (has) the physical classroom environment changed in light of this paradigm shift?  What are your thoughts on the changing face of Education, driven by our tech-savvy, hyper connected world?

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