Think about the classrooms of your youth. Most of us sat passively alongside 25 other students in an 800-square-foot room as the teacher delivered instruction, with a textbook as a guidepost.
Now, imagine a “next-generation” classroom, where the walls have been knocked down to create an open space in which students work with teachers, in groups or on their own on various skills and projects. Technology is thoughtfully integrated in places where it can best complement the talents of teachers.
At the same time, technology is helping to personalize learning to meet each student’s unique academic needs. As students enter the classroom each day, they review their personalized schedules on large digital screens similar to those at an airport terminal; open their notebook computers to check the progress they’ve made on their “skills playlist”; and resume their work.
Before heading to their next class, students complete a daily “exit slip” assessment, which cues the computerized system that their work is done for the day. An analysis follows, and customized work plans for the next day are set.