The interactive classroom is very much becoming the norm now across the world. Many schools and other educational institutions are quickly realising that unless children start to use enquiry learning more efficiently they will fall behind in the education stakes. Outside of league tables, the importance of the problem cannot be underestimated. These are children's lives that we're talking about, and their future prosperity relies upon just how much they learn in the classroom. It is for this reason that so many schools are now using technology in a more proactive way to build in enquiry based learning and make the classroom a truly interactive classroom.
This article looks at how one school has done this. The school has very carefully chosen the particular piece of technology they want to use. They've taken on iPads, which is a tablet device that can be used with digital smart pens as well as other aspects of technology to ensure that children learn quicker and more effectively. The iPad itself is easy to use, and has great flexibility built into it. A child can walk from one table to the next, talking to his or her colleagues about the work that they are doing, and they can also record notes and create presentations, all from the tablet itself. This is true of any tablet technology, and any smart pen technology, where notes are recorded for future use.
One interesting use of this technology that is illustrated by the article here, is the fact that teachers are able to post notes onto a student's iPad to improve the learning experience. This is nonintrusive and allows the student to take note of what is being passed on to them as part of their enquiry based learning. This is exceptional, because it prevents a student from spending too much time listening to a teacher. This frees up more of the students time to focus on making their own notes and finding their own conclusions around the work that they are doing. It is much more effective and also prepares a student for more intensive work as they get older.
And this article also shows how this kind of technology pushes towards the true essence of the interactive classroom. The children here are interacting with their learning, not with the teacher necessarily. They are looking at the topic and interacting with it themselves, finding out their own information and exploring the issues themselves.
It will be interesting to see what the next change would be in this particular arena. There are so many areas in which developments could take place. We feel that students themselves will bring their own devices to school on a more regular basis, and that this will become the norm in the future. In the meantime, the interactive classroom is here to stay, and it is encouraging to see so many students interact with the work rather than listening to the teacher all the time.