The classroom of the past is long gone. These days, in schools across the world, especially in the western world, classrooms are incredibly different. They change week upon week with new technology and apps, making learning more fun and more demanding for students. One week a child may be using a new app that helps them to learn better quicker, the next week that same child may be using a digital pen to make copious notes regarding the learning from the previous week. At all times technology is facilitating learning. This is a huge leap from what happened five years ago when textbooks were still around in classrooms.
The first way in which you can tell that the classroom of the future is here is in the sheer lack of text books. Textbooks used to be the one method that was used by the majority of teachers to help children learn. All information was found in textbooks, and if the classroom didn't have a textbook it was seen to be a strange classroom or one where less able learners were found. This has changed massively. Part of the reason for this is actually cost. Schools and school authorities are finding that it is less expensive in the long run to buy computers and other devices that last longer and can contain more information than a text book. This means that whichever school you walk into these days you will find that textbooks are virtually absent, replaced by tablets and computers that do the job 10 times better.
The classroom of the future is more mobile too. It is very rare now to see a teacher sitting at a desk. Also, school authorities are encouraging schools to make students walk around a lot more and get more exercise. In countries like America, where the number of obese children is rising, this makes sense. So the classroom of the future is here, and it is a classroom where children are walking around a lot more and discovering a lot more than they used to. This is in direct response to authorities wanting to give children more exercise, and it also handily helps children learn better through moving from place to place rather than listening to the teacher talk and then working at their desk.
One of the giveaways that tells you the classroom is the classroom of the future is the fact that much more video work is being done. This means that children can watch displays and video podcasts from around the world, and therefore visit other places virtually. Many schools are partnering up with schools overseas to offer Skype sessions, whereby children can communicate with children from other schools in other countries. This allows for a virtual field trip and is a sure sign that things are changing in classrooms.
These three signs show us that the classroom of the future is definitely here. As stated earlier, change is very rapid, and these three things will transform again next year. All good news for learners in an interactive classroom.