What are Smart Classrooms?

Experimental classrooms can already sense the location and actions of the teacher and students, and change the environment accordingly. Remote sensing and control technologies, delivered over the ever-present network, are enabling real-time access to laboratories, sophisticated equipment, and experiments directly from the classroom. Advanced video conferencing and collaboration tools combined with real-time language translation tools allow the simple creation of learning communities with members across the globe. Real-time recording and indexing tools allow lectures to be captured and made searchable in a single pass. Using a wide variety of these and other emerging technologies, smart classrooms have evolved into spaces that bring the outside world into the discussion, affording students the opportunity to participate in increasingly active, hands-on learning activities. Simultaneously, as learning technology becomes more mobile, smart classrooms are extending beyond the physical space of a given room, going along with learners wherever they happen to be.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

The Smart classroom allows for what a teacher and student need and when they need it and adjusts the environment accordingly. This seems as if it might be a little beyond what would be available in the next five years except in a virtual world however in a teacher education program this would be an ideal way to "experiment" with the "what if's." However, even today we can leverage the opportunity for real-time tools that provide connectivity to experts in the field to provide insight and perspective into strategies being used. - lynn.nolan lynn.nolan Feb 27, 2011

The Smart Classroom allows for what teachers and students need when they need and deliver these tools as they need these.

How fast are teachers able to keep up with technology to make sense of it against pedagogically sound models that have been used? The tools that are developed have the ability to change the modality of the classroom, prompt better engagements but teachers need to be trained both in delivery as well as mindsets that gives rise to independent learning. Does deeper learning then take place when students think they need it but it deviates from the actual learning outcome? - adrian.lim adrian.lim Feb 27, 2011

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • How this can be applied in teacher education programs in virtual environments. - lynn.nolan lynn.nolan Feb 27, 2011
  • How Professional Development in the use of these virtual environments play a part - adrian.lim adrian.lim Feb 27, 2011
  • Some questioning of the cost - and value - of these expensive installations in traditional settings. The products will need a lot of maintenance and technical support, teachers a lot of training and support. How is all this to be managed and scheduled? Are there not cheaper more scalable alternatives, based perhaps on individual learners? Is this really the classroom of the future that we want, and can afford? - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 27, 2011

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • That differentiated learning can take place, challenging the needs of the student and allowing teachers to rethink the route of learning for different students. Ratio of student to teachers can also be explored more - will this mode of teaching be useful for large student ratio classrooms so that technologies help teachers? - adrian.lim adrian.lim Feb 27, 2011

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?