Take a peek at the classroom of tomorrow

Dec 19, 2011

The latest in interactive technology is storming the classroom, and learning will never be the same. The days of chalkboards and even pens and pencils are being replaced with laptops, digital projectors, tablets, eBoards, and who knows what next?

Over recent decades, modern schooling has evolved into a mixture of traditional methods and new forms of teaching aided by digital technology. One of the latest educational advancements having a major impact on the class environment is the Digital eBoard. By enhancing the lines of communication between the teacher and the student, with new forms of media and interactive techniques, students are able to benefit from a richer and well-rounded education.

But how? you might ask.

Teachers can now bring up high-quality images, articles or videos with various other links onto the eBoard to support their course material. By utilising external sources, such as the internet, the class work is not limited to a textbook or even the teacher’s experience but to the endless information source that is the Web. And so, with the expert guidance of the teacher, resources such as the Web can be used effective teaching tools.

The class work can be shared with student laptops from the eBoard easily via wireless streaming, ensuring a truly collaborative environment. This sharing also allows for teachers to maintain a certain amount of control over what the students are viewing on their screens, e.g. making sure they’re not on distracted with personal websites during class time. This then lends itself to new possibilities in testing and assignments, with exams or quizzes being digitally downloaded onto screens and then automatically transferred back to the teacher.

The touch screen technology allows lessons to take on new forms of class participation. With either the use of pen or finger, classmates and teachers alike can demonstrate complicated ideas with the use of movable images on the screen. This also helps unlock the creative element in course work, which is a powerful method of connecting with and teaching students.

Some of the more advanced eBoards come with software packages to provide extra tools for the teachers. For example, the Samsung’s 650TS Interactive eBoard features basic drawing software, a contents library and Classroom Management Software - giving teachers even more resources for their students.

The major hurdle for new devices in the classroom environment is in maintaining the traditional values we expect of the education system, like human interaction and guidance, while at the same time providing the generations of tomorrow with resources, opportunities, and tools that weren’t previously available.