Let’s take a quick peek at a future (near future!) instructor who has adapted to technology. 

It’s Monday morning, which means another day and another exciting week in the technologically enhanced classroom. 

(Psst! That’s you!) Mrs. Apple walks into her classroom, hurriedly turns on her laptop, and goes over the daily news and podcasts that the children will be watching shortly. She then goes to the school’s web community, where she finds some announcements and where her kids had been working on their online activities all night.

She responds to a few of their queries regarding an upcoming project as well as a parent’s concerns about their son’s math grades. The parent is in southern India on business, but she has been monitoring her son’s progress in the school’s password-protected virtual community. Homework included a notebook, a science quiz, and a French crossword. 

Mrs. Apple swiftly and efficiently reviews the marks and comments on the activities without having to shuffle the pages. She beams when she realizes the pupils’ Space Glossary has grown to almost 100 words. The return of the Space Shuttle will be featured on the morning news, which may extract some further space jargon. She goes over the most recent posts and gives her approval.

A student who enjoys dealing with technology arrives early in the morning to set up the classroom projector, digital whiteboard, and electronic tablet. To ensure that the equipment and student response systems are ready for the day’s job, he tests them. Meanwhile, the instructor prepares a number of digital courses, PowerPoint presentations, and web pages that she will use throughout the day. 

The kids enter and take part in the school’s opening exercises, which are broadcast on the multimedia system. The words of the national anthem scroll across the bottom of the screen as photos of their country’s scenery and history flash across the classroom monitor.

The class opens with a ten-minute overview of global and national events provided in a student-friendly way. Students prepare to learn more about their world from people their own age after a brief discussion and activities connected to current events. The class connects with their digital pen buddies on the other side of the globe via video link, and a student-moderated debate ensues, allowing both classes to ask questions and acquire a human perspective on their pen pals’ countries, which will aid them in their upcoming assignments.

Following the completion of the online conference, each student writes a formal letter to their pen pal and sends it via their school email. A few students provide an animated short film they made in computer class, while others contribute video skits they preformed in drama class and uploaded to their personal hard drives.

A group of enthusiastic student web designers decided to put their talents to the test by entering a youth site design competition sponsored by a multinational technology corporation. Students become so engaged in the project that they spend their lunch breaks and weekends trying to win the grand prize. 

After lunch, the teacher has the pupils answer questions utilizing their computerized student response devices in order to get immediate feedback on whether or not they understood the previous day’s lecture. Following a quick review of the quiz results, the instructor uploads a few pages from the previous day’s session to provide the students with the needed clarification.

Now that the teacher is certain that the students understand yesterday’s lecture, he uses video, interactive software, and electronic whiteboard exercises to introduce the next topic, and he uses student response systems to regularly monitor their understanding. Students finish their assignments after the class, and a few students use a visual software package to study the lesson again. 

Finally, the class decided to contribute to Wikipedia. They’ve been updating information on their town’s history. One student brought in an ancient history book from her grandmother, which will assist the class in gathering new knowledge for their entry.

In this technology-enabled classroom, the day and year go on like this. Interactive courses, professional online presentations, conferences, hands-on exercises, and digital exams are all utilized in a fun, efficient, and productive manner. The only remaining question is if you intend to teach in this type of environment.