The digital classroom refers to the “technology-enabled“classroom where student learning and interaction with the instructor and peers is fully supported through strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Profile of a Digital Classroom:
Use of projector and tablet: The teacher uses the projected tablet screen to display and write most notes and work in class..And all the notes/problems that were written or worked during class, and these can be saved, emailed, or posted online. S/he has more instructional time because problems or lecture notes are already ready for class and don’t need to be written during class time. The teacher can also pull up student screens on the main display to show to the class, or to have students work problems for the class.
Inquiry, Project, & Problem-Based Learning: This technology puts powerful tools to the students which can be used with a more student-centered approach to curriculum which challenges students to find answers to problems and create meaningful digital products.
Less Paper Work: The digital classroom takes advantage of being able to write on the tablet in a variety of programs. Students can submit their assignments to digital drop-boxes before class even begins, and teachers can carry them anywhere with their tablets. Students and teachers both retain copies of documents shared with each other, and they can collaborate online. The teachers can retain copies of annotations made on student work.
Outside experts: Students might also have an occasional opportunity to communicate in some form with experts in the field.
Teacher Resources: The vast details of electronic information sources online allows teachers to create customized materials for classes. This course content enables the teacher to work to her/his students’ strengths & weaknesses and provide a more customized approach to curricular development and delivery than is possible with a “one-size-fits-all” textbook driving the curriculum.
Digital Knowledge: In the digital classroom it is understood that students must gain fluency searching, evaluating, manipulating, creating, and publishing information in a variety of media forms and formats. Text, hypertext, blogging, audio, video, wikis, networks, social-networking, and other web2.0 tools are used to support and take advantage of multiple learning styles and multiple intelligences.
Web sites: A digital classroom is strongly supported by a class website, extending learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom and the time period of the class. The website includes:
Assignments and details
Instructional materials and resources
Parent and student frequently asked questions
Collaboration tools (group or team areas)
Events & announcements
Assignment submission drop box
5 Unique Tools For Digital Classrooms: