21st Century Classroom?

by John Woodring


I just saw this infographic on Google+ from the Australian-based online course company Open Colleges, shared this infographic about what the classroom of the 21st Century should look like. I like the way students are potrayed as bringing their own mobile devices or laptops engaged in a lesson at the front. However, there are a couple of things that strike me as very 20th Century. First, look at where the teacher is located. She should be viewed as walking around the students with a connected tablet instead of being chained to her desk at the front of the room. Teachers need to break away and move around their students to observe the work being done. Next, the students are shown in their individual desks in nice, neat 20th Century type rows. There seems to be no collaboration amongst themselves with teacher guidance. Maybe they are taking notes on what is being shown on the projector at the front of the room. Yet, should these students not already have the notes or video on their devices? Finally, a student or group of students should be giving the presentation. This infographic is a start but the artist who conceived this picture should do a little more homework.

http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/07/infographic-components-21st-century-classroom/

From my iPhone.