ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How different is your current classroom from the one in which you learned when you were a student?
The biggest difference I see is in the amount of technology available. I used to have to go to a computer lab, and now students have laptops, tablets, and smartphones. With more technology it seems that technology skills are taught less and students are just expected to have them. However, I do believe the idea of what education is has changed dramatically. "Instruction doesn't consist primarily of lecturing to students who sit in rows at desks, dutifully listening and recording what they hear, but, rather, offers every child a rich, rewarding, and unique learning experience. The educational environment isn't confined to the classroom but, instead, extends into the home and the community and around the world. Information isn't bound primarily in books; it's available everywhere in bits and bytes" (Lanier, 1997). This quote is from when I was in elementary school and I don't think it is different than what is expected now. Thomas and Brown (2011) echo the same notion that learning can be augmented by using the information in digital media and by focusing "on learning through engagement within the world."
With all of the new technology available Heick (2014) gives 7 ways the classroom has changed:
This last quote from Thomas and Brown (2011) really sums up my thoughts after reading this week: "A growing digital, networked infrastructure is amplifying our ability to access and use nearly unlimited resources and incredible instruments while connecting with one another at the same time." Digital connection can be integral in helping students connect to course content really expanding their learning.
Heick, T. (2014, March 25). 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed. Retrieved February 02, 2017, from http://www.teachthought.com/terry-heick/7-ways-teaching-has-changed
Lanier, J. T. (1997, July 01). Redefining the Role of the Teacher: It's a Multifaceted Profession. Retrieved February 03, 2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/redefining-role-teacher
Levinson, M. (2015, January 14). O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone? Retrieved February 02, 2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/captain-where-has-teaching-gone-matt-levinson
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change [Kindle].