TOPIC 2: The role of teachers in new educational environments TOPIC 2: The role of teachers in new educational environments

With the constant evolution in pedagogical approaches, the role of teachers and educators also evolves. In particular, by implementing the concept of the Flipped Classroom, lessons become less teacher-centered and more student-centered. In that sense, how does this affect the role of educators?

On the one hand, lessons are no longer structured in a way in which content is just delivered, nor is the teacher the one doing it. Instead, the educator takes the role of a facilitator of learning. This new role has the advantages of, for instance, being able to work with students in smalls groups and of making one-on-one interaction possible. As a result, teachers can gain a clearer idea of the students' different levels, so they can tailor their instruction to the needs of each one.

On the other hand, the use of ICT is posing even further changes in education, vastly affecting the teachers work and their professional development. The incorporation of new technologies is, as we have seen, affecting the type of activities to be done in the classroom as well as the pedagogical approaches (without technolgy, the flipped classroom wouldn't be possible, for a start).

In the future, learning is expected to become much more personalized, collaborative and informal as well as supported by flexible and dynamic virtual environments and by a range of tools facilitating learning inside and outside the classroom.

OPEN QUESTIONS

  • How do you think the role of the teacher should shift in the future? What should be the primary role of the educator?
  • What is your opinion on the use of ICT in the classroom for this type of scenarios?
  • What are your expectations for the classroom of the future?

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My future classroom would be more of a MakerSpace/Fablab

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My future classroom would be more of a Makerspace/fablab with a very long working table in the middle. Lots of working spaces around the walls and filled with different technologies, like 3D printer, lasercutter, vinylcutter, foliocutter, spheros/lilypads/rasberry pi/sparki/makey makey/bots etc.

With a high speed network and students working with BYOD in class.

We would be working with Minecraft in Matemathics, robot technology in Science and using tablets/labtops/ smartphones for documentation and evaluations.

There would be visible set targets for the students to messure their learning progress and parents should be invited to join several times a year.

Lots of hands-on-activities combined with bookstudies and sharing knowledge.
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11/30/15 11:52 AM as a reply to Thorbjørn Hartelius.
Thorbjørn Hartelius:
My future classroom would be more of a Makerspace/fablab with a very long working table in the middle. Lots of working spaces around the walls and filled with different technologies, like 3D printer, lasercutter, vinylcutter, foliocutter, spheros/lilypads/rasberry pi/sparki/makey makey/bots etc.

With a high speed network and students working with BYOD in class.

We would be working with Minecraft in Matemathics, robot technology in Science and using tablets/labtops/ smartphones for documentation and evaluations.

There would be visible set targets for the students to messure their learning progress and parents should be invited to join several times a year.

Lots of hands-on-activities combined with bookstudies and sharing knowledge.


You definitely have a clear vision of what the future classroom should resemble, with plenty of great ideas.
At second level, they would complement the theories behind STEM.
It would be great for students to be able to bring their phones and tablets for use in the class.
My only reservation is the initial cost. Funding would have to be sought from local industry and the big businesses like Google,Facebook, Apple,Microsoft etc.as these companies reap the benefit of better ICT in education.

Michael O'Leary
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