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2010 Q2 Special Report: Classroom Technologies

on May 5, 2010

Quality learning takes place when students connect with information and can internalize it in a way that alters or enriches their thinking. In a world of rich media, instantaneous connectivity and high expectations, educators must deploy techniques that focus student attention while providing meaningful presentations that encourage and engage. This Special Report focuses on those classroom technologies that enable teachers to more effectively capture student interest, develop lifelong learning skills, deliver content relevant for each student and efficiently assess student understanding. Chalk and filmstrips don’t cut it anymore.

Along those same lines, the classroom must be redefined. Today’s classroom is not only that which is contained within four walls of bricks and mortar. A classroom in the 21st century is any location where a convergence of instruction and learning can take place. These new classrooms can include online sessions, collaborative sessions and other virtual sessions in addition to more traditional
settings. Regardless of the setting, students and teachers expect to have access to pertinent resources that support the learning process.

In this report the term classroom refers to all of these locations. To be an effective learning locale, the site must possess appropriate technology along with other vital resources including subject content, instructional modality and assessment tools.

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on Sep 21, 2010
Until a medical episode led to my retirement, I was provost of a private, not-for-profit university. I am currently studying higher education history and future trends with the intent of witing about where higher education has been and where it is going