So I’ve talked about it before, but I was selected to be a guinea pig for a new 21st century classroom. I’ll be teaching two classes in this classroom: Geometry Regents, and Applied Math (second half of year is called Consumer Math). The Applied/Consumer math will consist of mostly PBL (project based learning), while Geometry will have a project or two (don’t foresee it to be fitting perfectly).
Here is an update about what the classroom currently looks like, 2 days before school starts:
What is it all?
- ~25 Laptops, slightly more powerful than a netbook
- A new medium-sized smartboard (the large one is 2 years old)
- Ideapaint in the corner of the room (a large whiteboard)
- Smart Response clickers (personal response system)
- 2 computers at waist height for impromptu computing
- Clip-on microphone and speakers in the ceiling
What does it all mean?
I don’t know. I’ve used a smartboard for 2 years, and laptops for 4. Otherwise everything else is new, and I’m not sure how/if it will affect my instruction. I’m most excited at the constant ability to access computers at my whim, and I’m a little terrified at the idea of the microphone (how can I swear under my breath now???!??).
The classroom, my instruction, my grading system, and my results are a work-in-progress. I’ll let you know how it goes
p.s. The hardest part of this whole process was essentially kicking out the person who had this room before. I had shared the room with him for the past 4 years, and it was his classroom. They sadly had to paint over some great sayings he had painted on the walls, and he had to find a new room.
It wasn’t my choice, and having him booted just plain sucked.