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Future Classroom Scenarios MOOC

09.01.2017 - 26.02.2017

Hello! I am Dora Romano and I'm Italian. I teach English and I am a supportive teacher, to students age 14-19. I also take part of the school staff.

My school is located in Parabita, in the region Apulia, south of Italy, extraordinary territory with notable development potential in cultural, environmental and tourism areas.

The school population is around 1000 students. They are taught by about 200 teachers. so this is really "great" school.

This diary includes my answers and reflections to the questions and tasks posed during the course and also comments, ideas, resources from the course materials or shared by other course participants.

My school:

I.I.S.S. "E. Giannelli"

Course Introduction

1.1. Why should we change our classroom practices?

Why should we change how we teach and learn in schools? Has it not proved effective for the last decades, even centuries? And why should we bring technology into our teaching? Is it not simply a distraction? Lots of questions!

Dr Deirdre Butler is a senior lecturer in Education at St. Patrick’s College with responsibility for designing and co-ordinating learning programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students using a broad range of digital technologies to enable them to understand what being digital in learning can be. She gives us some answers

This is my thought in the pallet tool

I really agree with Deidre when she says that we should help pupils not to be afraid of failure. Failure is a step towards knowledge, when you learn from it. Impact with ICT is important. All of us should learn to cope with new technologies in the classrooms and at home for lessons plan or communication with students. Also, Teacher as a mediator between the past and the future.

1.2. Past, Present and Future Classrooms

Exploring similar questions to Deirdre but with a slightly different take on them, take a look at this video where Bart Verswijvel, Pedagogical Advisor at European Schoolnet, provides a brief overview on the organization of learning spaces in the past and then explores different classroom setups and learning environments.

This is my padlet tool text

Bart describes the new teaching environment very clearly. I agree with him when he foresees a more open and flexible spaces in primary school learning classrooms, while in secondary school students are more prepared to receive a frontal lesson. Yet, nowadays, new technologies are also influencing the way we get education. So, some changes are needed in methodology and learning environments.

1.3. 21st Century Skills

Roger Blamire, Senior Advisor to European Schoolnet, provides us with an introduction to what is commonly referred to as 21st Century Skills.

My thoughts on padlet.....

Roger shows a very complex society where EU key competences (learn to learn, communicate, active citizenship, and so on ..) are strongly required in people in order to cope with rapidly changing cultural, social and economical scenarios. Teachers should be visionary people to help students to be self-confident and "well-equipped" going towards the future world.

1.4. The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels

If you are in Brussels anytime soon, come take a look at the Future Classroom Lab, a flexible learning space organised around developing 21st Century Skills in the classroom. In the meantime, take a look at this tour of the Future Classroom Lab's learning zones.

My padlet reflections...

Could you organize your classroom around learning zones? If not, why not?

Yes, it is possible if we are doing lesson in a laboratory (i.e. chemical lab or artistic lab).

How would you organize learning in the Future Classroom Lab?

I would create zones where students can: Investigate, Create, Share knowledge, Present and self-develop

Share your thoughts on these questions and the Future Classroom Lab

Facilities are needed to start out with such an innovative way of learning. Anyway, the idea is really great!

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