Remember your classroom’s chalkboard? The sound it made when it squeaked and the dust that rose when you clapped the erasers together? If you think the current generation will share those memories, you haven’t visited a modern classroom.
The Tools of the Times
The tools that teachers in modernized classrooms use to educate our students have changed the landscape of education. From interactive touchscreen Smartboards to language labs to music writing software and more, children are exposed to a wide variety of technologies earlier than ever before.
The Dewey Decimal — What?
Visit your high school library and look for the card catalog. Wait! Come back—I was just kidding, because you won’t find it. The antiquated card and number system has been replaced by—guess what?—a computerized version. And don’t expect to see chalkboards and kids banging erasers out back, because they’ve been replaced, too—by Smartboards.
Instead of writing on black (or even white) boards, educators today use an interactive computer screen, often with web access, to engage kids during learning activities. Simply tapping the screen changes exercises, questions or expands on a topic as decided by the teacher.
And guess what? Kids like using the giant screen. Suddenly, learning becomes more like a game and less like writing “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” in cursive over and over. From math to English to languages and more, the Smartboard’s functionality is endless.
The New Labs
Powerful computers regularly adorn language labs, science labs, music labs and art labs. Kids in top schools are practicing their Spanish with a computerized tutor in period one, working on a graphic design on a state of the art Mac in period two and writing music on Garage Band in the lab in period three.
In these classrooms, students are learning the types of skills they’ll need to compete in the 21st century. In these labs work future Presidents, sports superstars, artists and SEO services professionals. Not only do these tools help kids become the best students they can be, they help them become the best professionals they can be, too.