THE PAST: class room 30 desks, 30 chairs, a white board at the front….
The Future: Furniture, technology, diversity, flexibility, productivity…
In our fast-paced world with technology continuously progressing beyond the realms of science fiction, it is not surprising that some of this advanced technology is being utilised in our education sector.
Each passing year sees the creation of new and improved learning material. Providing quality, accessible education that stimulates and intrigues young minds is the key to further development.
What is a Smart classroom?
Smart classroom, in a general sense, is a new constitution which integrates electronic areas and human interface as well as technology and traditional teaching methods to form an innovative, advanced, flexible learning environment. Smart Classrooms are technology enhanced classrooms that foster opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating learning technology, such as computers, specialized software, audience response technology, networking, and audio/visual capabilities.
Smart classroom gives great opportunity to share learning environment in the information age in which basic learning skills become much more important than the former training systems. Furthermore, it is the best configuration which makes distance points near and makes learning wide. In this configuration, it is seen that human computer interaction occurs at a high level
The objective in the Smart Classroom is to make computer use in the classroom as simple, friendly and non-intimidating as possible.
Smart Classroom Features
- Ceiling mounted LCD projector and projection screen
- Laptop connectivity for both Macintosh & PC laptops
- Sound system
- Touchscreen Control system
- AUX-video Input
Some classrooms have additional resources, which may include:
- Resident Dual-OS Computer with Mac OS X & Windows Vista w/DVD-RW (over 30 software titles available)
- Dual-OS Mac with Windows Vista
- Microphone (wireless hand-held and/or lavaliere)
- Document Camera
- Stereo Sound
- Wireless Presenter/Mouse
- USB extension cable for Flash drives
- LCD projector
- Tabletop screen
- Cables for laptop projector hookup and network connectivity
- Mobile carrying case
In recent years, the uses of distance education systems in all kinds of education have been increasing. One of the tools for distance education system is probably smart classrooms, simultaneous classroom environments. It is, therefore, important to increase the effectiveness of smart classroom to enhance the learning environment in distance education.