A digital classroom is one which mostly or indeed wholly relies on electronic devices and software.
Is it always a good thing?
I feel that the balance needs to be right. We are not yet at the stage where we can ditch the pen and paper however we need to be mindful that we are teaching children whose digital futures are uncertain – we simply don’t know where technology will go.
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” – John Dewey.
How digital is my classroom?
In my class we definitely have a balance of technology and ‘non-technology’! We have a 1:1 iPad scheme in which every child is expected to bring an iPad daily.
In most lessons, the iPads are used – whether it be for basic research, video recording or using an app.
We use Google Classroom as our core online communication tool. It is like Facebook, but your only friends are your class. I set not only online assignments and challenges but also ones they must do offline, usually using pen and paper.
I would say, in terms of written work, we do approximately 60% in exercise books and 40% online. This is surely to increase in the near future.
How digital is your classroom? Let me know by commenting below.