We’re deep into the 21st century. Why are we still talking about classrooms for the future? Our students are learning in classrooms for today, and they need to learn skills that will prepare them for jobs that we don’t even know exist. Teachers and students in classrooms for today need instructional leaders to show the way.
What does it look like when students are fully engaged with content – using technology? It is a class demonstrating mastery of vocabulary by creating online books using StoryBird; another class, all voices heard in a written discussion around quotes from a video, using the discussion forum in their learning management system; students making screencasts of their Google Maps tour of countries around the world; and students visiting with a class in South Africa. These are the kinds of experiences that should be common-place in classrooms for today.