The 21st Century Classroom: Digital Integration
Digital Technology is a catalyst for change in education. When it comes to learning and teaching, one size does not fit all. Technological advancements increasingly allow us to design better and more appropriate learning spaces for the 21st Century learner. Technology has thoroughly transformed the way young people engage with information and therefore has changed the way they should learn.
What does digital integration in a learning space involve?
Forbes Magazine identified 6 top digital transformation trends in education, which include augmented/ virtual/ mixed reality, classroom set of devices, redesigned learning spaces, artificial intelligence, personalised learning and gamification.
Gone are the days when teachers would stand at the front of a class and talk at students. Learning spaces are evolving along with technological advancements. Active, collaborative and connected learning spaces are now commonplace in which students have a more personalised approach to learning.
How does digital integration play a part in this?
Dynamic learning integrally uses technology to switch between different learning environments. ALTC research suggests that the most effective spaces support a range of learning environments. Students are so familiar with mobile and social technologies to display digital content that it creates a highly interlinked learning environment, putting them at the forefront of their own learning. eLearning Industry states that, ‘students today are constantly engaging with technology outside the classroom. Kids like to be interactive, and technology-based learning has now become a part of their lifestyle.’
Digital integration helps holistic approaches to learning
A holistic approach to learning combined with digital technology and integration allows education to be a transformative process and in turn catalyses change in our classrooms. A holistic view to learning involves a lot of ‘practices’ such as debating from evidence, developing and using models, obtaining, evaluating and communicating information. Rather than just learning a list of facts or formulae this is an active approach to learning rather than a passive approach.
Digital integration and technological advancements in education are driven by evolving approaches to teaching and learning. For students and teachers to benefit fully from the digital integration that is becoming available to them, they must be willing to evolve too. Holistic approaches allow students to reap the full benefits of having flexible and agile classrooms in which they can use technology to research and gather information on one hand but can then discard it in order to discuss and debate with peers at a collaborative desk. Integrated IT tables with built in monitors enable you to push up or push down for the computer at will allowing for digital research when needed. Digital integration is the key to opening the future for collaborative and student-led learning. Technology enables students to create their own learning space and agenda.
So, an intelligent classroom or learning space is required to match these demands. Here at zioxi EdTech is embedded in everything we do. Technological integration and digital devices are at the forefront of our design and purpose. From our integrated IT tables with powered monitors, to our circular and rectangular collaborative tables, to our laptop and mobile device charging trolleys and moveable powerHubs. zioxi has you covered in every way to help you integrate technology and digital devices into every aspect of your learning and teaching, in turn benefiting the flexible and agile 21st Century learner in any which way.