What are Smart Classrooms?

Experimental classrooms can already sense the location and actions of the teacher and students, and change the environment accordingly. Remote sensing and control technologies, delivered over the ever-present network, are enabling real-time access to laboratories, sophisticated equipment, and experiments directly from the classroom. Advanced video conferencing and collaboration tools combined with real-time language translation tools allow the simple creation of learning communities with members across the globe. Real-time recording and indexing tools allow lectures to be captured and made searchable in a single pass. Using a wide variety of these and other emerging technologies, smart classrooms have evolved into spaces that bring the outside world into the discussion, affording students the opportunity to participate in increasingly active, hands-on learning activities. Simultaneously, as learning technology becomes more mobile, smart classrooms are extending beyond the physical space of a given room, going along with learners wherever they happen to be.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • One of the potentially great outcomes of this is mentioned in the description: "Real-time recording and indexing tools allow lectures to be captured and made searchable in a single pass." Returning to the theme of too-much-information-and-too-few-effective-ways-to-find-it, we have to applaud anything that captures first-rate information and makes it searchable. It's probably no coincidence that, over the past few days, I've been with colleagues in a variety of settings (a national training--workplace learning and performance--conference; the Library of Congress; and Washington DC's public library) and have repeatedly heard colleaugues in each of these settings talk about how we almost need to step back from the act of creating content and find ways to more effectively disseminate and use what we have. Smart classrooms--which seem to be a major expansion of the academic information commons model--could be one way that we more effectively support and use what is happening in academic and workplace learning and performance onsite and online classrooms. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010
  • Had my first two experiences in a corporate smart classroom during the past two weeks; it's as good as I suspected it could be. Not yet perfect, but very impressive in that this wonderful tool can blend groups of physical attendees with colleagues in other locations. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 16, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Increasing the opportunities for collaboration; better use of learning opportunities that currently exist or are being designed; and improved effectiveness in teaching-training-learning - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010
  • another response here

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

http://www.edtechmag.com/higher/june-july-2010/tech-appeal.html (EDTECH: Focus on Higher Education article--"Tech Appeal: Institutions offer wireless, smart classrooms and distance learning to recruit today’s students") - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010
http://staffdev.lavc.edu/LAVC%20Tech%20II%20Plan/Resource%20Files/LAVC_Smart%20Classrooms.pdf (from Los Angeles Valley College) - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010
http://www.concord.csueastbay.edu/smartclassrooms.htm (from California State University, East Bay, Concord Campus) - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010
http://college.lattc.edu/media/2010/01/26/video-tutorials-of-new-smart-classrooms/ (tutorials on using Smart Classrooms at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a community college) - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2010