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Future Classroom Toolkit

This is the Future Classroom Toolkit. It’s a collection of tools, guidance and
other resources for designing future classroom scenarios, and using them to bring advanced and innovative learning
and teaching to your school and classroom. I should probably clarify here that
when we use the term classroom, we are not really just talking about
a traditional room in a school but anywhere that learning takes place
including at home or other places outside of school. The Future Classroom Toolkit
is a website with 5 toolsets. Each toolset guides the user through the steps
in the process for creating a scenario. The toolkit is intended to be used
by anyone involved in educational planning either at a strategy level or thinking more concretely
about day-to-day learning and teaching. Toolset 1 focuses on bringing together
the right people to build the scenario or vision. For example, when investing in new technology,
the head of school might bring together a group of teachers, technology providers, parents and students
to hold a workshop, to create a shared pedagogical vision in the form of a scenario that
would help the head decide which technology to invest in. Equally, a national ministry or
regional authority may use the toolkit to work with a group of head teachers
and technology providers to develop a national or regional strategy
for introducing innovation or dealing with a challenge. Toolset 1 also deals with trends. Trends are the building blocks of
a Future Classroom Scenario. Trends such as increased use of certain technologies, changes in interactions
such as those created by social networking and other factors such as
policy priorities and curriculum developments all need to be considered
by educational practitioners in their planning and operation. Toolset 2 covers Future Classroom maturity modelling. Maturity modelling is a valuable way
for a teacher or for school administrators to identify how advanced or innovative
their classroom or school is, and what they may want to do
to encourage greater innovation. This step sets a target to achieve in terms of
the degree of change that is realistically achievable. Toolset 3 explains how to use all this information on trends
and innovation maturity to build a future classroom scenario. This is normally done as a workshop activity where the important stakeholders get together
to share ideas, knowledge and experiences. Toolset 3 also provides guidance
on how to find existing scenarios that may be highly relevant
to a school or authority, and how to adapt them. This is a kind of shortcut
to scenario development. Toolset 4 provides the guidance and support needed to develop innovative and engaging Learning Activities,
inspired by Future Classroom Scenarios. These Learning Activities
can be used in lesson planning. There are a number of example Learning Activities
provided in the toolkit, and this toolset also provides guidance and support in finding and
using technology in the delivery of these Learning Activities. Toolset 5, the final toolset,
covers evaluation and classroom pilots. This is a guide to testing out the Learning Activities
in a classroom, and evaluating the results to find out how effective the Learning Activities
have been in helping learners achieve their goals. This final step in the process will help ensure
even greater improvements to learning and teaching in the future. Start your future classroom today!

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