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?

  • I wonder if this technology is new enough to remain on this list. It feels like virtually all universities have these now all over. K12 might be different, but it just sort of feels old to me.- Larry Larry Aug 31, 2010
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

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