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What is a Connected Classroom?

A connected classroom is a learning environment that is open to the outside world. In a connected classroom, students are engaged in real life, authentic learning starting in their own classroom and extends to reach other global learners.

 

Connecting your students to others around the globe helps your students break down the walls that traditionally exist in the classroom to build bridges with other people, countries, and cultures.

 

When we think about redefining learning (especially if we’re using SAMR as a lens to ensure that the use of technology is not just for technology’s sake) then we must think about what can our students do that wasn’t possible before without the technology.  Connecting with others outside the wall of the classroom or providing a window into the classroom is something that’s not possible without technology. The increased scope of learning, the harnessing of an authentic audience and the ability to share and get feedback on student work are excellent reasons for having a connected classroom.

 

Do you need to be in a 1:1 classroom (one connected device per student) to have a connected classroom?

 

Not every student needs a device for you to create a connected classroom for your students. If you’re teaching in or transitioning to a 1:1 model, it is simple to create a culture of connectivity in your classroom, since students have everyday access to devices that allow them to connect to others.

 

Even if your classroom is not 1:1, you can still connect to other classrooms using a shared computer. The easiest way to do this is through video conferencing. You can find more ideas about how to use video conferencing in your classroom here.

 

Next week, I’ll discuss specific examples of how you can connect your classroom.

 

If you’re interested in connecting your classroom, stay tuned! We’re launching a new cohort of The Connected Teacher microcredential, a year-long mentorship program designed to help you connect yourself and your classroom to the world.

 

Get a free preview of The Connected Teacher microcredential by downloading our digital download “3 Simple Ways to Create a Connected Classroom.” This infographic was designed to help you connect your classroom with others around the globe. Get it here.

 

Be on the lookout for more resources about the connected classroom and for more information about our upcoming microcredential The Connected Teacher. The Connected Teacher will help you build and maintain a connected classroom, transform student learning through local and global connections, and leverage the power of local and global connections as a teacher and a learner. The next cohort of The Connected Teacher begins in November! Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

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