The classroom space is shifting. With technology at the fingertips of every student, an answer to a question is just a simple click away. The classroom is no longer a space where the majority of learning takes place. Enter, if you will, Classroom 2.0.
Classroom 2.0 is a concept which synergistically merges Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. This is indeed the classroom of today and beyond. As students interact with everything around them in a connected and socialized manner, the classroom will also imitate the students’ habits.
New technologies, such as an iOS app called BeHere, are taking advantage of this paradigm shift. BeHere is an app that turns an iPad into a beacon allowing any student with an iOS device to check in. This automates attendance for classrooms, while at the same time, allowing students to request help via this app as though they were raising their hands. If a student needs assistance, he/she will click on the assistance button on the app, and the teacher’s iPad will be highlighted with a red exclamation mark showing the student’s pre-selected picture.
The future is bright for students and teachers who make use of these new technologies and embrace Classroom 2.0. Let us know how this technology will impact your schools on Twitter @bemaservices. Written by Adrian O’Toole.
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