I wrote most of these articles and conference reports while I was doing my M.Ed.(CI). Originally put up on the website TeachAsiaOnline.com (defunct since 2009), I have decided to archive them here as I think most of the information is still relevant and useful for others. (2012) I'm now picking up where I left off to write about more recent seminars I attended.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Exhibition "Classroom of the Future"

Digital Video Recorder
Organised by: British Council, Bangkok
Date: 2 February – 31 March 2007
Location: British Council, Bangkok

In the "Classroom of the Future" at the British Council in Bangkok I talked to Mr. David Mathias, the man in charge of ICT and organiser of the exhibition. The target group of this exhibition are Thai language teachers that don't use ICT in their classroom.

The exhibition wants to show what is technically possible at the moment, and that ICT does not have to be expensive; one computer with some simple additional equipment
would already be enough to introduce ICT in the classroom.

On show in the Classroom were a digital VDO recorder (David: "only 5,000 THB in Panthip Plaza"), Wi-Fi, an interactive whiteboard (already removed by the supplier), Webcam, PDA/Pocket PC and MP3 Player/Recorder.

Digital VDO Recorder
A digital VDO recorder records movie clips and images inside and outside the classroom on a memory card that can be read by a computer.

"This small but versatile piece of equipment can perform the same functions as a regular camcorder but at a quarter of the price, therefore making this a very affordable, yet "cool" item to have in the classroom. Battery-operated for optimum mobility, students can take stills or video clips of anything, anywhere, anytime! Just pop out the memory card and upload onto the class website for all students to share creativity and ideas for using multi-media as a tool for learning."

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi technology provides wireless access to the Internet and the computer network inside school.

"A student or a teacher with a Wi-Fi enabled device such as a computer, cell phone or PDA can connect to the Internet when in range of an access point. The region called by one or several access points is called a hotspot. Hotspots can range from a single room to many square miles of overlapping hotspots. It means that in this classroom, which has a hotspot nearby, students can access the Internet without the inconvenience of wires to connect them, and therefore wander around the school with their devices while staying connected.

Wi-Fi also allows connectivity in peer-to-peer mode, which enables devices to connect directly with others. Students can share their work with each other or other groups and quickly send updates to the teacher. No more queuing at your teacher's desk with your exercise book for marking!"

Interactive Whiteboard
An interactive whiteboard combines the functionality of a whiteboard and computer screen in one. It is used in combination with a projector and a computer with access to the computer network inside the school and the Internet.

"An invaluable resource for teachers to interact with the whole class. Students can beam their answers to problems or questions to the teacher from their PDAs or laptops as they work in groups via Bluetooth.
Bring to life geography, science, or maths lessons through interactive Flash videos that help learners understand difficult problems through visual aids. Connected to the Internet at all times, teachers can find - quite literally, at their fingertips - the latest information to supplement their lessons."

Webcam
Linked to a computer, this little camera can show the classroom or an individual sitting in front of the camera to the outside world, and can record movie clips and images inside the classroom.
  • "An inexpensive solution for video-recording classroom experiments or interviews
  • A webcam can be used for web-conferences between different classes in different countries.
  • Create cool animations with one-stop motion technology.
  • Teachers can keep an eye on the action by viewing webcams strategically placed around the classroom."

PDA/Pocket PC
The Personal Digital Assistant is a handheld personal computer with limitations because of its small size and lower price.

"Record audio or video inside or outside the classroom. Show results of experience or data-gathering on fieldtrips on the interactive whiteboard through the class website. Download e-books for improving literacy or knowledge gain in subject areas."

MP3 Player/Recorder
The M3 Player/recorder records and plays music and sound.

"Students can download teachers lesson notes in the form of a Podcast to listen to at their own pace.
Record interviews and stream them into the class website. Download Podcasts related to their subject area for research or remedial work."

A look into the virtual classroom will soon become available on the British Council website below.

References
Classroom of the Future. British Council Bangkok. February-March 2007. <http://edfest.britishcouncil.or.th/?edfest07-classroom-of-the-future&lang=en>
All quotes were taken from texts displayed at the exhibition.

(c) cafavier, 2007-2011

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