A simulation that allows students to create different physical layouts of a classroom for the use of instructional technology. An accompanying written assignment requires students to examine and explain the reasons for their chosen layout.
Type of Material:
This simulation allows students to try different classroom arrangements and discuss the impact on the integration of technology into instruction.
Internet connection and browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Understanding the role of classroom organization on the integration of technology into the instructional process.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate students enrolled in an instructional technology course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of basic educational technology and appropriate uses of such technology in the instructional process, plus an understanding of how different classroom arrangements impact classroom management and the teaching/learning process.
The goal of technology usage in education is integration into the instructional process. Technology should support curricula objectives and allow students to engage in constructive, meaningful learning. The arrangement of technology resources in the classroom is a critical component of technology integration. This exercise aids students in exploring issues such as what technology resources would be needed to achieve desired outcomes, how and by whom technology will be used in the classroom, and the influence of classroom organization on that usage.
Site does not provide much support material, such as links to information about classroom organization and technology integration. This is not a major difficulty if the instructor plans activities and provides background information to helps student learn about different arrangements before using the site. However, this site is not appropriate for use without formal interaction between the faculty member and the students because there are no explanations about classroom arrangement.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This simulation allows students to try different classroom arrangements and discuss the pros and cons of each. It could appropriately be used for lab or homework and to structure discussion of the influence of the physical classroom organization on the integration of technology into instruction. It encourages students to think about and explore the potential effects and the interaction of the physical layout of the classroom and instructional technology on the instructional process. Successful completion of the project requires reasoning about how technology will be used in instruction and the affordances provided by different classroom organizations.
Students are asked to write an explanation for their particular classroom arrangement but no rubrics are provided as suggested criteria or to allow the student to self-evaluate. More explicit criteria should be given to the student about factors to consider when designing the classroom layout.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Straightforward interface ? easy to manipulate and experiment with it. Reset button makes it easy to experiment with different layouts. The site allows the furniture to be dragged and dropped easily, and if the student makes an error, he or she can hit the reset button and begin again.
The furniture can not be angled or turned.
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