Connected Classrooms are not a pipe dream, nor a thing from the future. They exist here and now and are transforming education the world over, both online and in the real world.
What is a Connected Classroom?
Connected Classrooms offer learning that helps improve students’ classroom practice. This is achieved via a global network that allows students to expand upon their ideas with experts worldwide.
One example of such a classroom is “Connecting Classrooms” by the British Council. The idea behind such classrooms is to help students improve their knowledge and skills in today’s globalized economy.
How is This Achieved?
The backbone of these global classrooms is Content Delivery Networks (CDN). CDNs are the vessel for content delivery. We all interact with CDNs every day – this includes articles on news sites, online shopping, and social media feeds.
Using a CDN allows you to distribute your content in several places at the same time. This improves your coverage and is better for the end consumer by providing them increased methods of being exposed to your content.
Local PoPs facilitate information sharing. When someone in Paris accesses a US-hosted website, it is done through a local PoP (Post Office Protocol). This is much quicker than having the visitor’s requests and your responses travel back and forth across the ocean.
Tools of Connected Classrooms
Do you use Skype? You most likely do. The good news is that Skype destroys the notion of the traditional classroom by enabling students to listen and ask questions – it’s interactive. Students can share their progress with their teachers in a manner that’s never been seen before.
OneNote helps teachers connect. Information gets shared through one source from any device; teachers can assign tasks and share notes as well as track progress. OneNote also benefits students by providing them with their own sections for sharing content like videos and presentations.
Even a video game be a connected classroom. Children already love Minecraft. For example, art students can create sculptures within the video game that refer to a theme. Students can later discuss their creations and leave feedback on a website or via OneNote.
The Advantages of Connected Classrooms
Connected Classrooms are beneficial because they offer global collaboration. This allows teaching bodies to connect users to anyone they want, whenever, wherever. Connected Classrooms also offer flexible options through the benefits of CDNs; for example, CDNs offer efficient solutions such as voice, VoIP, internet access, media distribution, social media, cloud connectivity, and more.
The costs of teaching are also lower since using a single carrier is a far more efficient and affordable way of using bandwidth.
To conclude, CDNs allow for virtual classrooms wherein the student no longer must attend a local place of learning. Think of them as virtual classrooms – virtual classrooms where millions of terabytes are exchanged. The goal is to enhance your experiential learning. This makes up the core of research and education working environments today.