I’ve chosen to include my 21st Century Learning Space Design as my first artifact for this class. I’ve included this design because I am quite proud of how it turned out and I really enjoyed putting it together. I had the opportunity to really think about what I would like to have in my ideal classroom and that was a lot of fun for me. Most teachers don’t expect to get all they ask for, and I’m no exception, but this assignment was the chance for me to at least consider the possibilities.
One of the biggest challenges I had when designing my classroom, was trying to accommodate all the different students I might have, the space I would be working with, and the infrastructure I would need. I think these are the types of things most technology departments need to think about when rolling out new technologies in a school building. I had to consider the physical layout as well as the types of technology I would like to implement. I actually spent quite a bit of time planning before I even began putting a design together. I probably went through at least 3 or 4 drafts before I had a final design in mind.
Some of the items I wanted in my ideal classroom I am lucky enough to already have in my current classroom. My school has put a large emphasis on technology already, so I have been able to get some of these items and I currently use them. I use items like the chromebooks and headphones all the time. I also have access to iPads which we also use from time to time. The tech I put in my plan that I don’t currently have, but would love to get, are the virtual reality goggles. I think that it would be great for my students to be able to visit and explore some of the places we discuss in my Earth Science class. I think the students would really get a lot out of it, and they could experience things they might not get to in real life.