Creating a “Classroom of the Future” for P-12 Pre-Service Educators
Abstract: An ad-hoc committee at the Tift College of Education at Mercer University was recently tasked with designing a Classroom of the Future (COTF) for use on the Atlanta, Georgia, USA campus. This particular COTF will be utilized as a living laboratory for P-12 pre-service educators in order for them to gain ideas and get hands-on practice using the latest educational technologies. After reviewing current research and trends about future classrooms, the ad-hoc committee decided to focus on and promote several key educational concepts while designing the COTF: personalized learning, blended learning, cooperative learning, deeper learning, and the student as creator rather than consumer of content. In addition, the committee identified emerging technologies (such as drones, 3-D printers, and virtual reality devices) that should also be included in a COTF. These concepts and tools are expected to best prepare pre-service teachers to meet the needs and challenges of future classrooms.