by extramarks - Academics - July 12, 2017 Smart Classrooms: For Teaching ‘Digital Natives’ Today’s students are known as ‘digital natives, ’who grew up immersed in technology – smart phones, smart wearables, laptops, etc. They are eager to adopt technology in their fast-paced lives. They are accustomed to connecting with peers over different social media platforms. Marc Prensky, defined them as ‘the first generation to grow up with new technology’ and used the term ‘digital native.’ He considered them as the “native speakers” of the digital language. With the recent advancements in technology, students were unable to connect to the traditional pedagogy of linear learning methodology. Therefore, there was a necessity to remodel the classroom experience that would be an interactive blend of devices, technology tools, and targets to impart education – the idea of the smart classroom was born. The learning methodology has shifted from being teacher centric to learner centric. Teachers are aware that the students struggle to sit quietly through lengthy lectures and just take notes. Students nowadays are not accustomed to such passivity. They want to study in an interactive environment where they can actively participate. Students perform better when they are involved – discussing, connecting, and processing information from all angles. The days of rote learning are gone. Modern day classrooms are different from the old ones. They allow students to access content 24/7 (anytime anywhere learning), access content both inside and outside school boundary (remote learning), form study groups (collaborative learning), ask questions online and take tests at the end of a chapter (online assignments). Smart classrooms are interactive, immersive, and engaging. They use all interactive modules like videos and presentations, which are visually engaging and are appealing to students. Animations and visuals are eye-catching. These videos and animations target the audio-visual senses of students and help them to retain the information faster and more effectively. Smart classes cater to the learning ability of all students. A classroom has students with varied power of understanding and learning, and studying from notes and other materials becomes difficult for some students. Smart classes ease the learning process for all students. The level of retention in a smart class is better. It has also proven to improve the academic performance of students. Teaching becomes effective in a smart classroom. Self-explanatory audio-visual lessons lift off the burden of simplifying complex concepts. Interesting animations capture undivided attention of the students, something most of the teachers struggle for in a conventional classroom. Smart classes are a modern method of imparting education. Students do not play a passive role listening to the teacher, and taking notes. They now take a more active part in the class. It helps to provide quality education to students with better concept formation, concept elaboration, improvement in reading skills and academic achievement.