21st Century Classroom Profile Scale for Shelby County Schools

The following classroom profiles were developed by the SCS Technology Department in order to assist schools in setting goals, and to help the System gauge its progress in establishing various levels of 21st Century Classrooms. The ultimate goal is to put the most effective instructional tools into the hands of teachers and, more importantly, to give students hands-on access to technology on a regular basis. Schools should contact the Technology Department for assistance when developing strategies to increase access to 21st Century technologies in their classrooms.

Nationally, there are many different perspectives on what components are needed to create a “21st Century Classroom.” Our ‘Multimedia-Interactive’ (MI) Profiles are based on the classroom’s potential to facilitate 21st Century teaching and learning. The profiles are concerned with system-owned hardware tools only, not personally owned devices or what types of digital manipulatives, software, or online resources teachers and students might access with them. New technological developments will continue to supplant many of the items used in these profiles. Where and how new technologies fit into this model, will still be based on the scale’s underlying concept: What capabilities and pedagogies does each technology bring into the classroom?

Progress Chart of 21st Century Classrooms

2013 pie chart of SCS classroom technology
2013 bar graph of SCS classroom technology

Multimedia & Interactive (MI) Classroom Scale

MI-0

  • Teacher can use computer to perform work, but cannot display digital resources to students
    Examples: Computer(s), but no Multimedia or Interactive Equipment

MI-1

  • Teacher can display digital resources and students can present digital work to the class
    Examples: Digital Projector

MI-2

  • Teacher and students can display digital content to class and interact with digital manipulatives (interactive pad/whiteboard), or display and interact with physical items (document camera)
    Examples: Digital Projector and Interactive Pad/ Whiteboard or Doc Camera, digital microscope, electronic probes, etc.

MI-3*

  • Teacher can display digital resources, students can present digital work
  • Teacher can rapidly obtain formative assessment data in formal and informal contexts
    Examples: Digital Projector andResponse Devices

MI-4

  • Teacher and students can display digital content to class and interact with electronic manipulatives or display and interact with physical items
  • Teacher can rapidly obtain formative assessment data in formal and informal contexts
    Examples: Digital Projector and Response Devices and Interactive Pad/Whiteboard or Doc Camera

MI-5

  • Teacher and students can display digital content to class and interact with digital manipulatives or display and interact with physical items
  • Teacher can rapidly obtain formative assessment data in formal and informal contexts
  • Students have devices for writing, editing, sharing digital work, and responding to teacher questions
    Examples: Digital Projector and Interactive Pad/Whiteboard and Response Devices or Neos and Laptops or Neos (but these could be checked out and not necessarily available 1/3 or more of the time) and Wireless Access Point and Doc Camera, digital microscope, electronic probes, etc

21st C

  • Teacher and students can display digital content to class and interact with electronic manipulatives or display and interact with physical items
  • Teacher can rapidly obtain formative assessment data in formal and informal contexts
  • Teacher has laptop available in class and can use for work at home
  • Students have regular access to the Internet and software for research, communication, and creating multimedia works
  • Students can receive answers and communicate with teacher electronically throughout class
    Required: Teacher laptop and digital projector and interactive whiteboard and document camera and response devices and wireless networking and laptops for all students* at least 1/3 of the time

Collaborative Classroom

  • Teacher and students can display digital content to class
  • Teacher can use online venues for lessons on a daily basis
  • Teacher has laptop available in class and can use for work at home
  • Students develop collaborative skills daily as small groups share the use of one laptop/tablet
  • Students can communicate with the teacher and each other digitally throughout class

    Examples: Digital projector, Wireless network, 1 netbook/tablet for teacher, 10-12 netbooks/tablets to be shared by small groups. This model requires that the netbooks/tablets be positioned with the student groups throughout the day so that they can spontaneously use the devices to collaboratively solve problems, explore content, and create products.

* Several schools have selected this equipment in conjunction with recent textbook adoptions. This combination of equipment is the least represented by classroom inventories because schools have stationed this equipment on carts for shared use. Teachers are able to check the projectors and response devices out of the library for use in the classroom.

**Other devices such as iPads, iPods, smart phones, etc. can be used in place of computers when they can serve the same purpose. (No specific brand listed is intended as an endorsement.)