Could This Be Your Classroom Of The Future?

We’ve been trying to figure out what the classroom of the future will look like for, well, years. But it’s been all discussion, analysis, and data. Lame, right? What we really need is a visualization that spells out exactly how a major tech company (Intel) thinks the classrooms of tomorrow could look.

What you see in the below video is truly a sight to behold. I’ll withhold my analysis right now and instead ask that you offer your opinions of the video in the comments or on our Facebook page.

  • Do you think it’s accurate?
  • Would you actually want this kind of classroom?
  • Will there really be zero Apple products?
  • How close is Intel to actually figuring out what’s going to happen in your classroom in the future?


  1. Tracy Mercier

    July 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Isn’t this The classroom of today and yesterday? So is this to mean that all we can do is make the technology flashier and still rely heavily on teacher directed learning? The majority of the clip demonstrated lecture and students using a device for the same thing they would use paper for: quizzes and designing. Cooperative learning was largely absent. I say this because the entire group was working on one bridge and most of the time the students were listening to their trader or working alone on the tablet. Also, choice and diffentiation seemed to be absent. Not to mention the other 21st century skills. Sure, they were creating a bridge, but it appeared to me that they were regurgitating exactly what was taught in the lecture. If all we can do is envision a classroom where the technology keeps us doing the same stuff in the same way than our children’s future is doomed.

    • Ivan Beeckmans

      August 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Tracy, I couldn’t agree more with your comments. It is as if the creators of this video know only of the classroom they experienced and not one that really changes the way we think about teaching and learning. The SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition) model speaks to this nicely (SAMR article). Much of this lesson, as you have pointed out, are just a substitution of the old. There is some evidence, however, of redefinition demonstrated in both immediate feedback and real time monitoring of student progress (or lack thereof).

      What really troubles me is that most of the direction for this lesson still comes from the teacher. Questions that come to mind are, “Do we really want everyone in the class to be working on one task, in this case bridgebuilding?”, “Is everyone in the class interested in building a bridge?”, “Are all the students ready (prepared/able) to complete this task or is it just the next lesson that the teacher needs to teach in order to complete the curriculum?” If any of those questions are answered negatively, then the class is less likely to run as smoothly.

      The future of education, I believe, is individualized learning where students work on tasks that they are interested in at a level suitable to their progress (based on the zone of proximal development). In this future, the role of the educator will look more like a coach than a lecturer. Again, the video showed some signs that there would be a shift in the teacher’s role, but the basic message Intel conveyed was presenting the familiar classroom with new gadgets to complete the work.

      A missed opportunity to really think differently.

      • Don

        January 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        I’ve been working for companies that sell technology to educators for more than 30 years. It’s interesting that, as much as we’ve invested, student reading and math scores haven’t gotten any better. Yes, that’s controversial. Here’s an article in the Washington Post saying no, match scores haven’t dropped – they were mediocre all along. Here’s another that SAT reading scores have hit a 40-year low…then a rebuttal, no, it’s just that more students are being measured. Hey, I don’t want controversy over whether the decline is real – I’d like to see our students making obvious, significant progress. This video illustrates a major failure of our schools and our educational technology. I agree, the stuff in this video is cool looking, but it’s the same old same old, and it’s not working. Will individualization work better? Maybe, but I suspect the real problem is we’re depending on whiz-bang gadgets to solve something that only better teacher candidates and better teach education can.

  2. Wyatt Christman

    July 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I hope there is a future like this, it is very inspirational. Right now some teachers are reaching into their own pockets for basic classroom supplies. The funding for this to work will mean a shift in mindset. Not only funding for the classroom but teachers pay as well.

  3. Jan

    July 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I love how classrooms only have 12-15 students whenever they are depicted in any media – far from my reality – 35. Right now we are still hard wired – wires running everywhere on the floor too and dropping from the ceiling tiles. Never see that either!

  4. Dr. Bob

    July 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Not really a good depiction of the classroom of the future. Why? Students are still in a classroom, they are still sitting at desks, they are still in a row, and the teacher is still at the head of the class. As long as those conceptions are still prevalent, its just lipstick on a pig. Taking that picture, what teaching and learning practices are changed based on what you see in the picture?

    • Jeff Dunn

      July 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Great points. The only real ‘upgrade’ in terms of technology seems to be the blazing fast wi-fi connectivity in this classroom :-)

  5. Wandering Educators

    July 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    My classroom now is global. We teach a teen travel blogging mentoring program. Our faculty, and students, are located all around the globe. We interact on webinars, g+ hangouts, skype calls, and phone calls, and I am always monitoring time zones. I love that technology has brought us closer together.

    This classroom? I agree with Dr. Bob’s comment, that the students are still in a classroom, doing the same things – just with different technology. Expand the WAY that kids learn, and the FORMAT for learning. Then you’ve got a new classroom.

    • Scott Kinkoph

      July 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      SMARTboards are a great deal smaller, but this is a vision most districts and teachers but with SMART. I personally do not need a wall, but I do need kids with BYOT to interact with a variety of resources to expand their learning as a result of inquiry. As a tech integrator, I see today’s kids learning by doing and playing with the instruction landscape being short and pointed. Not only do they learn by doing and playing but learn socially. This is perhaps another drawback of this future classroom: There is no social learning, or networking, going on. Teach kids how to think, use the devices they already have, use methods of presentation (web 2.0), and collaborate in groups while solving real problems and you have a formula for learning success.

  6. Ian Thompson

    July 27, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Sometimes the paradigm shift is too much to accept in one move and needs a bridge for people to take the next step. We will need many models of education including Wanders and classrooms. This demo gives us a vision within reach becausde what is really possible is just too far for most at present. Personally, I’m working towards 1-1 curriculum matching student to needs. Technology is the best tool to enable it; so I’m a believer.

  7. Jeff Dunn

    July 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I feel like this classroom would likely take hours to prepare in terms of design and planning. Forget lesson plans, you’d have to be a coding developer to make this kind of classroom happen.

    • Matthew Borden

      August 20, 2012 at 2:52 am

      If we can make the tools for the students I’m sure that we can make the tools for the teacher. But after all it’s people with a positive aditude that will make this happen.

      • Sh kh

        September 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Seems like someone is a teacher haah, you probably speak from some sort of experience

  8. David Hochheiser

    July 28, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if companies like Intel were willing to put their money into hiring progressive teachers to work with their IT departments to build labs and/or lab schools where all of that flash – which, I thought, actually seemed very cool – could mesh with some high-end pedagogy? That might be the top-tier private school of the next five-ten years, but it’s not the public school of the future.

  9. Vin Busenbark

    August 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Project centered classroom! This is wonderful . . . but not new. It’s what many of us were doing in the 80s and, against the trend, into the 90s and today. I hope that some variation of this dream can return.

  10. Madhavi Chodankar

    August 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I am on the same page as few of you. I think the format of learning is in for a drastic change. The teacher remains in control but the students have a new platform, I believe with so much content that is available, learning will become research based and will replace rot learning which is fantastic, also my vision is that games, practical applications of theories and social projects will redefine learning. In every sense learning has become and will continue to become more engaging and exciting but that said it will also put tremendous amount of pressure on teachers to embrace technology.

  11. Koi

    January 23, 2013 at 2:03 am

    In this presentation there is so much going on that one wonders what is the point of the exercise- to design a bridge or to learn how to use the tools presented. By putting the technology between the student and the problem we create a strange hybrid of cautiousness in which most of the time the student start believing that the key to the solution is the technology itself instead of being just a tool for finding the solution. As parent and teacher I progressively observe the advent of mental and intellectual laziness promoted by the technologies. Who practices any more adding numbers? There are calculators for this. My son justified his ignorance to learning his way around the city he lives in. “There is GPS” he said. I looked at this presentation and I felt overwhelmed and even scared of the intensity of the technology use. Were you?