Interactivity oriented system architecture for the 21st century classroom : the new smart classroom

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The Smart Classroom is now a typical feature in education emerging from Information Communications Technologies (ICT) and the constant introduction of new technologies into institutional learning. The aim of the Smart Classroom is that users develop skills, adapt and use technologies in a learning context that produces elevated learning outcomes. However, research has shown that the use of ICT in the classroom is often confused or poorly adapted to the learning setting. The main goal of this research is to design Smart Classroom solutions particularly modelling, that address key limitations of system architecture design, technologies and practice. Applications of very recent technologies, such as AR, Haptics, Cloud and IoT/WSNs are investigated. The expected outcomes involve: improving the design of systems architecture; an improved selection and use of devices; improved teaching skills deployment. An extended model of the Smart Classroom is developed. A quality measurement tool for the validation of the system architecture is constructed to evaluate the model and its assumptions. Devices are also assessed measuring interactivity, usability and performance attributes, as well as, an assessment of teaching skills used in the ICT context. Finally, an innovative model of the Smart Classroom architecture that integrates an effective and practical pedagogic approach is proposed.
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