The New, Emerging and eXperimental Technology/Teaching Classroom (The NEXT Classroom) was developed to explore emerging approaches in teaching and learning within technology, pedagogy, classroom furniture and layout and more. It is also used as a testbed for new technology being considered for widespread deployment and a location for smaller pilot tests of technology or teaching techniques not expected to be widely utilized due to costs or specificity of needs.
The initial design centered on this:
- Flexibility in the landscape of the classroom including furniture and projection options
- Flexibility in the software of the classroom including laptop based computer lab, dual-boot computers, open source and freeware software
- Emphasis on student generated content
However, the NEXT Classroom is continually evaluated and updated. If you have questions or suggestions, contact ETS.
The initial development process (back in 2008!) was blogged on the TechTech blog and documented via video.