Old School vs New School.  Which is Your Classroom?

Do you know the difference between an old school and a new school classroom? Thanks to an infographic I found on social media, we can find out. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

Dan McCabe posted an infographic on his Twitter account highlighting the differences between old school and new school classrooms. Unlike many similar comparisons, the “old school” classroom isn't the one room building still only seen in period dramas in advanced countries. Instead, the infographic compares the 21st-century classroom to a 20th-century classroom. By doing this, it compares more subtle differences that might go unnoticed otherwise instead of obvious things everyone's moved passed. Once you know these subtle differences, you can update your classroom.

old school vs new school

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Do you like the 21st-Century classroom or is it missing something that the 20th-Century classroom had? What do you think the biggest improvement the new school classroom has made? What other differences can you see between and old school and new school classroom not mentioned on this infographic?

Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to editor@simplek12.com.