The article contains a brief overview of the features of the organization of the educational environment at different historical stages from the earliest times to the present. An attempt of theoretical analysis and interpretation of the concept of educational environment has been made. The peculiarities of its functioning in the modern scientific and pedagogical area have been covered. Analysis of the literature makes it possible to assert that there is no single classification of educational environments. The authors have analyzed the current scientific works containing the interpretation of the terms: “environment”, “environmental approach”, “educational environment”, “educational and developmental environment”, “information environment” and “sociocultural environment”. To achieve the purpose of the article there has been used an analysis of psychological and educational, and philosophical literature on the issues of the functioning and organization of the environment. Models, types and kinds of environments have been characterized. The analysis of the structural components of the educational environment has also been made. It’s been determined that modeling new types of educational environments by modern scientists is due to objective reasons. Fundamentally different style of studying is typical for the younger generation, who was born in the early 80s and later, and has grown up surrounded by digital media. Considering the fact that during the last decade the scientific concepts of “information educational environment”, “virtual educational environment”, “high-tech virtual network educational environment” were introduced, a short analysis of these definitions has been made. Interdependence of environmental processes and processes in the noosphere has been established. Basing on the analysis of psychological and educational, and philosophical literature authors have suggested that at this stage the worldwide information civilization has appeared and is developing, noosphere grows into infonoosphere – the global information space, and the concept of information gains a categorial status for philosophy of education. Regarding the fact that semantic and structural content of the term “information educational environment” is technological in nature, a concept of “information and developmental environment” has been detailed.