I posted yesterday about the prediction on Internet against year 2013. Which also pointed the fact there will be more usage of smartphones and tablets, however here is another step up in the technology age as 'touchscreen classroom' of the future is set to replace books and blackboards.
Gone are the dusty days of chalky blackboards and blotted exercise books :). These multi-touch, multi-user smart desks have been trialled in a three-year project by more than 400 pupils, and have been nick-named the 'Star Trek classroom'.
The desks and software were designed by experts at Durham University, and studies have shown they can significantly improve pupils' maths.
Lets take a look at its features. Click to continue...
The new desks with a ‘multi-touch’ surface are the central component, and are networked and linked to a main smartboard.
In terms of current teaching, the new system means that the ‘move-to-use’ whiteboard is by-passed and the new desks can be both screen and keyboard.
The desks act like multi-touch whiteboards and several students can use any one desk at once.
The technology allows all students to take part rather than one individual dominating.
The teacher plays a key role in the classroom and can send tasks to different tables to individuals and groups.
The teacher can also send one group’s answers on to the next group to work on and add to, or to the board for a class discussion.
A live feed of the desks goes directly to the teacher who can intervene quickly to help an individual while allowing the group work to continue.