Hardware Thread, Innovative learning environment in Technical; Hi!
Hoping for some edugeek inspiration. Been asked to look into creating an innovative learning environment crammed with IT equipment ...
13th February 2010, 08:10 PM #1
13th February 2010, 10:54 PM #2
If your talking one classroom then turn it into a 3D one - tablet pcs for every pupil (fizzbooks) - and a voting system.
Make your own TV/video green screen video studio.
14th February 2010, 12:18 AM #3
- Rep Power
I'd thought about the 3d route, I saw a supplier on the BETT website but couldn't see how developed their solution was or the availability of resources. Don't suppose you know of anyone with 3d running in a classroom?
15th February 2010, 07:26 PM #4
What is it you plan to do with a dual-touch Smartboard once you've got it installed? I read this month's PC Pro, with the reviews of multi-touch all-in-one PCs, and had a quick play on a couple in PC World over the weekend. Fun, but I fail to see so far what, exactly, you would do with one in a classroom. There are simply no applications that I've seen at present that do much with multi-touch. What do you plan to do with multi-touch?
Originally Posted by theaksy
Instead of a bunch of laptops, you could go for multiple projected screens around the classroom. Smaller, cheaper, energy-efficient, long-life LED-based projectors are now coming out, letting you spend £400 on a large screen that can appear and dissapear as needed. Probably a similar price to kit out a room as it would be for a laptop trolly anyway, or even cheaper as you could easily use one projected screen between two pupils. It'd make for a very flexible classroom space - no power cables anywhere other than up in the ceiling, you can move the furniture around as much as you like. I'd run the displays with either an NComputing-like multi-seat system or simply with Debian and multi-monitor / multi-pointer support, which would allow pupils to pass windows between displays for collaberative work.
You could combine the above approaches and have touch-screen PCs around the edge of the classroom. These wouldn't require keyboards or mice to operate, pupils would simply use their fingers and an on-screen keyboard to type with. I'm not sure how well on-screen typing would work, though, and I don't know what the expected lifetime of a touchscreen is if it's being hammered by grimey little children all day long.
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