+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4
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 ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    39
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 13 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    15

    Lightbulb Innovative learning environment

    Hi!

    Hoping for some edugeek inspiration. Been asked to look into creating an innovative learning environment crammed with IT equipment that teachers can use to enhance teaching an learning.

    Unfortunately I was ill when BETT was on so didn't get to go see what's new and amazing, but have scoured their site for ideas.

    Obviously got the standard interactive whiteboard (prob the dual touch smartboard) with projector and speakers, and we'll prob have a trolley or cabinet of laptops/netbooks.

    Wondered what everyone else had seen/currently have that is proving amazing in the classroom?


  2. #2

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,822
    Thank Post
    1,476
    Thanked 593 Times in 445 Posts
    Rep Power
    168
    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.

    regards

    Simon

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    39
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 13 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    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?

  4. #4

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,654
    Thank Post
    1,258
    Thanked 782 Times in 679 Posts
    Rep Power
    236
    Quote Originally Posted by theaksy View Post
    Obviously got the standard interactive whiteboard (prob the dual touch smartboard) with projector and speakers, and we'll prob have a trolley or cabinet of laptops/netbooks.
    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?

    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.

    --
    David Hicks

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. SSAT IT Support - supporting innovative curriculum development
    By Sylv3r in forum Courses and Training
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 20th November 2009, 01:58 PM
  2. Managed Learning Environment Development Manager
    By SpecialAgent in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 9th June 2009, 05:43 PM
  3. Innovative school within the M25
    By budgester in forum Blue Skies
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11th December 2008, 12:52 PM
  4. Learning Environment Manager
    By DanLW in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20th February 2008, 11:04 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •