Thursday, September 18, 2008

U.K. scientists build interactive desks

Schools are set for a Star Trek make-over thanks to the development of the world's first interactive classroom by experts at Durham University. (Credit: Image courtesy of Durham University)

Student desks that look and behave something like a bigger version of an Apple iPhone could fill the classrooms of the future, say the U.K. researchers who designed them. These interactive desks are configured so that they can be networked to a central SmartBoard to encourage student collaboration. ScienceDaily/EurekAlert!

1 comment:

Danielle D. said...

This article fascinated me! I cannot believe how far technology has come. I think the idea of a Smart Desk is brilliant, especially for those with special needs. The can get personalized accommodated instruction sent directly to their desk. I also found it interesting that the technology could detect dominate male participation and find ways for more females to take part in lessons. Overall, I think the Smart Desk is a great way to provide resources to students and activate the thinking of every kind of learner. However, I do find some fault in the article. I think the plan to get it in every desk in schools in ten years is a little far reaching. Some schools do not even have the funding to have one single computer for the classroom, I can't see them getting enough money to get a class full of Smart Desks. Also, with all the emphasis on students using interactive activities on these screens, what will happen to their handwriting skills? They will probably decrease dramatically with the reliance on a touch screen desk.

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