Nobel Prize Winner Digs Technology in the Classroom

August 3rd, 2011

Continuing our blog series on education technology, we found an interesting article highlighting some innovative concepts suggested by the president of a company that installs AV solutions for schools and classrooms. Source We've discussed iPads as textbook killers and the financial benefits of students renting technology, but the solutions suggested in this AVTechnology article offer a compelling case for interactive learning technologies as a more effective teaching tool than the traditional lecture. A Nobel Prize Winning physics professor (Carl Wieman) adds additional weight to this argument in a self-published study. About the study, the article states,
“Wieman found that students who were taught physics using interactive methods at the University of British Columbia scored about twice as high when tested as those attending traditional lectures on the same material. That was true even if the lectures were delivered by far more experienced teachers. The interactive method he used involved short, small-group discussions, demonstrations, question-answer sessions and electronic quizzes that gave instructors real-time graphic feedback on what students had and had not learned successfully.”
John Laughlin, president of Conference Technologies, Inc. identified the six following technologies that could be beneficial in the classroom:
  1. Student response systems
  2. Collaborative learning
  3. Voice lift
  4. Recording and streaming
  5. E-books and tablet PCs
  6. Unified Classroom Communications
If you're a teacher or education administrator, we highly recommend you read and understand these suggestions. From a company perspective, we're most relevant to the “Collaborative Learning” category, a concept that uses technology to enhance group work by giving students the ability to work together effectively from different locations. It's only recently that students can work on digital files simultaneously without needing to sit face-to-face. The days of individual hand-scribed notes and verbal-only lectures are coming to an end, replaced by multimedia presentations, digital ink and interactive learning sessions. But we've got a ways to go. Our KVM products offer a wide array of connectivity gear that allows students to share peripherals, switch between screens, or broadcast their work to the whole class. Products like the 16-Port LCD Combo KVM Switch with Cables, offer secure access to 16 VGA, USB or PS/2 computers, the perfect number for small classroom collaboration. Likewise, our USB External HD A/V Adapter which gives the student the ability to have a second display via their USB port to the HDMI connector on their HD display is one of the easiest and most affordable solutions for adding a second monitor to a computer, so students can be more productive on two screens. With collaborative learning, tablets and learner response systems revolutionizing classroom teaching, the foundation of education is being re-built. Major progress is years away, but if Maine kindergartners can get iPads, what's stopping the rest of the country? Do you think technology can improve the American education system? In what ways? Please let us know here on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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