Writing on the Wall: Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classroom

Writing on the Wall: Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classroom


The first thing I would say it’s an immersive
large smart board. In a traditional classroom you’re printing
your work up, pinning it on a board, and I guess you could take a pencil and write to
it, but this you could blow it up, zoom in, write on it, erase, make notes, even open
Photoshop, Illustrator, and make edits in those apps as well using this. So it’s like a digital tablet, but five hundred
times the size. Everything is much bigger and you can write
over any of the screens on the smart board, and it’s very interactive, and visually much
easier to learn and understand concepts and work together. Being able to write on it, on a big screen,
as opposed to having to write notes down for everything. It just makes it easier to process, because
we can see every little aspect of it that he wants us to change. I think the technology really enhances, like,
the learning experience a lot. And because it’s more, like, hands on, like
you can interact with the board, you can interact, just… Those little small tweaks actually, like,
I enjoy them. They help a lot. Also there’s ports everywhere for computers,
so that definitely helps. Uh, sometimes when you’re in other classrooms
and you have a laptop you can’t plug it in anywhere, so if you’re in the middle of the
classroom you’re just kinda stuck. I also really like how it makes you feel seeing
your work in front of everyone and seeing it in front of the class on such a big screen. And it’s a good feeling. The breakout areas are really great. Usually what we’ll do is we’ll have one student
connect their computer to the screen so at least there’s some visual reference for the
other students. It helps a lot rather than crowding around
a tiny fifteen inch laptop in other classrooms. It allows you to be able to work well with
other people. And the entire classroom can change into so
many different layouts, because everything’s moveable. In a traditional classroom you’re done and
the students all say “Wait, let me take a picture of that,” right? They’ll all get up to the screen. But here you can actually say, “Don’t do that. I’m just going to save this as a PDF, you
could access it later”. But I could see not just the arts classes
using it. I could see, you know, English courses, or
or or, Math courses. Imagine that, doing your math problems on
something like this.

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