Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Smart Classrooms

You've probably seen computer podiums making their way into your classrooms, and you've maybe even noticed work crews drilling and wiring right above your heads as you try to teach. As inconvenient as this is, it does mean a very bright spot not so far ahead.

The college is in the process of converting every classroom on campus to a smart room, with an internet connection and sound and image projection linked to the classroom computer. We don't have a firm date, but we hope that by winter term all of our assigned classrooms will be fully 'smart'.

As those of you currently teaching in smart rooms already know, there are many ways the equipment can be used to enhance what already happens in the class. Impromptu internet searches, watching of video, even uploading and viewing of photos and video just taken in class... the possibilities are huge. We'll be looking to you for your best ideas and practices in the fall semester so we can share them with the whole faculty.

Until then, happy last days of summer!

 Cartoon by the hilarious Toothpaste For Dinner.

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