Sunday, January 31, 2010
Whoa...Giant Multi Touch Boards
At Educon, there were amazing conversations, great ideas, and.....drumroll please....A GIANT MULTI TOUCH BOARD!!! First of all, I must admit, I was "wowed" by the technology. After playing with it using a few different applications, several people in the session starting questioning the people providing the demonstration. Importantly, the people WHO MADE the board asked the question: Is this useful to education? How could you see yourself using it? To me, this was monumental. Instead of having someone preach about the multitude of uses for a "high-powered IWB," they were analyzing it's possible implications for educators. Let's take a step backward and evaluate the tools we have in our schools. Are they conducive to the missions and visions of our schools? Do they advance student learning in a collaborative manner? Do they assist students in the construction of meaningful knowledge? Good questions for any piece of "fun technology" that you'd like to see in classrooms!