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!
Posted by Kristen Swanson