Academic journal article Science and Children

Star Trek Classroom

Academic journal article Science and Children

Star Trek Classroom

Article excerpt

Researchers designing and testing the "classroom of the future" have found that multitouch, multiuser desks can boost skills in math.

New results from a three-year project working with over 400 pupils, mostly 8-10 year olds, show that collaborative learning increases both fluency and flexibility in math. It also shows that using an interactive "smart" desk can have benefits over doing mathematics on paper.

The team designed software and desks that recognize multiple touches on the desktop using vision systems that see infrared light. The project called SynergyNet set out to integrate a fully collaborative system of desks, building it into the fabric and furniture of the classroom. The new desks with a "multitouch" surface are the central component, and these are networked and linked to a main Smart Board.

Using multitouch desks in the new classroom, the children were able to work together in new ways to solve and answer questions and problems using inventive solutions. Seeing what your friends are doing, and being able to fully participate in group activities, offers new ways of working in class, the researchers say.

The "Star Trek classroom" could also help learning and teaching in other subjects. …

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