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Amy Peach

Director of Instructional Technology, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO USA


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If you had a technology toy room to play with the most amazing educational technologies available today, what would be in it?

I've been given the remarkable privilege of starting a Center for Educational and Emerging Technology where university faculty and K-12 educators can come together to explore classroom technologies.

It will be a space where everyone can get their hands on the technology and discuss in a very diverse group the potential it has for meaningful change in the classroom. The budget is limited to start off, so what tools have you seen that have the potential for disruption in either higher ed or K-12 classrooms? If it's expensive, what groups do you think would likely fund their purchase for a center like this?


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    Sep 30 2013: Rather than reply to all of the individual posts, I thought I would reiterate an important point about this space. I completely agree with the remarks that fall along the line of "it's not the technology, it's the teacher". Part of the reason why I'm asking about potentially disruptive technology and not something more standard is that I want them how to ask questions and decipher meaning from the technology that perhaps the developer hadn't even thought of. Trying something that districts aren't sure about so we can create teachers who know the difference between a solid investment and one that just won't reap measurable benefits it the entire point of the space.

    That said, we have to start somewhere. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions about various technologies and software that might be useful for this endeavor.
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      Sep 30 2013: Correct me if I’m wrong; to me it sounds like you want a space that train teachers to become coaches, instead of lecturers. If so that is a fantastic idea!

      I see the first step needed, it to take the lectures out of the class room. So a studio for creating interactive classes would be great place to start.
      Teachers go to the studio have a lecture/class recorded, have IT edit it and add places for students to answer questions. This would allow student view and review the lecture part of the class at a pace and time to suit them, and give teachers better quality class time.

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