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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: Great idea! Recording rooms are actually part of the overall design, but that may not come for a little while yet. Yes, the focus is very much on them being coaches. If they understand how to leverage the technology to take care of the basics so they can focus on analyzing student performance and connecting with them to be sure they understand the material in a real world way, then the center has done its job!
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      Oct 2 2013: A big advantage to interactive-classes is that every kid answers every question, and (not) just a few answering one question each.
      Plus the teacher get the results in real time, not the following year in a report, so the teacher can see if the class or a student need help in an area or not. For example the teacher could see 60% of a class did poorly on yesterday’s subject, and adjust today’s class to help improve their understanding of the subject.

      Now if each student had a laptop/tablet that popped up the question when teacher teacher ask it to the class, every kid answers every question and not just a few. that would also give the real time results, via the teacher's tablet showing the answer given.

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