Student Desks of the Future Feature Interactivity, Connectivity

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“Imagine a classroom where children sit at desks embedded with ‘multi-touch’ surfaces that allow them to work simultaneously in the same physical workspace, both on their own and in collaboration with others. Imagine that this system of desks is networked and connected to a central smartboard from which the teacher can send individual assignments to different desks, send one group’s work or answers to another group, intervene if an individual or group needs assistance, or pull work up to the main board for the entire class to see. This may sound like a classroom of the future, but it is in fact a classroom of the present, developed through the joint efforts of experts at Durham University’s departments of computer science, education, and psychology.”

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