Educational Technology

November 29, 2012

Interactive school desk ‘boosts maths’ claims research

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by the BBC

The multi-touch, multi-user interactive ‘smart’ desks were designed, built and tested by Durham University. The desks help children work together without any one individual dominating, the three-year project involving 400 children aged eight to 10 suggests. Researchers said high costs mean the desks are “some way off” being a regular feature in schools. However, they said they have already found a number of ways of reducing the cost of the technology. They act like multi-touch interactive white boards so that several students can use any desk at once. This makes it is easier for students to collaborate on finding solutions to problems, according to the study, published in the journal Learning and Instruction.

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