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Students experience how Next Generation Technology Classroom can aid education

Tech smart room immerses students in project-based learning, enables easy retrieval of notes, lecture


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Erika Rose
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Charles Sheid
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As technology becomes more embedded into the fabric of our daily lives, so does the way in which we communicate, learn and engage. With this in mind, Indiana University Northwest recently transformed a classroom into a state-of-the-art, technology-rich collaborative learning environment.

The room, coined the ‘Next Generation Technology Classroom,’ will help to stimulate student’s learning through a specially designed flexible learning space and technologically advanced learning tools.

The School of Education, along with Information Technology Services, has been giving its tech smart classroom a test run over the past couple of semesters. In a pilot project led by Professor of Education Paul Blohm, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology Ju Park, Ph.D. the faculty is encouraged to try out the tools available to aid learning. Features include video conferencing, tables that lend themselves to collaborative work, computer stations on wheels and specialized audio-visual tools that make it easy to record, distribute and replay entire lessons.

To see students working with the classroom's tech-friendly learning tools, view this video:

Components of the classroom include:

Flexible learning spaces. The space is an innovative project-based learning (PBL) area, not a lecture hall, in which tables can be moved around easily, lending themselves to collaborative work.

Huddle board. This is a white board that can be used to compile ideas and notes at group tables and then be snapped onto a wheeled easel that can easily be moved around the room for presentations.

CopyCam. This image capturing system converts the classroom white board into a digital copy board, enabling instant capture of notes and images. The CopyCam is able to digitally capture and save an image to an instructor’s portable USB drive, a Web page or printer. The capture process does not require a computer and is a simple button push on a small control panel.

SmartBoard. This interactive system allows an instructor to directly annotate an image projected on a special screen. Annotation is possible in four colors using special pens. The projected annotated image can be captured and stored for future use and distribution. Additionally, the pens can substitute for the computer mouse and control the computer directly from the screen.

Classroom capture with echo 360 software. With this technology, the instructor’s voice is recorded at the lectern while screen capture software records everything on the projection screen. They are combined into one video file, enabling the student to later access computer-aided presentations like PowerPoint along with the lecture itself. More effective than reviewing static slides, for instance, the student can essentially attend the class again, catching up on anything they may have missed.

For piloting purposes, these tools are conveniently located in one classroom, Hawthorn Hall (329) so faculty can decide which tools are most relevant for their purposes.

For more information, or to reserve the class for use with your class, contact Paul Sharpe at (219) 981-4218 or