Touch Tables and Smartboards for future of learning
Young people are already accustomed to dealing with new technologies and interactivity. Technologies such as iPhones and iPads are a household norm that children love to play with and discover information. Which is why touch tables, kiosks, and interactive smartboards have become the most natural learning interface in the classroom, because it compliments their leisure activities.
Touch tables and smartboards allows teachers a new way to engage with their students in the classroom. Results from a three-year project working with over 400 pupils, mostly eight to 10 year olds, show that collaborative learning increases both fluency and flexibility in maths. The studies also show that using an Interactive ‘Smart’ Desk can have benefits over doing mathematics on paper.
‘The children really enjoy doing maths in this way and are always disappointed when you turn the desks off. We were delighted to observe groups of students enhancing others’ understanding of mathematical concepts. Such collaboration just did not happen when students used paper-based approaches.’
The roles that multitouch systems could fulfill in an educational institution are numerous, whether elementary school, high school or university. Multitouch tables promote student collaboration, engagement and student-led learning.