In traditional classrooms, laptops can be a source of distraction. In a ClassSpot interactive classroom, those laptops become the key to creating an active learning environment. Students can share their work and collaborate on the classroom’s screen, helping them learn more effectively by participating.
ClassSpot makes it easy to share files and web links with the class. Ask students to research a point from their laptop, and then send the resulting web page to the “teaching wall” where everyone can see it. Or have students send their homework document to the front screen for interactive peer editing.
Don’t be the only one talking — draw students into the conversation. When you’re ready, simply “unlock” the classroom’s front screen. Students can send information to the front or manipulate digital materials in full view of the class, all of which stimulates ad hoc discussions related to the current topic.
The screens at the front of the classroom are driven by independent PC or Mac computers running ClassSpot software. Faculty and students can use their laptop mouse and keyboard to control these screens, which are now interactive worksurfaces. Anyone in the class can help shape digital content, and thus the class discussion. Multiple students can be on a screen at the same time, so everyone can participate equally.
Students’ laptops remain their personal worksurfaces. Now, though, as they discover or develop relevant materials students can fluidly move from using the laptop screen to controlling the shared front screen in the classroom. Faculty can thus direct student attention to relevant explorations, helping them to use laptops more productively during instruction sessions.