Touch technology tables at Sydney conference

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The futuristic learning technology we wrote about in our autumn issue could feature in classrooms sooner than we think.

The recent International Conference of the Learning Sciences at the University of Sydney, hosted by the University of Sydney’s Centre for Research on Computer-supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) and themed ‘The future of learning’, could impact classroom dynamics in as little as five years, predicted conference co-chair, Peter Reimann.

Judy Kay, professor of computer science at the university, presented software for interactive tabletops and wall displays. Kay calls the touchscreen technology “more egalitarian” than interactive whiteboards, because it encourages users to solve problems together. Kay forecasts the arrival of ‘personal digital ecosystems’ in the hitech classroom of the near future, comprising the tabletops, smartphones, tablets and laptops.

An especial highlight of the interactive tabletop technology is that it enables teachers to see at a glance what individual students have contributed to group projects. This feature will reform assessment as we know it, says Kay.

Another groundbreaking development on display at the conference was robotics research from the University of Tokyo’s Naomi Miyaki, a pioneer in the development of educational robots.

In a symposia presentation, Miyaki discussed her research findings, investigating how people build trust relationships with robots in the hopes of utilising them as partners in learning for life.

Michael Jacobson, professor of education and co-director of CoCo, said that Australian students were well placed to adopt technological innovations. This is largely due to the government’s Digital Education Revolution, that aims to provide high school students with a level of technological proficiency and the National Broadband Network intention to provide high-speed bandwidth to schools nationwide, allowing “collaborative interactions and meetings in virtual spaces”.

Category: e-Education, Spring 2012

About the Author ()

News posts added for Independent Education by Global Latitude DMA

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *