I heard a rumor that SMART Technologies was planning to develop a SMART Table, and now I know the rumors are true. Below is a link to my blog post, with pictures, a video clip, press release information, and information for potential developers:
I recently saw and interacted with a SMART table at an ed-tech conference. It's definitely cool, but I think it would be difficult to utilize well in a regular classroom. Where I see the real benefit is in special ed classes. Especially the math programs, where several kids have to work together to place, for example, 23 fingers on the board to answer a math equation.
In the near future, interactive computer surfaces technology will be incorporated into many flat surfaces. Lots of YouTubes on "Smart tables".
The conflict will be cost vs. utility. Initial product releases are expensive. The Smart table's price is around $7,000.00.
That is a big chunk of change,
As more companies move into the market with competing platforms, prices will decline.
Web 2.0 Squared
I can envision a classroom that has a "StarTrek" interface for the teachers and students alike. Each desk surface will be active, incorporating audio assistance for the child with impaired hearing.
The whiteboard will be an interactive LED panel, no projector, no bulbs. All images and displays will be coordinated or indiviualized as needed.
The internet network will be an education network, incorporating global educational content across the globe.
(England and RM Education are establishing a nationwide education network).
On another note, a recent article in "THE Journal" covered a new Web 2.0 clicker application (an eInstruction product). Works as a hosted application on the net. Every student needs a laptop, of course. No more clickers.
Technology evolves. companies innovate and compete. If the market is right, they win....If not, it falls by the wayside.
A type of "EdTech Natural Selection". Ha!
What a creative way to find funding for educational technology! Was the application process difficult? I looked at the staterecovery website and it looks as though there are still many opportunities to find funding for 2010, you just have to know where to look and then obviously apply.
One tech director told me that he took money from the paper, text book, and printing budgets to purchase technology because it would ultimately eliminate the need to purchase as many of these products. It's great to share these ideas.
I am not a "Smart" dealer. I do enjoy observing the dynamics of EdTech products and their application.
I recently found a company that produces an "interactive globe". What a display!
Their market is targeted toward Museums or Planetariums . It provides a 3D representation of The Earth and of the other planets and moons. Atmosphere dynamics on a global scale. It has the "WOW" factor.
I cannot locate my link to their website. DUH! Sometimes I wear a nametag to go to bed.