CES 2016 showed a host of new technologies, many of which could be used for education purposes. Perhaps the most interesting, though, was the Klaxoon box.
This device creates its own Wifi network for instructors and students to connect to. Once connected, the instructor can prompt students to complete a variety of activities, including live polls, online quizzes, and competitive networked learning games. Students can quickly share their questions and comments, allowing the instructor to change lesson plans on the spot. Various analytics connect to each part of the experience, further helping instructors improve their lessons.
Computer-assisted instruction platforms are nothing new, but France-based Klaxoon aims to be the first and most intuitive way of enhancing in-person instruction. To that end, while up to a thousand students can connect online using the Klaxoon Cloud, most use is meant to go through the Wifi network generated by the actual device. This way, electronic devices in class (usually a source of distraction) can be leveraged as another way to help students connect to the course material.
Connection is quick, easy, and platform-agnostic: Users don’t need to install any additional software in order to use Klaxoon, and they can connect using everything from a laptop to a smartphone. Connection is directly to the device and doesn’t require additional Internet access.
The device is available for rent now, after undergoing real-world testing in companies like Schneider Electric and L’Oréal. It has also been tested at the University of Rennes, among others.
Find out more (and organize a demonstration of the device) here.
The Valdosa State University in Georgia has been working to improve their IT service while reducing costs by launching a new program called TRU or Technical Response Unit. TRU trains student lab assistants to deal with more responsibilities such as regular maintenance visits.
The training for TRU involved a one week orientation and teaches the students the specifics. Afterwards, they shadow an experienced technician for another week followed by an evaluation of their performance. During their regular maintenance visits, they go through a checklist of things to do such as checking the printer, the projectors and sound systems to be working for the next class.
The program has also set up TRU centers around campus since the student technicians are no longer based in computer labs. Sterling Sanders, assistant director of IT, mentions that “the secret is not keeping all of the student technicians in one location, but actually having different TRY center locations to maintain that 15 minute response time.”
The program also has a service catalog that keeps track of requests. The help desk looks at the task and if it is something simple such as installing a keyboard or mouse, a student technician can be sent immediately. If it something that would take longer, it would go to the Technical Support Services team.
In addition to those features, they’ve added IP Cameras, two way radios for communication, remote support systems, and cost saving tactics. Benjamin Li, coordinator of the IT department, mentions that “ensuring that the technology is functional for both the faculty teaching in the classroom as well as students working on their homework in a computer lab” will prove a difference in IT services.
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