Profs use student smart phones to their advantage

Posted By Denny Carter On September 15, 2011 @ 6:33 am In Higher Ed,Mobile and Handheld Technologies,Technologies,Top News

In 20 classrooms at the University of Michigan (UM), smart phones and laptops are no longer the bane of professors’ professional lives.

More than 4,000 UM students this fall will use a web-based interactive classroom tool designed by a university professor to make phones and laptops a way for students to offer feedback and ask questions instead of peruse Facebook news feeds and friends’ Twitter accounts.

LectureTools [4], developed at the Ann Arbor campus’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching [5], lets students instantly relay questions to their professors and instructors during a lecture, cluing in educators as to which topics need more explanation.

“The key is to engage students through their laptops or cell phones, so they don’t drift off onto social networking sites,” said Perry Samson [6], a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences at UM and the developer of LectureTools. “We’ve shown we can do that.”

LectureTools became commercially available in August after being created in 2009.

Using LectureTools, a student can… READ MORE HERE.

 

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