Collaborative Touch Desks Help Students Learn Math Together
The NumberNet classroom allows for collective education via tactile 'smartboards.'
The subject of mathematics has always posed difficulties for some students. While mathematical fluency can be developed with continual practice, designing activities that support flexibility in mathematics has proven to be more difficult. Britain's Durham University has developed and tested a 3-year project that involves high-tech desks in teaching students mathematics. The multi-touch classroom consisted of NumberNet desks that are capable of responding to touch-based commands from several students. The technology behind these desks, a system that detects infrared light, allows groups of students to work together to improve their mathematical skills.