Class­room gad­gets

New Straits Times - - Bots - By Balqis Lim

nar­ra­tive cliP

An ex­cel­lent tool dur­ing class­room lessons, field trips or spe­cial events, this clip is a small, 8MP cam­era and HD video recorder. It is de­signed to auto-cap­ture images and footage through­out the day. Priced at US$141.29 (RM614) at Ama­zon.com.

lilyPaD ar­Duino wear­aBle moD­ules

Un­like other class­room wear­ables, Ar­duino mod­ules are pieced to­gether to cre­ate a sin­gle de­vice.

The mod­ules can track fit­ness and health data, send data or check sur­round­ing tem­per­a­tures. It can also be sewn into pieces of cloth­ing to cre­ate fab­ric-based wear­ables.

Ar­duino kits are great for stu­dents who want to learn about elec­tron­ics and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Priced at US$24.85 at Ama­zon.com.

real-time as­sess­ment sys­tem

The Mimio Vote helps teach­ers mea­sure their stu­dents un­der­stand­ing ca­pac­ity.

This tool can help teach­ers track stu­dents progress through in­stant feed­back and scores tal­lied over time.

It can also be used for test­ing train­ing quizzes and homework be­sides down­load­ing stu­dent re­sults into spread­sheets and les­son plans. Priced at US$650 at Ama­zon.com.

Brain-sens­ing heaD­BanD

The Muse is a head­band that mea­sures brain waves us­ing a sim­i­lar method as a heart rate mon­i­tor. It can be used to strengthen the brain, trains it to stop wan­der­ing or divert­ing stu­dents’ at­ten­tion.

When the head­band senses dis­tracted thoughts, it will send an alert to the wearer so he can get back on track. Priced at US$199.99 at Ama­zon.com. To­day’s class­rooms should be equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to en­hance ed­u­ca­tional progress. Here are some gad­gets that will help in day-to-day learn­ing

3D Print­ing

The New Mat­ter MOD-t 3D printer al­lows for more au­then­tic ex­plo­ration of ob­jects that may not be read­ily avail­able to ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing an­i­mal anatomies and toxic ma­ter­ials.

From de­sign to pro­duc­tion, as well as demon­stra­tions and par­tic­i­pa­tory ac­cess, the 3D printer can open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for learn­ing activities. Priced at US$299.99 at Ama­zon.com.

touch BoarD

Promethean Ac­tivBoard Touch can be used as a pro­jec­tor when con­nected to a com­puter or the ex­ter­nal cam­era. It acts as an in­ter­ac­tive white­board.

The in­ter­ac­tive as­pect of the board means that you can use a pen-like de­vice or even a fin­ger to draw on top of what is pro­jected.

Teach­ers and stu­dents can eas­ily in­ter­act with con­tent us­ing swipe, pinch and zoom ges­tures to share ideas, work on projects or master con­cepts. Priced at US$1,623 at Ama­zon.com.

smart glass

For­get tra­di­tional class­room train­ing and mem­o­ris­ing notes. Vuzix M100 smart glass serves as a tool for vir­tual shar­ing and guid­ance — be­tween teach­ers and stu­dents.

Us­ing the de­vice, teach­ers can make first-per­son video guides in real time that will mimic the reg­u­lar class­room ex­pe­ri­ence. Priced at US$856.29 at Ama­zon.com.

vir­tual key­BoarD

Who needs a pen when you have a vir­tual key­board on your ta­ble? The AGS Wire­less Laser Pro­jec­tion Blue­tooth Vir­tual Key­board works by us­ing a Blue­tooth de­vice, al­low­ing you to do your work from just about any­where. Priced at US$29.99 at Ama­zon.com.

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