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Star Trek-style desks for schools!

Scientists at Durham University are developing world's first interactive classroom, which may result in a 'Star Trek' style make-over for schools.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2008 16:44 IST

Scientists at Durham University are developing world's first interactive classroom, which may result in a 'Star Trek' style make-over for schools.

With the researchers' efforts students will be able to learn environments using interactive multi-touch desks that look and act like a large version of an Apple iPhone.

Researchers at the Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Group (TEL) at Durham University are designing an interactive classroom solution called 'SynergyNet' which aims at achieving active student engagement and learning by sharing, problem-solving and creating.

The team has collaborated with manufacturers and are now designing software, and desks that recognize multiple touches on the desktop, using vision systems that can see infrared light.

The team observed how students and teachers interact in classes and how Information Communications technology (ICT) could improve collaboration and are developing SynergyNet which will integrate ICT into the fabric of the classroom.

The 'multi-touch' desks will be the central component and the desks will be networked and linked to a main smartboard that will provide new opportunities for teaching and collaboration.

At a time, many students will be able to work together at a desk as the desks allow simultaneous screen contact by multiple users using fingers or pens.