There must be many ways of getting more out of your maths lessons but we just wish that someone had invented the interactive desk when we were still at school.
Our old desks were of the standard, low tech variety, with a wide selection of graffiti and damaged bits dangling off them. However, the good people at Durham University have been working on hi tech desks which should help pupils in the future.
They have been working on these smart desks for the last 3 years and they have been described as multi touch and multi user. The idea is that a number of kids can work together in a group without one of them taking charge over the others. Studies have been done with over 400 children ranging from the age of 8 to 10.
A Live Feed for Teacher
Emma Mercier is one of the researchers and she said that the desks can be used to allow children to find “a range of solutions” to maths and arithmetic problems. They are said to be like interactive white boards and that the teacher can hook into a live feed and help out if need be. She said that the students who have used the desks enjoy them and are “always disappointed” when the moment comes to turn them off.
The only problem at the moment is that the price of these smart desks makes it unlikely that we will see them in schools any time soon. The researchers say that they are working on ways to reduce to cost of them, and that they have already had some success in doing this.