SMALLab turns the classroom into an immersive environment where students are out of their seats and moving as they learn
Over the course of the coming year, CMU students will work with middle and elementary school educators and students to create embodied learning scenarios for SMALLab. The projects will impact thousands of students through a consortium of SMALLab schools that span eight districts across the greater Pittsburgh area.
Since 2013, CMU students have been developing engaging scenarios with educators in the Elizabeth Forward School District. This new collaboration brings SMALLab to the CMU campus with the aim of accelerating the development process and expanding the impact across the region.
CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center Director Drew Davidson, a national leader in digital media and learning, said, “SMALLab unlocks new and unique forms of interaction with its innovative platform. This is exceptionally engaging for students and we have seen first-hand how powerful SMALLab can be as an environment for K-12 classroom learning.”
CMU students will use SMALLab’s custom courseware development tools, while SMALLab Learning will provide ongoing support and mentorship.
“We are very excited to expand our relationship with CMU,” said David Birchfield, CEO of SMALLab Learning. “The Entertainment Technology Center students are among the brightest and best anywhere and we are eager to see what they create. When releasing our developer tools, our goal was to improve student outcomes by engaging the broader community. It’s exciting to see this vision come to fruition.”
Material from a press release was used in this report.