‘Confusometer’ app helps professors measure student comprehension in real time

The 'Confusometer' updates in real time.

The raised hand in a college lecture hall’s sea of students could become a campus relic if a mobile device application catches on in the U.S. like it has in Canada.

A web-based application for smart phones, laptops, and computer tablets called Understoodit lets college students tell their professors and instructors whether or not they understand the day’s lesson with a click of the “understood” or “confused” buttons.

Using Understoodit’s “Confusometer,” the faculty member can track students’ anonymous responses in real time.…Read More

Short-throw projectors going ‘extreme’ in education

The market for ultra short throw projectors has grown in 2011, experts say.

Not every college classroom is a vast lecture hall. There are dozens, sometimes hundreds, of small rooms on campus that serve as meeting spaces for small class sections—confined areas where projectors can be placed just a couple feet away.

Casting a large, clear picture on a screen or wall is rarely a challenge in the most spacious of lecture halls; professors can place their projectors as far back into the room as needed in order to get a crisp image that supplements a class lesson.

For faculty members who don’t have the luxury of nearly unlimited space, however, there is a new generation of short-throw projectors that have adopted a new name: “ultra short throw” or “extreme short throw.”…Read More