A Brief History of Networked Classrooms: Effects, Cases, Pedagogy, and Implications

A Brief History of Networked Classrooms: Effects, Cases, Pedagogy, and Implications

Louis Abrahamson (The Better Education Foundation, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-947-2.ch001
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Abstract

The objective of this chapter is to explain the huge, burgeoning sense of excitement surrounding response systems, and more generally, networked classrooms today. Also why, for an idea apparently more than 40 years old, it took this long to happen! Beginning with a brief history of early response systems, it takes up the story from the author’s own experience, leading through hardware barriers, misconceptions about pedagogy, and classroom successes, to summarize the variety of uses, and how they lead to improved teaching and learning. It then discusses why this is such a potentially important area of study for improving education, and finally goes on to describe the emerging characteristics of, and rationale for, more powerful types of modern systems.

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