As the co-founder of SMART Technologies, Nancy Knowlton brings a depth of perspective to education. She and her husband, David Martin, now create collaboration technologies at their new venture, Nureva Inc. The company’s Span™ classroom collaboration system uses a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to enable collaboration on an expansive 40' (12.2 m) digital canvas. Nureva will be on stand B409 at Bett 2016 (20-23th January, ExCeL, London).
To set the scene for my thoughts, I first want to share with you that one of my pet peeves in the learning environment is the use of PowerPoint presentation software. Not that there is anything wrong with PowerPoint software – it can be an incredibly powerful tool when used in the right environment. But when used as a lecture tool in schools, attempting to provide students with information on a particular subject, it can become a cold, one-way communication tool.