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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    As this November draws to a close, we want to express our immensely gratitude for your support and confidence in us.   On behalf of the entire SMARTdesks family, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  
  • Don't Drop the Pencil Yet: Why Writing Longhand is Still Important

    The so-called paperless society has long been an aim of futurists and technology innovators alike. As computers and handheld devices have proliferated in recent years, we’re closer than ever to making that vision a reality. But it turns out that there are some unintended consequences to favoring electronic devices over...
  • Does the Teacher Know Best? He/She Sure Does in China

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) about an American family’s experience in the Chinese education system has gotten a lot of attention recently. Whereas in the U.S., where teachers are frequently questioned and challenged by students and parents alike, Chinese teachers tolerate none of it: they...
  • BYOD Alternatives for Classroom Polling

    During the course of a lesson in an active learning environment, instructors may want to conduct some type of classroom poll, which can get complicated in a BYOD (“bring your own device”) environment. Fortunately, there are several options available that allow students to participate in classroom polls while using their...
  • Open Source College Textbooks Going Mainstream?

    One frequent headache for the average college student is dealing with textbooks. They’re expensive, used copies in decent condition can be hard to find, and textbook companies frequently come out with “new” editions that are minimally revised versions of the previous edition. But an initiative out of Houston-based Rice University...

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