Howard Community College Testing Out An Untraditional Classroom Setting

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Students take note: The classroom of the future might make it difficult to pass notes or sit where teachers won't likely call on you to answer questions. Yet you might consider the departure from the untraditional setting a change for the better.

That's what officials at Howard Community College say. They have worked with Michigan-based office furniture manufacturing company Herman Miller to create a "test pilot" classroom that is changing the way students and teachers approach instruction.

Called the Learning Studio, the classroom all but diminishes the front-back setting of a space and instead equips it with technology usually reserved for computer labs and auditoriums.

Among the room's features: modular seating for 25 students; seven fixed whiteboards, including two that are interactive; four projectors; a document camera; a laptop cart with 25 laptops; an instructor station with dual monitors; and a touch screen panel.

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