Technology for Collaboration and Productivity
At the SALT Center, our technology and its surrounding learning space is designed to support the mobile needs of the modern student. Our space encourages a "bring-your-own-device" approach, with lounge furniture that offers flexible seating to comfortably facilitate studying via personal laptops, and shared-screen technology that provides options for connecting smaller devices to larger screens for individual and group study.
The Student Lounge contains a variety of soft, modular furniture, with personal tables, built-in privacy screens, as well as power outlets, and charging stations for mobile devices. Added touches, such as acoustic ceiling tiles for noise reduction, an abundance of natural light, and a soft stream of music, create an environment conducive to deep concentration and focus. On any given day, multiple students utilize the lounge to study, complete homework, and relax in between tutoring sessions. In addition to functioning as a communal area, the lounge also serves as a space for peer tech coaches to showcase software and apps that promote academic success. Moreover, the flexibility of the lounge has allowed the SALT Center to host multiple events there this year, including pumpkin carving, therapy dogs, Stressbusters, the Alumni Forum, and various crafting stations.
The Tech Bar features six high-resolution 24” monitors, equipped with multiple connections for easy hook-up to individual laptops. The larger monitor provides more screen real estate by serving as a second display for greater productivity. Students may display an article or textbook on one screen while showing a paper or assignment on the other. This setup allows students to easily refer to content on both screens without having to switch between windows, increasing focus and reducing distractions.
Students may also share laptop screens and even mobile device displays to 60” LED screens at our Collaboration Stations, which reside in the Student Lounge and in the Classroom. The Collaboration Stations are open to groups for studying and working on projects. Students may connect with cables or wirelessly and take turns displaying material. They also have the option of using a four-way split screen. Additionally, the Classroom contains a large projection screen for instruction and workshops. The advanced sharing capability in the classroom enables the instructor to send the display on the large screen to the ones at the collaboration stations. Furthermore, the instructor may send student work displayed on the collaboration stations to the larger screen for the entire class to view.
Interactive Touch Screen
A large, interactive touchscreen in the Math & Science Lab features the ability to incorporate multi-sensory learning modalities into tutoring sessions. The multi-sensory approach maximizes audio, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile inputs for integrated knowledge acquisition. Involving multiple modalities in the learning process creates meaningful connections and provides the opportunity for higher-ordered thinking through three-dimensional application, analysis, and synthesis. Everything that the student and tutor create together may be captured and shared with the student for future follow-up and review.
Last, but not least, a few computers residing on the Tech Bar and in the Writer’s Lab provide work stations for those students without a laptop.
We are pleased to offer so many opportunities for students to incorporate technology into their learning process here at the SALT Center, and we will continue to develop our Educational Technology services to meet the needs of our ever-evolving population.