SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2015 Today, at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, Touchjet announced the Touchjet Pond™ Projector to bring collaboration and cooperative learning to classrooms. This technology offers a counter balance to the one-to-one technology movement where students complete assignments and work on individual devices as opposed to together as a group.
The Touchjet Pond Projector turns any wall or table surface into an 80-inch interactive touchscreen where students and teachers can display and interact with Android educational apps, fostering group problem solving and social learning.
The device is already being used in select classrooms, including the Austin Independent School District, and is receiving high praise from teachers and administrators.
"The Pond is an instructional tool that allows learners to showcase their projects by making work visible and interactive," said Diana McMillan, teacher at Mathews Elementary in Austin, Texas. "I'm planning to write a grant and find the support I need to have this valuable tool in my classroom!"
For example, teachers in Austin are using the device for various activities to promote interactive learning:
- Group reading lessons from various reading apps
- Integrated coding sessions using code.org and teachers' coding programs
- Partner research on animal identification and classifications
- Early literacy stations for sound and letter recognition
"A recent study from Futuresource Consulting Ltd showed that by the next academic year, mobile devices will be available for 1-to-1 computing for half of the U.S. K-12 student and teacher population. We believe that there needs to be a balance, so educators don't sacrifice opportunities for collaboration and group learning," said Holly De Leon, educational specialist for Touchjet. "Some curriculum is best taught through individual learning, but other subjects require collaboration so students learn together while improving their social skills."
More about the Touchjet Pond Projector:
A device that fits in the palm of the hand, the Touchjet Pond Projector is ultra-portable and can easily fit in a briefcase, backpack or purse, so teachers and students can transport it very simply. With the projector, teachers and students can interact directly with photos, videos, games, apps and presentations on a large touch display anywhere they go. Built on the Android 4.4 operating system, it gives users access to hundreds of thousands of apps that can be downloaded directly to the device via Google Play.
The Touchjet Pond Projector can be purchased via www.touchjet.com.
Founded in 2013, Touchjet brings people together through shared experiences using its patented touch technology. The company's first product, the Touchjet Pond Projector (formerly called Touchpico), turns any surface into a giant touchscreen. The Touchjet Pond Projector had one of the most successful Indiegogo campaigns ever, securing more than $800,000 in funding. With offices in both Singapore and the United States, Touchjet has a global team of top engineers and designers who are continuing to develop innovative applications for the company's touch technology.