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ERIC Number: EJ815929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Colleges Struggle to Keep "Smart" Classrooms up to Date
Debolt, David
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n8 pA17 Oct 2008
Colleges have been building so-called smart classrooms for years, equipping them with computerized projectors, digital whiteboards, and other tools. Now some of those once-high-tech rooms are starting to show their age at many colleges. At the Auraria Higher Education Center, a facility used by three colleges in Denver, a group of high-school students competing in a History Day event recently exposed problems at smart classrooms there when DVD players failed to play the students' final projects. Professors who hold classes there say that years of financial neglect have left the smart classrooms nearly unusable. In recent years, budget shortfalls at the state level and an emphasis on fixing problems that pose a threat to health or safety have pushed smart classrooms a little further down the priority list, says Dean Wolf, the center's executive vice president for administration. In response to increasing complaints, officials running the center in Denver created a department to consolidate its technology support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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