We are pleased to announce the availability, beginning December 2013, of a new tool for class collaboration: two “Steelcase Verb Collaboration Kits.” Each kit consists of an easel on casters that holds 14 Steelcase Verb boards, a set of dry-erase markers with erasers, and two iPads (4th gen.). The kits will be stored in the clinical simulation area and instructors will be able to reserve and check them out from Ann Hebl.
Verb boards are double-sided whiteboards similar in size to traditional flip-charts. Each is double-sided to offer maximum writing space, and has a handle so it can easily be carried or moved around. It’s small enough to be placed on a table flat for quick note-taking or brainstorming during small-group activity, and yet big enough to be legible when you want to share ideas with the other 9 people at the Active Learning Classroom (ALC) table. For those times when you want to share your ideas with all other 76 students in the ALC, an iPad can be used to take quick snapshots of several Verb boards, which – in turn – can be displayed and further annotated on iPads connected to ALC’s class projectors/large screens.
Each “kit” has sufficient boards to accommodate groups of 3 (plus 2 additional boards for instructor use), or larger in each ALC. This simple combination of traditional and new technology (whiteboard + iPad) opens up numerous possibilities for different types of small group activities, from simple lists, graphs, to mind-maps and diagrams. In the coming weeks we will post online several ideas for classroom activities for which the new collaboration kits would be particularly useful – some of these ideas were presented at the School of Nursing Teaching Colloquium on Nov. 13, 2013 (You can view the PDF of slides from the Teaching Colloquium – UW-Madison Net-ID log-in required for access).
Originally published Sep 09, 2013; updated Nov 15, 2013.
Image credit: PlaceIt by Breezi (iPad) & Steelcase (photos of students using Verb boards and a Verb board sets and tables).