Second Screen: The Emerging Next Generation Smart Classroom
Daniel Christian has been a
senior instructional designer
and multimedia specialist
at Calvin College since 2011
and before that a technical
and academic specialist at
Davenport University Online.
Christian has been a Web
developer with Wells Fargo and
a consultant for Kraft Foods. He
is passionate about lowering
the costs of and developing
new business models in
higher education and making
education more accessible. He
blogs about K–12 education
and corporate training/
development at his Learning
Second screen refers the use of (mobile) tablets in conjunction
with stationary, large, Internet-connected displays. Second
screen–based applications will unleash an enormous amount of
creativity, and such applications will enable transmedia-based
storytelling and selling as well as new methods of communicating messages over time via a variety of engaging media. More choice. More control.
Participation. Interactivity. Mobility: These are words that accompany such
Many of us have heard of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) that
are affecting higher education, the corporate world, and in some cases
even K–12 education to a significant degree. Although I think MOOCs are
a half-baked idea at this point, if technologies like those involved with IBM
Watson are baked into the product or offering, the result will be a potent
learning environment, one that will provide streams of up-to-date content.
The instant sharing of
information will enable
the flow of the classroom
to continue uninterrupted.
No learning can happen
unless a piece of information
attention or enters their
applications will unleash
an enormous amount of
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