Computer-Assisted Blackboard

By Sean Carroll | October 11, 2006 4:45 pm

No time to blog! Sorry about that. In the meantime, enjoy this video documentation of the brief transitional period between having human professors and having all teaching be done by computers. (Via Cynical-C.)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Academia, Miscellany
  • Risa

    That’s seriously spooky. But I want one for my office!

  • Mark

    I want one asap!

  • Nick

    That is pretty cool. I’d be curious to know if they have other objects (rolly things, springy things, blocky things, etc) that they’re able to add to the simulation. And object alignment gestures would probably be a lifesaver.

  • Sourav

    Now if only it worked for Feynman diagrams.

  • macho

    Absolutely the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • nc

    This software is gonna make physics more popular. 😉

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  • Nick

    Very interesting a tool, and the demo.

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  • Alexey Petrov

    We have a whiteboard like that in our physics department at Wayne State. We don’t have a program that runs carts though :-), but the board looks very similar. You can draw on it, move objects around, and save your work as a graphics file. Pretty cool toy! I actually wanted to run our particle theory seminars there, but it’s a bit too small. The guy who put it in place for his “Innovation lab” (essentiall, a nice conference room) is no longer with the Department, so we all can use it. Rumor is that the lab with the board cost more than my startup…

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  • Michael D

    A local high school here in Melbourne is running a trial program with about 15 of those boards in the classrooms with intended use for a wide range of applications.

    I think they are using the software from this site:

    which seems pretty similar to the one above.

    of course, a cool whiteboard is no replacement for a bad teacher….

    “But sir, *why* does the pendulum swing back and forth like that?”




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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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