Santa Monica College Monday opened its first Digital Learning Studio, a cutting-edge classroom equipped with new technology to improve learning through collaboration.

Modeled after the “Hyperstruction Studio” at the University of California at Riverside, which began in January, 2008 as a teaching experiment, the “classroom of the future,” will offer students iPads, SMART interactive whiteboards and response clickers, high-definition video capabilities and mobile furniture, officials said.

A lucky 32 students will be able to experience the hands-on classroom at a time, with one iPad designated to every four students and easily moveable furniture for dynamic classroom configurations.

Ten classes will be taught in the studio, including basic math and English, speech and communications.

The digital studio is located in room 153 of the Letters and Science Building, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions Program grant. SMC qualified for the grant by enrolling about 15 percent Asian-Americans, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders, about 5 percent more than federal guidelines require.

Daily Press

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