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Grant Provides for Model Classroom

February 1, 2011

In this day and age of technology-savvy students, Averett needs to continue to be a progressive and modern university. Thanks to the generosity of the J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the University has been able to do just that. The grant allowed Averett to create a model for classroom design that features new technology.

Faculty are able to deliver state-of-the-art instruction thanks to a core platform of technology and menu options that can be added and customized, based on faculty needs and topic areas including:
- Faculty station podium unit with centralized control of all technology including touch screens, projector, monitor, media manager, document camera and lighting controls from a centralized podium (for dimming and presentations)
- Ergonomic furniture and chairs for students
- Innovative technology to include smart boards (with digital pens), video conferencing and web cam capability

Since the classroom was opened this semester, faculty and students are fighting over who will hold classes there and are excited about the prospect of similar classrooms being more widely available.

"I love the brightness of the room with the photographs," said Dr. David Hoffman, English/journalism professor. "I have enjoyed the Smart technology and will enjoy it more as I continue to hold classes there.

"Whenever I go back to one of the standard classrooms, I appreciate the difference. I use a lot of PowerPoints in my classes and find the new classroom much more teacher friendly to any media being used. I hope that we will be able to get more of these rooms; the students seem impressed."

This gift only funded the creation of one classroom space; the University is hoping to be able to raise the funds that will allow them to outfit all of the classrooms on campus in this manner. Anyone interested in making this happen should contact Buddy Rawley at 791-5654.