NOVA Classroom Technology: A Student's Perspective

Posted by Jerry Doll on Tue, Apr, 24, 2012 @ 14:04 PM

Guest Blogger:  Lauren Moffett

Learn graphicUnbeknownst to NOVA, I’ve had personal experience with their Trolley H-Class before our professional relationship ever began. I had the privilege of first using their product in a summer session Statistics class when I was attending East Stroudsburg University as an undergrad.

Being the kind of student I was, on the first day of classes, I entered the designated room in the math wing, labeled ‘Computer Lab’, and sat in the very front, with my back to the students already present. After I had gotten all of my required textbooks, notebooks, calculator, and various writing utensils out of my bag and organized neatly on the desk, I began to take in my surroundings. It was then that I realized that there weren’t any computers to be seen, not even at the teacher’s station. I began investigating the underside of my desk where I discovered a tower, keyboard, and mouse, but no monitor. There was a black rectangle on my desk, of which I assumed the monitor came from. But I had no idea how to make this happen.

It was then that I heard a motorized sound from behind me. A senior had nonchalantly come into class and had put her monitor from its hiding place into its upright position. As if this sound was the starting gun to mark the beginning of a race, every other student in the class engaged their monitors to magically appear. As I was sitting in front of the senior, I did not witness how she was able to bring the monitor from the underside of the desk. I was flabbergasted and was too shy to ask how she did it. Apparently I hadn’t gotten the memo on how to use the technology that sat in front of me. So I turned back to my desk and snooped around for the solution.

I saw what I had overlooked. A lever, located on the right side of the flat rectangle in front of me, was the answer to my inquiry. After lifting the lever, instantly, the monitor began to ascend into a usable position. I had figured it out and realized just how easy it was to use the trolley.

In our classroom setting, the trolleys were awesome. We had to complete a lot of group work, from running data in various programs on the computer to solving problems from our textbooks. With each of these scenarios, the trolley was impressive. When we were in need of space to spread out our books, we retracted the monitors so that we could use the entire desk for space. If, in our groups, we only needed to use one computer and the rest of us needed use the textbook, it was just as easy to retract the few computers and to leave the one in its upright position. Any combination made sense and was easy to use.

The trolley made learning interesting; as well as being convenient, it easy to use. I was blown away from first use, and was continually excited to find reasons to use my newfound tool.

The Trolley H-Class is the older version of the Trolley systems; the current version is the Trolley E-Class, which offers a more convenient two-button system for the respective up and down positions of the monitor, versus the lever as indicated above. NOVALinked is also a recent edition to the product that works with the trolleys all at once; a professor need only to indicate that he/she would like to have all of the computers retracted, and NOVALinked moves every computer per their request.

To check out the Trolley H-Class at East Stroudsburg University, watch this video, click here. Also, to check out the newly installed Trolley E-Class at East Stroudsburg University, click here. 

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Topics: School, Classroom, technology, monitor, college, lift, student