Today at SXSWedu, Macmillan Learning announced the launch of iOLab, a first-of-its-kind handheld tool for college Physics courses that allows students to gather real-time data dynamically. Invented by Mats Selen and Tim Stelzer, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, iOLab allows Physics educators to increase student participation and engagement in class as students are able to see the results of any activity graphed with data in real time. The device communicates wirelessly to its software. Sophisticated built-in sensors give students the ability to measure force, acceleration, velocity, displacement, magnetic field, rotation, light, sound, temperature, pressure and voltages in any field-based or classroom situation.
Commenting on the launch, CEO @Ken Michaels said, “This is a quantum leap forward for student engagement in the classroom. The flexibility of this system makes it easy to design or implement virtually any experiment educators want to teach. Classrooms today are struggling with constraints of space and budget. iOLab offers a practical solution coupled with more authentic active learning.”
Fully integrated with the Microsoft Office products, any user with access to Office 365 can leverage the power of Excel to analyze the information they have captured, and share their data with their instructor, fellow students, or anyone else they choose.