Carroll College, Helena Montana

CITE Sandbox

A 21st Century Learning Space

The Sandbox at the Carroll CITE was designed with three simple requirements in mind:

Sandbox interactive classroom

1. It needed to be easy to use

2. It needed to be flexible 

3. It needed to be cost effective

The result is a a flexible, interactive classroom designed to improve collaboration, creativity, and comfort while empowering students and professorsto make use of the innovative learning technology available. Professors can make use of multiple interactive displays to engineer a variety of innovative lesson plans that emphasize student engagement and peer review.  Since the displays in the Sandbox are projected onto whiteboard-painted walls, students and professors can annotate items within the displays with handwritten ease.  Students and professors can check out iPads and broadcast content to LCD displays mounted in the room.  Laptops can also be easily configured to broadcast content to any of the Epson displays in the room using Epson EasyMP.

21st Century Tools

The Sandbox is equipped with the following hardware:

Students in the Sandbox

Three Epson BrightLink 485Wi ultra-short-throw projection devices.  These devices project directly onto the whiteboard walls of the Sandbox, and they have Mac Mini computers connected to them, though students and professors can use Epson EasyMP to project their own computers through these devices, control them remotely using Doceri or Mirror a PC or Mac to them over the network.  Each BrightLink has a wireless (bluetooth) mouse and keyboard connected to its Mac Mini as well as a number of interactive styluses that interact with any of the three BrightLink displays.

One centrally-mounted Epson Powerlite 915W projector that projects onto a drop-down screen.  This projector can be accessed via a VGA plugin mounted on the wall, via the network or via Epson EasyMP.

Two Samsung 55" Smart TV LCD displays connected to separate AppleTVs.  Students and professors can project content onto these screens using iPads checked out at the Corette Library Circulation Desk (the CITE is housed within the Corette Library).

The flexible furniture in the sandbox is designed to promote easy collboration by creating a fully reconfigurable space where all furniture is on wheels.  Whether you are having a board meeting, a cooperative learning session, or multiple independent study groups, the Sandbox is ready to meet your needs.

Let's not forget the whiteboard paint!  Since the walls of the Sandbox are painted with IdeaPaint, students and professors can write anywhere on the wall without any lasting impact on the space.