New technology will help teachers get away from the chalkboard

New technology will help teachers get away from the chalkboard
April 29, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Back when blackboards ruled the educational world, a teacher could not venture more than a few feet from the front of the room. Interaction with students at the back of the class was limited to raising one’s voice. Now, thanks to the Chicago Office Technology Group in Itasca, instructors at Benedictine University can teach from the front of the room, the back of the class or by a student’s side while continuing to interact with their digital lessons. The Chicago Office Technology Group has donated the AirLiner™ wireless slate, a lightweight tool that allows teachers and students to interact wirelessly with a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard from as far away as 54 feet, to the College of Business at Benedictine University. The AirLiner wireless slate allows instructors to control software applications and highlight information from anywhere in the classroom. The unit, which has programmable buttons, an active screen area, a battery-free tethered pen and a cordless mouse, is about the size of a notebook and weighs only two pounds. “Our faculty is anxious to get away from the chalkboard,” said Sandra Gill, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. “We have some very tech-savvy, early-adopters in the College. The interactive, computational features of the AirLiner are very appealing.”


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.